Monday, March 5, 2012

Lazy Dazy Cake with Kav!

Lazy Dazy Cake
With Kav

This easy-peasy recipe lives up to its name – Lazy Dazy Cake. You can make it in a flash and enjoy it at your leisure (like when you need a break from SpeedBo.) This is a moist, dense cake – travels well so it’s great to bring to a church function or a picnic. You can double, triple etc. the recipe and it will still turn out. And you can make it into cupcakes too. Yum. Or cut into bars and freeze individual servings for a quick snack.

Here’s the recipe:

½ cup milk
2 tbsp butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt (I never use this)

Heat milk and butter to boiling point. While that’s heating up, beat eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Add sugar, flour, baking powder and (salt).

Add heated milk and butter.

The batter will be quite runny – like this. Pour into a greased and floured baking pan (9x9 square is what I used) or you can just line the pan with parchment paper which is what I did. Now it’s time for the topping.

1 tsp vanilla
6 tsp melted butter
1 cup coconut
8 teaspoons sugar (brown is best for colour but I only had white so that’s what I used)
3 tsp milk
Mix all together and then drizzle the mixture on top of the batter like this:

Cook at 350 until Simba tells you it’s done. If you don’t have a Simba (and he’s one of a kind) then you’ll need to use a timer but I don’t have one so I’m guessing 30 minutes? The top will be golden brown and a fork will come out clean. My cake is a little pale because I used white sugar, but it’s still yummy!


  1. KAV! This looks amazing. I love cakes that have toppings baked right in. And coconut!

    As soon as Lent is over, I'm making this.


  2. Oh, you're so good to give up something for lent. I'd give up work if I could or brussel sprouts maybe. :-)

  3. LOL, Mary! You said the exact words I was going to say. It looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

    And I didn't give up sweets for Lent, so I'm good! (Sorry, that was probably not nice, was it??) :)

    Kav, work or brussels sprouts sound perfect! LOL Although, if you make them right, fresh brussels sprouts are pretty good!

  4. Missy, sadly that lovely sprout you refer to has ever been ruined for me after enduring years of the Irish-mother-boiled-to-death-brussel-sprout-every-Sunday-torture. Just the smell of the dreaded vegge makes me gag.

    And hey -- I made the corn cheese chowder on the weekend and felt like I had died and gone to heaven. That must be the ambrosia they serve there! Seriously, incredibly good. I mixed up your recipe and the veggie one I found. -- No cream, used creamed corn and milk instead. Added lots of sauteed veggies to the mix and shredded in some carrots too along with the cheese and it was divine. I practically wept when I finished it up on Sunday.

  5. Oooo, Kav, this recipe and the tip on using creamed corn for the chowder which I bet was A-stinkin'-mazing!

    I can't wait to try this and might do it today, except I'm here tonight and I will eat the whole thing.


    I gave up chocolate but this IS NOT chocolate, therefore not off limits.

    And I have no limits if something isn't off limits.

    Dagnabbit. I must make this. It sounds old-fashioned delicious!

  6. This cake looks scrumptious - and I love how easy and quick it is! Last minute dessert for the boys, for sure.

    And we don't give up anything for Lent at our house. (One of the many nice things about our church. We focus on Resurrection Sunday instead.) So bring on the sweets, and even the Brussels Sprouts!

    I love those little green cabbages! But Kav, promise me you'll try them one more time, only fix them like this:

    Cut each Brussels Sprout in half and lightly steam or blanch for about 30 seconds. Then saute them in olive oil with a touch of garlic, salt and pepper. Some slivered almonds added in gives them an extra zing!

    Or you can use this recipe:

    And your tweak to the chowder sound MARVELOUS. I have a bag of veggies needing to be used - I'm thinking chowder for lunch...

  7. Ruthy -- you could always make it today and freeze lazy-dazy squares for nourishment during future Speedbo writing ventures this month. :-) I love how easy it is to whip together because I usually have all the ingredients in the house. Nothing fancy about this recipe.

    Jan -- you nearly made my mouth water with that brussel sprout recipe! Nearly...I may give it a try some day when there's a good downwind to whip the brussel sprouty smell out of the house lickety-split.

  8. LOL, Kav, on the force feeding of boiled sprouts. :) I agree with Jan's method. Only I always cut out a wedge to get the core out. That's the bitter part. It's extra work but worth it.

    I love the sound of your chowder!! I'll have to try that soon.

  9. Jan, our church has tried something similar this year. Instead of giving something up for Lent, they suggested adding something: more prayer. They put out baskets with every family name on them and asked everyone to take a name and pray for that family during Lent.

  10. This looks so good. Man, why did I decided to catch on last week's post all at once. Now I'm famished.

    This really does look easy. And I love just about coconut anything.

    Yep, I feel tonight's dessert coming on....

  11. My church is advocating adding something in or changing something you do rather than just "giving up" but it's too ingrained in me after all these years.

    They did give us lovely devotionals that really explore each week's readings. We also have a specific theme each week. Last week's theme was prayer. This week's theme is love.
    I'd LOVE me some of Kav's cake. ;)

  12. Oh Missy, I love the idea of adding something like prayer instead of taking something away. (Phew, my chocolate stash is safe if I just pray more!)

    Hope the recipe worked for you Mindy if you tried it tonight. Speaking of which, is it a full moon? Because it has been nuts at the college tonight!

  13. Mary, I like that weekly theme idea too. It reminds of something I picked up on the internet -- a walk to Easter kind of thing where you concentrate on something like prayer, charity, mediatating etc. each week during lent. I'll have to dig that out.

  14. The moon isn't quite full. But spring is coming and young folks, well... They act like young folks, LOL!

    Missy, we do that too, but I've always given something up because it's so easy to indulge ourselves in our country. This is just a little reminder to me to be more sacrificial. I forget, and this nudges me.

    And (in all honesty) I'm not so sure the push away from self-denial is a good thing. I love quiet prayer when no one knows you're praying. And I love turning things over to God because I'm too bossy.

    But I wonder if we don't weaken our resolves if we can't sacrifice little personal satisfactions now and again. My son-in-law Jon (who is not erstwhile, btw, he's EARNEST) is a great one for fasting. Offering things up. Putting himself last. Some days I want to be a little more like Jon.

    (But still write like Ruthy, because Jon's no author, LOL!!!)

    I'm going to go to Seekerville and ask Vince. He knows WAY MORE THAN I DO!!!

  15. Some good points, Ruthy.

    Our youth group just took part in the 30-Hour Famine with World Vision. They fasted for 30 hours, then broke their fast after a Saturday morning mission project with other church members. I'm always amazed at how much the kids take away from it. As I was driving them around town on our projects that morning, they were totally focused on food! It's all they could talk about. I admit, I would be the same way. I just kept reminding them that the kids they were raising money to help feel that way all the time.

    Very sobering. So you're right, Ruthy. We could sure use giving up a little something during Lent.