Hot Milk Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting (Lazy Daisy Cake)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 16 servings

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This Hot Milk Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting — also known as a Lazy Daisy Cake — is a super moist vanilla cake covered in a crunchy, toasted coconut topping. It’s one of my favorite cakes of all time! Includes a step by step recipe video.


overhead image of hot milk cake with coconut frosting in white baking dish and one piece on white plate

It’s funny to me because I know my share of people who don’t enjoy coconut, but I just can’t understand it. Some of my favorite treats are loaded with coconut: Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream, this Coconut Date Pudding Cake (excuse the terrible photos!) or this Gluten-Free Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I guess I can see why some people wouldn’t enjoy it shredded and straight out of the bag (I don’t particularly either), but perfectly toasted coconut is like candy to me. There’s not much better than that!

piece of hot milk cake being removed from white baking dish with spatula

There is an ice cream place we frequent in the summertime here that has a toasted coconut cone dip, and it is an obsession of mine that lasts all summer long. If they didn’t close in the winter, you better believe I’d be there all winter long as well!

Every once in a while I think maybe I should break out of my comfort zone and experiment, maybe go for the Birthday Cake cone dip or Blue Raspberry (<– probably my second favorite!), but in the end, the coconut usually wins. There is just nothing else like it!

This Hot Milk Cake is a recipe I’d enjoyed many, many times growing up — it’s so simple to throw together and it’s always a hit! I dug out the recipe from the cookbook my Grandma gave me (just like I did with this Hot Fudge Sundae Cake, Sour Cream Cookies, and Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies) to make when we were having company one night, and I knew I had to share it here! I know it’s not that original, but it’s just SO good that I want it to have a place here on TRR as well.

piece of hot milk cake with coconut frosting on white plate with bite on fork

Tips and Tricks for this Hot Milk Cake Recipe:

  • I increased the topping from my Grandma’s recipe because it is my favorite part! If you’re looking to cut it back, half should be just enough for a light coating on top. I also doubled the recipe to fit a 9×13″ pan (because more cake), but it can easily be halved to fit an 8×8″ pan.
  • You don’t want to boil your milk, but you want it hot and you want the butter totally melted. Keep an eye on it in the microwave!
  • I think this is the most moist (moistest?!?) vanilla cake base you’ll ever eat — that hot milk action is like magic. Feel free to bake it up without the topping and serve however you like!
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Hot Milk Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting + VIDEO (Lazy Daisy Cake)

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This Hot Milk Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting — also known as a Lazy Daisy Cake — is a super moist vanilla cake covered in a crunchy, toasted coconut topping. It’s one of my favorite cakes of all time! Includes a step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 16 servings
Calories 308cal


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 400g
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 250g
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk I use 1%
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Stir in flour and baking powder.
  • Combine milk and butter in a glass measuring cup or bowl. Heat in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals, just until milk is hot (you don’t want it to boil!) and butter is melted.
  • Slowly stir into cake batter. Spread into pan.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes until light golden brown on top — a toothpick should come out clean or with moist crumbs. Turn oven to broil.
  • Meanwhile, make the frosting: stir together the vanilla, brown sugar, butter, cream and coconut. Spread evenly over cake immediately after removing from the oven. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool to room temperature and serve.


*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 308cal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 77mg | Sugar: 32g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Brenda says

    I’ve made this cake for years and whole milk should actually be used. The milk fat makes for a better crumb. But the end product is such a good moist cake. A co-worker requests this cake all the time!

  2. Amanda Wiebe says

    This has become my go when I need a quick Sunday faspa dessert! Love it, and I’m baking a bunch of these for our Operation Christmas Child fundraiser sale this weekend!

  3. Amy R says

    WOW! This was SO darned GOOD! And about the easiest cake I’ve ever made. I kept thinking I must be leaving something out because it all seemed too simple, but nope! It really IS just that easy. It almost tastes like a cake with a macaroon on top – the best of both worlds! Thank you for such a delightful recipe!

  4. Susan Kimmet says

    This was one of the first cakes I ever made, but I long since lost the recipe. Thank you!!!

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