Busy Day Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

Busy day cake is the perfect dessert when you want a delicious dessert, but you need it to be simple to prepare. Oh, and this cake is prepared without eggs! So no eggs…no problem! It’s just a few simple ingredients, and it’s so good. It’s a snacking cake, meaning it’s made in an 8X8 and great when you don’t need a large dessert.

Ingredients Needed for a Busy Day Cake:

Butter, softened

Brown Sugar


Baking Soda

All-Purpose Flour

Vanilla Extract

Topping Ingredients:

Butter, softened

Brown Sugar


Shredded Sweetened Coconut

Vanilla Extract


Recipe Notes:

  • You can certainly leave the frosting off of this cake and dust it with powdered sugar or whipped cream. However, I think it’s way better with the frosting.
  • You could easily use walnuts instead of pecans in the frosting.
  • You could probably double this dessert easily. However, you’ll need to watch the baking time.

Another easy cake you may want to try is our Coconut Cream Poke Cake. It’s also very simple and full of flavor. It’s the perfect potluck dessert!

Looking for another homemade cake? Our grandmother’s pound cake is one of our most popular.

Busy Day Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

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Busy Day Cake

Judy Yeager
This cake is so simple! It doesn't even require any eggs. It will become a family favorite!
4.27 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Brunch, Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans


Cake Instructions:

  • Cream butter and sugar with a mixer. Add in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Whisk together baking soda and flour and add to the other ingredients. Continue mixing until all ingredients are wet.
  • Spray a 8 x 8 baking pan and add batter. Bake in a preheated 375- degree oven for 30 minutes or until center tests done. Add topping while the cake is still warm.

Topping Instructions:

  • Mix soft butter, sugar, and milk with a spoon. Add coconut and vanilla extract. Spread over cake. Sprinkle on pecans. Place the cake under the broiler for about one minute or until the topping is bubbling.
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Busy Day Cake

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Recipe Rating


  1. Has anyone made this with gluten free flour?

  2. Simple, tasty cake that has been around for a long time. Sometimes called “Lazy Daisy Cake”. Also, the fact that it has no eggs is a real budget-saver these days!4 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you for your review, but this cake is not a Lazy Daisy Oatmeal cake. They are two very different cakes, one being an oatmeal cake. They aren’t made the same and don’t have the same ingredients. Both are delightful but it’s just not the same cake. Here is the link so you can see the difference.


  3. This cake is amazing!! Everyone loved it! You all have the best recipes! Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  4. Monica Mary says:

    This cake turned out so moist and light. Absolutely delicious! I followed the directions but baked it in a convection oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and used buttermilk in the topping. I was not expecting much due to the lack of eggs, but this recipe is definitely a keeper. My brother, who does not like coconut, asked for a piece to take home.5 stars

  5. Has anyone tried this without the coconut? I bake for my Senior’s Bible Study group every Thursday and I’ve found out that very few eat coconut.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      There is no coconut in this cake. It is only in the topping. You can easily make a different topping for it. As the recipe notes state, you could simply use powdered sugar or whipped cream. You could easily use a cream cheese frosting too. It’s very versatile.

  6. Just love “broiled” frosting toppings! Sounds delicious!5 stars