1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, scalded (I had to look this up in a cooking reference book. It means heat until small bubbles appear around the outside, but not boiling.)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup half and half (I used Skim Milk, hence my calling it Lazy Amy Cake)
1/2 cup flaked coconut (I used less as my son kept eating it) (and possibly me)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used full halves and decorated, sort of)
Beat eggs: gradually add sugar, beating well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to egg mixture, beating mixture well. Combine milk and butter, stirring to melt butter: add to flour mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately pour topping over cake in pan: broil 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into squares to serve.
**Now, I do not know how to switch from the oven function to the broiler in my appliance, as I do not have a lower broiler. I simply put the cake in for a few more minutes at the same 350.
This was absolutely delicious. However, you may notice a slight sip in the middle. I forgot yet again to move the oven rack down and also I opened the oven door five minutes before it was done. Nevertheless, I had two pieces (small) when it was done, as did my family.
I read and reviewed Meg Cabot's How to Be Popular for Teenreads.com. It was about a girl who follows the advice of a 50's style popularity guidebook. Obviously I loved this.