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Lazy Daisy Cake

We couldn't wait until Mom sliced this old-fashioned cake with its caramel-like frosting, loaded with chewy coconut. Even after one of Mom's delicious meals, one piece of this cake wasn't enough. -Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture and beat just until combined. In a saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil, stirring constantly. Add to batter and beat until combined.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Combine frosting ingredients; spread over warm cake. Broil 4 in. from heat until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 343 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • dylan's mama
    Jul 19, 2020

    One of my very favorite cakes.

  • Net
    May 5, 2019

    Great Tasting Cake! I believe this recipe was doubled from the original and may be why it was a bit heavy. Still very good flavor. Original recipe dates back to 1944 and was found on page 41 of "Favorite Recipes from America's Dairyland". You could check it out at Thank you Darlis for the posting. I lost the original and was happy to find it again.

  • Dan
    Apr 11, 2018

    Love the cake. The recipe dates at least back to 1944, published by the WI Dept. of Ag. as "Favorite Recipes from America's Dairyland", a book that was handed out by some state candidates seeking office.See original cook book here... CISOROOT=/tp&CISOPTR=55141&CISOSHOW=55011and original recipe under Cakes, on page 41 on that link. Our family must have modified the frosting recipe by heating it up while the cake was baking.

  • cherylyoung
    Oct 30, 2015

    The cake was more dense than I like but had a really good taste. Next time I make it, I'll broil the icing a little bit longer.

  • NancyStillman
    Feb 25, 2015

    This is a great cake, simple to make and a great pot luck or picnic dessert. Have been making since the recipe was first printed in1995.

  • cher123825
    Nov 26, 2014

    My mother use to make this. I also made it for years. I love the icing and couldn't remember how to make the icing. I didn't know if my mother made it up or if I would really find it. And I did. thank you

  • robnat420
    Feb 14, 2014

    This cake is SOOOO yummy... very moist and the icing is delicious...

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Sep 30, 2013

    please remove rating - wrong recipe

  • islandgirl2676
    Mar 28, 2013

    No comment left

  • Brontespet
    Feb 5, 2012

    This is one of my favorite cakes. I don't think I have ever come across anyone that didn't love it.