Grammy’s Lazy Daisy Cake

Yesterday, we celebrated my beautiful mom’s birthday! We spent the day eating lots of sweets — one of our favorites is this family traditional cake we whip up every birthday, and I figured, why not share the recipe? I mention now and again on YC that I love baking, but in my living situation in college I don’t actually have access to an oven, so baking is more of a rarity that I’d like. Regardless, though I don’t include recipes on here too often, I love giving you a taste (pardon the pun 😉 ) of what my culinary experience is like.

This cake, which we fondly refer to as “peasant cake” sometimes, is albeit simple. It’s a no-frills, sweet and healthy sponge, but so yummy! It’s my great grandmother’s recipe, and something that’s stuck around in our family for years. It’s delicate and light (in other words, it won’t leave you feeling ill with a stomach ache after you eat it). We enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! (Note: If you are not a fan of coconuts — I get it, it’s a polarizing food — this cake does include coconut.)

Grammy’s Lazy Daisy Cake Recipe

Ingredients (Cake)

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (for greasing)

Ingredients (Frosting)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Directions (Cake)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″ x 8″ pan with coconut oil.

Beat eggs until frothy and add sugar gradually, continuing to beat. Stir in your dry ingredients — the whole wheat flour and baking powder.

Heat the milk and butter in the microwave until warm (roughly 1-1 1/2 minutes), and then stir into your mixture.

Pour the ingredients into your greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown! You can check by putting a toothpick in — if it comes out clean, it’s done!

Directions (Frosting)

Heat the brown sugar, butter, and milk in a small saucepan (or microwave) for roughly 2 minutes until melted together. Pour over the cake so that it soaks into the sponge. (The cake can be a little sensitive and come out dry, so if necessary add more frosting for moisture.) Sprinkle the flaked coconut over the top and place the cake back in the broiler for roughly 3 minutes until the coconut is lightly browned. BE CAREFUL, it doesn’t take long!

I hope you love the Lazy Daisy cake as much as I do! Comment below what you think!





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