Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mmmmm Lamingtons

Named after Lord Lamington, the Governor of Queensland in the late 1800′s, the iconic lamington is as Australian as bbq’s, backyard cricket & vegemite! There are now many variations of this humble cake but nothing can quite beat those of the classic variety. Why not whip up a few for your Australia Day celebrations?

Serves 8


125g butter
1 3/4 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup self raising Flour
2/3 cup milk
1 tspn vanilla essence

3 cups icing sugar
1 tspn butter
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 tbspn cocoa
desert spoon of golden syrup
fine shredded coconut for rolling


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla essence and then add each egg one at a time. 
  2. Add the self raising flour alternatively with milk to ensure a good mix. 
  3. Pour the mix into a greased square cake tin, 28cm x 18cm (or similar) and bake in a moderate oven (around   180 degrees celsius) for 30 minutes or so.
  4. Take the baked sponge out of the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled cut the sponge into 4cm by 4cm pieces. Wrap the cake pieces in foil and put in the freezer.
  5. Place the icing sugar, butter, vanilla essence, cocoa and golden syrup into a metal bowl and heat over boiling water – make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the bottom of the saucepan.
  6. Mix these ingredients well to make a smooth, slightly runny consistency (use a dash of hot water if too thick).
  7. Once the sponge is firm enough, remove from the freezer and using a fork, hold each sponge cube over the bowl of icing mixture and spoon the mixture over the cube until completely covered.
  8. While the icing mixture is still wet, roll the cube in the shredded coconut and then place on a wire rack or a sheet of baking paper to set. 
These lamingtons can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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  1. I love a good lamington. My Nan makes the best lamington ever!

  2. And apparently they were invented in Toowoomba!! gxo

  3. I'll take mine with a cream layer thanks.

    By the way, I absolutely love this song, "I am Australian".
    I'm going to try and get our school to act it out as part of end of year celebrations one year! I can see all the kids dressed as the various characters.