From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a split personality when it comes to cooking. Unlike a true foodie, I don't believe every morsel that I make for my family and friends has to take hours prepare or be made with only the finest and freshest of ingredients. I love to cook for those I love, and while I often spend hours in the kitchen, I don't feel that exhaustion is a measure of my affection for the folks who gather at my table. I guess that's how it happens that a kitchen that produces Veal Prince Orloff and has pressed a duck or two is also known for its Chili Mac. The recipe I'm featuring tonight is for a simple, old-fashioned snack cake that's topped with a coconut glaze. It is not meant for foodies. It's a lovely little cake that is inexpensive and almost effortless to make, but I must warn those of you who favor barely sweet desserts, that this one will send you into sugar shock. It really is meant for those who have a sweet tooth, a really sweet tooth. The are no tricks to making this cake, but I do want to remind you that this type of topping can burn in an instant, so please keep your eye on the cake when you put it under the broiler. I'm told that the cake is a good keeper, but I can;t speak to that as I've never had leftovers to deal with. I do hope that those of you who like sweet desserts you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the cake is made.
Lazy Day Cake with Coconut Glaze...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home Baking
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2) Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
3) Scrape batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
4) Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Broil 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 9 servings.
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