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Lazy Daisy Cake

Yield 9 servings
A broiled topping of sugar, coconut, and walnuts makes for a unique and delicious snacking cake. To caramelize the topping evenly, place the cake on the second rack from the top of the oven when broiling.


  • Cake:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
  • Topping:
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 273
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 8.2 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 5.8 g
  • carbohydrate 44.8 g
  • fiber 1.3 g
  • cholesterol 58 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 178 mg
  • calcium 65 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, beat 2 tablespoons butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with 1/2 cup buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat well after each addition. Pour the batter into an 8-inch square cake pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack.

  3. Preheat broiler.

  4. To prepare topping, combine 2/3 cup buttermilk and next 3 ingredients (2/3 cup buttermilk through cinnamon) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in the coconut and walnuts. Spread the topping over cake. Broil for 2 minutes or until lightly browned.