Lazy Dazy Cake

I have had this recipe for a very long time. Perhaps over 30 years. It is just written on a small piece of paper so who knows where I got the recipe from!

Sometimes I just crave this sweet dense vanilla cake with the delicious crispy coconut topping.

The cake bakes for 30 minutes so it is a quick recipe to make when you might need cake NOW!  

Quick to put together and bakes in a square pan so it makes just enough.

Here is the recipe

Lazy Dazy Cake



1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp butter


5 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp melted butter

2 tbsp milk

1 cup shredded coconut *** I used sweetened coconut which was in my pantry


Preheat oven to 350F

Grease a square pan  8×8

  1. In a small saucepan heat the milk and butter to just about boiling, stir.
    Remove the pot from the heat & set aside
  2. Mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until smooth
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, whisking to combine
  4. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture together
  5. Add the hot milk/butter to the batter, mixing well to combine throughly
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared 8×8 cake pan
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cake is baked throughly
  8. While the cake is baking, combine the ingredients for the topping and set aside
  9. When the cake is baked, take it out of the oven. Spread the topping evenly over the hot cake
  10. Broil topping until browned and the sugar is melted , approximately 3 minutes    *** the pan should be about 4 inches away from the broiler ***WATCH VERY CLOSELY AS THIS CAN BURN QUICKLY
  11. Cool cake completely on a wire rack before digging in!


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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