Monday, July 06, 2009

The Return of Lazy Daisy Cake

I am a cake lover.  A lover of cake.  I have a love for anything cake from the most scrumptious of cupcakes to the most towering of buttercream filled layer cakes... and when I crave it, I must have it!  It just so happens that I was recently hit with such a craving, and although my heart ached for an intricate crumb coated, buttercream filled, chocolate shaving covered masterpiece, my stomach grumbled for something fast, sickly sweet and satisfying.  My brain could only follow blindly as it was dragged along for the ride by an incessant craving that could only yield one, satisfying result... Lazy Daisy Cake!

This dessert is the perfect, PERFECT union of coconut and brown sugar and the cake, OH THE CAKE.... what a wonderful egg-y cake base!  The texture comes out somewhere between a heavy pound cake and a springy angel food cake... the perfect base for a divine topping! 

For the cake, you will need:

2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 c. boiling milk
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. vanilla

and for the topping, which is arguably the best part of this cake:

5 tbsp. melted butter
9 tbsp. brown sugar
4 tbsp. cream
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees f. 
Combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla and beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.  

In a saucepan, scald the milk and butter.  Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan, 8 X 8, and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out just clean.  I have said this before, I believe that a 'clean' toothpick will yield a dry cake as it will continue to bake even after it has been removed form the oven.  So, I take the cake out of the oven when the toothpick still has a few sticky, almost wet crumbs stuck to it.  This way, the cake will be moist and delicious!

The cast of ingredients for the topping are nothing short of amazing.  Brown sugar, butter, cream and coconut!  The beauty of this cake, exemplified here with this set of simple yet delicious ingredients, is that you will almost always have all the ingredients on hand!  

Combine the melted butter with the sugar, coconut and cream.  Slather this mixture over the top of the cake making sure to reach all the edges.  

At this point, the topping will look a little pale and boring, but the magic that makes this cake is about to happen!  Slide the whole pan back into the oven again but this time under the broiler.  Keep an eye on the cake.  Pull it back out to cool as soon as the topping is bubbling and deep golden brown.

E Voila!  
The perfect cake to combat even the most intense cake craving!  Serve this puppy warm out of the oven or cooled slightly.  I am telling you, nothing this simple has ever tasted so good!

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