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

The Southern Lady Cooks
This cake is so simple! It doesn't even require any eggs. It will become a family favorite!
4 from 6 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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