A Cake for Lazy Days

Last weekend I randomly opened the cookbook that was on the Dining Room table. The result – Lazy Daisy Cake. This cake is a classic which appears to have been developed in the 1940s. My guess is post-war as there’s quite a bit of sugar in the recipe.

Many people grew up having this classic hot milk cake for dessert. Indeed there are hundreds of recipes on line for this cake. And true to it’s name it’s super easy to make. If you want to impress your friends and family with a homemade dessert this is a great one to try. The reason it’s so easy is that instead of creaming the butter and sugar, you scald milk and then melt the butter in the hot milk. Super easy!

The recipe I used is from the Watkins Hearthside Cook Book dated 1952. I did make one modification. At their suggestion you could add either shredded coconut or chopped nuts to the topping. There’s only one thing I hate the taste of and that’s coconut, so I opted for the less traditional nuts.

Here’s the ingredients for the cake:

  • 1 c. sifted cake flour (to achieve the lightness for this cake do use cake flour!)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1/2 c. milk, scalded
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

The ingredients for the topping:

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 3 tbs. cream
  • 1 c. shredded coconut or chopped nuts

Sift flour once, measure and resift twice with the baking powder and salt (again all this sifting helps with the lightness)

Beat eggs until very light

Add sugar gradually and continue to beat until thick and lemon colored

Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture gently but thoroughly

Combine butter with scalded milk and stir until butter melts

Add vanilla

Add the butter mixture to the batter (you will notice that the cake batter is quite thin)

Pour into a greased 9 x 9″ pan

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes

Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes

Then spread the topping which is made as follows:

Combine brown sugar, butter and cream in a pan and cook over low heat until butter and sugar are melted

Add coconut or nuts and stir

Spread topping on top of the cake

Place about 2″ from broiler and brown lightly for about 5 minutes (be careful not to burn)

Remove and serve warm or cold

The top got a bit too brown, but the cake tasted great!


The result was a wonderful, light caramel tasting cake. We both loved it and it disappeared very fast. Do you have memories of eating this cake as a child? Please do share those memories!

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  1. Bev says:

    Looks good! Meg and I will have ti to try it. Lisa, you said it looked easy. Well, it is if you don’t burn the milk!

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