Lazy Daisy Cake

I first had this cake when we stayed at my Bestemor’s* house last year, and I thought it was delicious.  So did Joshua and Sonia and Zoe!  Since then, my Bestemor has made this cake almost every time we kids have stayed at her house, and that makes us really happy.

*My mom’s mom comes from a Norwegian family, so we use the Norwegian word for grandmother.

So, we asked her for the recipe so we could make a Lazy Daisy cake here at home.

The coconut/brown sugar frosting is the very best part of this cake…it’s SO yummy!

Here’s how to make it.

First, beat the eggs.

Then add 2 cups sugar and mix again.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together.

In a measuring cup, microwave a cup of milk and two tablespoons of butter until the butter melts. Add this to your batter and mix until it’s all combined.

Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan (it needs to be broiler-safe).

Bake for 40 minutes.

While it’s baking, make the frosting. In a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, coconut, and milk (we used half and half.)

Bring this to a boil right before the cake is done.  Once the cake is done, take it out of the oven and pour the hot frosting over the cake.

Place the cake under the broiler, and broil for two or three minutes, or until the frosting is bubbly all over and has browned.

Take it out of the oven and let it cool before you try to cut it.

Once it’s cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Lazy Daisy Cake

printable version (ack! the pdf has 1/2 teaspoon of salt in it…it should be 1/4 teaspoon.)

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (you can leave this out if you want)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup melted butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 cup coconut
6 tablespoons half and half

Heat oven to 325°.  Grease a broiler-safe 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with a rotary beater.  Add 2 cups sugar, and beat again.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to sugar/egg mixture, and stir gently just to combine.

Heat 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter together until butter melts.  Gently stir into cake batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake cake for 40-45 minutes.

While cake bakes, prepare frosting.  In a saucepan, combine all frosting ingredients and bring to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes, then pour over hot cake.

Place frosted cake under broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until frosting is bubbly all over and browned.  Remove from oven and cool cake in pan on a wire rack before serving.



  1. Lisey, this cake looks delicious. Any cake recipe your grandmother gives you has to be good! I have put this one in my recipe file. Thank you!
    I really enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work.

  2. !! I am SO happy to see this cake up there! This was the very first cake I ever made on my own growing up. And I hunted down the cookbook it came in JUST so I could have it. Now my grandfather insists I make it as often as I can because he just loooooooves coconut 😀

    I’ve never put it under the broiler after the topping went on, so I’m going to give it a try the next time I make it.

    Yay for the Lazy Daisy Loaf!

  3. Lisey,

    I don’t eat coconut but the cake still looks delicious! I loved all the photos. I started baking when I was eleven. I have to admit, my first six months, there were a lot of burned cookies. I just couldn’t figure out the right amount of minutes to bake them. I’m glad you have your Mom around to help you. I love your blog.

  4. Our family loves this cake too. We have always called it Hot Milk Cake. The recipe is found in the Better Homes and Gardens (old) cookbook. My mother always made this to take to picnics or church potluck suppers. It is yummy.

  5. Looks Yummy !
    What kind of Texture is the Cake after cooked ?
    Heavy Pound Cake like ?

  6. We always had this cake at my Bestamor’s house too! But my gramma was from Denmark, so she was also called Farmor (it means Father’s Mother). It was definitely a favorite and when I saw your photo, I immediately thought of my Farmor.

    I think I’m going to make this in her memory soon! Delicious.

  7. My 8yr old son loves coconut so I showed him this cake and he decided he wanted it for his birthday party. We just had it today and it was a big hit (so moist too). Thanks.

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