The New Zealanders might have officially claimed the Pavlova as their own, but Aussies firmly hold onto the humble Lamington as our national dessert. And we plan to keep it that way. This Lamington recipe consists of squares of sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut. These little cakes have appeared at BBQs, fundraisers and cake stalls for generations.

Recipe adapted from the Country Women’s Association 

You will need:

  • a large rectangular baking pan (30 x 19 x 3cm; 12 x 7 x 1in)
  • Sieve
  • wire cooling rack

Lamingtons

Lamingtons
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The New Zealanders might have officially claimed the Pavlova as their own, but Aussies firmly hold onto the humble Lamington as our national dessert. And we plan to keep it that way. This Lamington recipe consists of squares of sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut.
Servings: Lamingtons at least
Units:

Ingredients

Sponge Cake
Chocolate Icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line the bottom of the pan with baking paper. Grease the sides.
  2. Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until the mixture becomes thick, creamy and pale. Put aside.
  3. Lay out a sheet of baking paper. Sift the flour and corn flour over the paper at least three times to aerate the flours. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl melt the butter in 3 tablespoons of hot water. Set aside.
  5. Sift the flours over the whipped egg mixture. Use a spatula to fold it in lightly until incorporated then quickly fold in the melted butter and water. Pour immediately into the pan and place on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. The sponge cake is ready when the cake has shrunk slightly away from the edges of the pan and the top springs back when lightly touched.
  6. Leave the sponge cake to cool in the pan, then carefully place it onto a wire rack. Let the cake rest overnight in an airtight container if possible.
  7. Prepare the chocolate icing. Get some water boiling in a saucepan. In a medium saucepan add the sifted icing sugar mixture, cocoa powder, milk and butter. Hold the medium saucepan over the steam of the boiling water below. Stir continuously until the butter has melted.
  8. Pour a small amount of coconut into a bowl. Cut the sponge cake into 12-16 squares. Prepare a wire rack with a sheet of baking paper underneath.
  9. Dip every side of the sponge cake square in the chocolate icing. Allow any excess to drip back down. Roll the sponge in the coconut. Place on the wire rack to dry.
  10. Repeat for the remaining sponge squares. You’ll need to refresh the coconut in the bowl after a few squares. The chocolate icing might start to harden before you’ve finished. Just reheat it in the saucepan again, or stir some hot milk through it to achieve the right consistency again.

Baking Tips

  • Don’t disturb the sponge cake while it’s baking. Wait until it’s almost ready at 20 minutes before you open the oven door.
  • You might need to make another batch of chocolate icing depending on how thick you like to coat each sponge square.
  • These will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 days.
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15 Comments

  1. Allan

    ooo yummmz =)

  2. Kara@butterheartssugar

    Such a perfectly timed post, my boyfriend and I are going to attempt making lamingtons tomorrow, I was just looking for a recipe. Yours look fantastic!

  3. CK

    Great post Cake Mistress! I totally love the ‘how did the chocolate get on the windowsill’ approach -very funny! Last year’s cupcake BBQ is gorgeous – man that’s a lot of work – well done! Imagination leads one to wonder why someone would be in outback WA, and I decided you must be doing a ‘farmstay’ on the next episode of The Farmer Wants a Wife! But I do have a vivid imagination :) Happy Aussie Day. And may the mozzies leave you alone.

  4. Linda @ Bubble and Sweet

    We had a big extended family day at the park, it was totally exhausting. Yes lamington’s are so Australian, did you know they sell them at Ikea here in Australia now? Bet they don’t taste anything like your freshly baked version.

  5. Celeste

    I’ve never been a big fan of lamingtons – not a true Australian obviously XD But I think I might give making them a go. I might be much more fond of them if they were my own creations!

  6. Jennifer

    I’ve never been a big fan of lamingtons. I much prefer Pavlova….damn those New Zealanders.

    My Australia Day was spent packing in preparation for moving house.

  7. Chele

    I so wanted to make Lamingtons for Australia Day this year (as I have wanted to do every other year too!!!) but was put off by my Mother’s experince of making them years ago. I remeber coming home from school and finding chocolate icing and coconut covering every avalaible surface in teh kitchen and my Mum looking so frazzled I vowed there and then to buy them forever after … except now I live in a country where I can’t!!!!

  8. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    I always forget how easy lamingtons are to make – looks delicious!

  9. Sheena

    I didn’t like lamingtons for so long because I’d only had the store bought ones, but since having home made ones, I love them!

  10. I-Hua Lim

    Ooo… such a classic Aussie dish… absolutely perfect for Australia Day :)

  11. Lisa

    Those lamingtons look just lovely. Anything that has been dipped in chocolate can’t be anything but delicious. I have a linky party on my blog right now called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link this up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

  12. Gastronomy Gal

    great recipe. Did you make that amazing cup cake too? it’s just gorgeous.

  13. Georgia*Bakery Bookery

    Ah lamingtons, such wonderful things! It was so hot on Australia day that I bought ingredients to make them and just couldn’t bring myself to turn on the oven!! The minute the temperature drops below 30 degrees they’ll be made!

  14. Catherine Holt

    An Australia Day party isn’t complete without some lamingtons. Thanks for the recipe share…yum!!!