Lazy Daisy Cake a recipe from the 1940’s is one of my favorite vintage cakes! I can just imagine a vintage housewife serving it with coffee to a group of lady friends while saying “I didn’t have time to go all out, so I just whipped this cake up”.
The name implies a simple cake, especially with the fuss-free broiled frosting that is so quick and easy. But this isn’t just any plain jane cake. The dense yet fluffy vanilla cake, is great on its own, in fact, it also goes by the name hot milk cake which is good in its own right, but when topped with the coconut-butter-brown sugar topping, there is just something so undeniably good about this cake, it is easy to see why this recipe has stood the test of time.
I really wish I could pin down an exact date of publication for this recipe, but after a lot of Googling all I could come up with are comments on recipes such as: “a staple in my Grandmother’s house“, “Mama’s ‘never fail’ recipe“,”As a child my Grandmother made this for me.” , “been around since the 30’s“. I didn’t feel there was much to be learned about the origins of this recipe, but it was clear that many others know and love this cake, and have for a very long time. I also think it is safe to assume that before boxed cake mixes, this was the original convenience cake.
When I first got married, I found this recipe in a cookbook that was given to me. And in all honesty, the recipe had me at lazy. With a new baby, new house and a whole lot of inexperience in the cooking department I figured any cake that had lazy in the name must surely be easy enough for me. I was wrong, or at least I didn’t fully account for the effect of the lack of sleep from the said newborn baby and forgot the cream in the topping. This was only one of many cooking from scratch failures that happened in the early days, I sure cranked out my fair share of kitchen disasters. The exclusion of milk in the topping wasn’t really a disaster, but the topping cooked to a hard praline candy-like coating, and it took me years to give this recipe another try.
My recipe makes a large 9×13 pan, big enough to take to a pot-luck or to keep in the pantry for your family to snack on through the weekend, it will stay fresh for 3 days at room temperature if covered. But if you don’t want to make that much cake this cake is very easily scaled down, just use a 8 or 9 inch round or square pan and Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.