She’s one of those friends who is so dear to you that you forgive her for refusing to give you her super-secret recipe for her utterly irresistible brownies. She’s one of those friends who will take your kid and her kid to a Green Day concert at Madison Square Garden, thereby saving you from having to go to a Green Day concert ever in your life. (Sorry Green Day fans. I’m more of a James Taylor kind of girl.).
And, she’s one of those friends who grows daisies in her back yard and then leaves bouquets of them on your doorstep because she knows they are your favorite flower…or even better, drops by your house with a bouquet of them in her hand after you have both had a long long long day at work .
She’s done that for me so many times that I have more of her vases in my cabinet than I have my own. (I promise I am going to return them, Angie!)
And for that reason, when I decided to make my own version of the old-time Lazy Daisy Cake, it immediately reminded me of Angie. Maybe it was the daisies, maybe it was because this cake is sweet and sassy…or maybe it was a combination of both. For those of you whose grandmas didn’t make it for you, this cake is a combination of a simple yellow cake base made from eggs, sugar, flour, butter, hot milk and a few other things, baked up and topped with a “frosting” that is a combination of butter, milk, brown sugar and coconut, all mixed together, spread on top of the cake and broiled for a few minutes until it is just slightly brown and caramelized. It sounds so simple, but it is wildly, additively good.
So the next time one of your sweet friends drops by with flowers that she is bringing you just because she knows you love them, give some of the love back by baking her (or him!) some Lazy Daisy cake. Sweets for the sweet!