Slice of Wednesday: Lazy Lady


I couldn't mention it then not blog it. Ah, Lazy Lady. The slice of my childhood. 

It's the most unsophistocated of slices. Just a simple chewy chocolate slice with icing (one commenter, Meg from Wollongong, has requested a simple chocolate icing-less slice. This is not it, Meg. I'll work on that one.)

Its great bonus as my Mum pointed out this morning when I arrived with it (you think I need slice AND biscuits lying around this house?!) is that you ice it when it's hot, in the baking tray, so you can whip it out and ice it and take it out with you while it's still warm, still in its tray.

So much to love. 



Turns out I have actually blogged this recipe before (although it wasn't on my recipe index, my system's a bit hopeless.) And that earlier version was from memory and wrong, this one I dug out of the pile of recipes I took with me when I left home. It's written in my eighteen-year-old writing (a little bit more flowery) and is on the same handwritten page as Hairy Sausages, Armenian cake and my Grandma's scones. How funny. Turns out I've blogged quite a few recipes here, not many of them savory! Sweet teeth. Shocker. 



125g butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp cocoa

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup desiccated coconut



Make this in one saucepan, save the dishes. Melt the butter, stir through the sugar and then then egg. Stir through the cocoa and then the flour and the coconut. 

Spread in a slice tin and cook 15-20 mins at 180°C.

Ice while still hot.


1 cup icing sugar

2 tbsp cocoa

2 tsp softened butter

1½ tbsp milk

Mix all together in a bowl and spread on top of warm slice. Sprinkle with coconut. 



The cut-off end bits! I grew up with these bits saved for the family while the rest of the slice was given away or taken to a function.



'Cept maybe this bit.


19 Comments on “Slice of Wednesday: Lazy Lady

September 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

A huge fav in our house! Matty gets all the edges if I cook it after boys are in bed @ night! xx

lily boot
September 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

ooooh you are a goddess! This is the very same slice that my mum used to make in the late 70s and early 80s! I loved it and haven’t had any for years. Baking it tomorrow – cannot wait to have it with my coffee. Thanks!

green ink
September 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This is pretty much my Nan’s chocolate slice. Just have to look at those photos to remember what it tastes like 🙂

September 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love this slice, the recipe was given to me by my friend Jo so in our house it’s known as “Jo’s chocolate slice”!

September 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Looks delightful! ‘Ice while still hot’ – oh my! This one could be dangerous =)

Estelle C
September 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hello there. How funny. I have just emailed you about the slice we are mad about at the moment. This lazy lady one you have here is one of our stock standard school fete cake stall slices. A winner! Now get back to your biscuits!:)

September 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I have just pulled your slice out of the oven and iced it. Looks fantastic and if it tastes even half as good as it smells (and I’m positive it will taste even better than I can imagine) I can see it becoming a firm favourite. I have already had to beat the kids off with a stick as they are drooling over it. Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

September 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

This is pretty much the chocolate slice mum would make for all our school cake stalls. And what my chocolate-obsessed husband often “suggests” I bake. We put sultanas and pecans in ours, and add a bit of strong espresso in the icing. The classic slice!!! Have you ever known someone that doesn’t like it?

September 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I am terrified of trying that slice recipe you sent. Chocolate and peanut butter in combination is my greatest ever weakness, as you may in fact remember, evil evil lady xxx

September 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

That’s so cool! You are totally welcome!

September 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Espresso in the icing. That’s a bit genius Mrs King. xx

Laura D
September 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I grew up with this as a kid and make it all the time for my kids now – it’s my standard home baking for tuckshop. It is always really popular and I’ve been asked for the recipe many times. Never heard it called Lazy Lady, to us it was Aunty Maureen’s Chocolate Slice Recipe 🙂 I had also never heard about icing it hot… must try that next time. I find it works best in my Mum’s old fashioned sized slice tins. The swiss roll tins you get at the shops these days make the slice too thin, so I make a triple batch for 2 x swiss roll tins to keep it nice and thick and chewy!

Laura D
September 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Haha… I just checked your links back to your other recipes – the chocolate balls and the Armenian Nutmeg Cake. Our Mum’s must have had the same recipe books because I have fond memories of both of those recipes and added them to my handwritten recipes book when I left home too! Although we call our Hairy Balls ‘Chocolate Truffles’ and they have coffee instead of brandy. But wow 🙂 Gotta love the handed down recipes! So did you have Apricot Slice (cakey slice made with rehydrated dried apricots, walnuts and orange icing on top) and ‘The Cake’ (oh so basic, melt and mix cake recipe that you can make into chocolate, orange, lemon, coffee etc) too? lol

September 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

What are the basic dimensions for a slice tin? I am wondering which sized American pan I should use? I may just whip up this batter, and toss it into a pan. Even if it comes out too thin, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, right?

Thrifty Household
September 16, 2011 at 1:53 am


September 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I have a head cold. I’m all stuffed up. School holidays start tomorrow and I’m soooo not ready. But I’m going to make this damn fine-look’n slice right now. And then all will be right with the world. Thanks, once again!

September 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

My husband will love you! He is currently out picking up a pizza as I was too lazy to cook. Instead of tidying up the table so we have somewhere to eat the pizza I am looking at your blog while thinking “What will I give him for dessert!?” He loves chocolate slice and your recipe looks so simple. Sorted!! P.s I found you via Rhonda’s blog (I think) and I’m so glad I did!

September 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I grew up eating this very same slice – we requested it at every picnic, party & get together. I also grew up in the Wollongong area, I think it must have been a recipe that did the rounds in the area. I make it now for my kids – but they love it with hundreds & thousands on the icing instead of the coconut. So simple & so tasty. Yum!

Kristy Clark
September 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thankyou for sharing! I made it last week for Grandparents day at Minnamurra School. The edges were cut off and fought over by me and my two girls! It is so, so yummy! I am about to make it again, just for us, the girls will be so excited when they get home from school 🙂


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