The 26th of January is Australia Day! Happy Birthday, Australia!
Lamingtons go hand-in-hand with Australian Day celebrations and they always made an appearance at my birthday parties, after school treats and were also a huge part of Australian school fund-raising events. Chances are if you grew up in Australia, you will remember the famous lamington drives, held by schools and clubs. Meaning lamingtons would be sold by the half dozen to help raise money for different charities. I remember mum stocking up (or perhaps she was feeling sorry for us kids having to go door to door trying to sell these) and keeping these in the freezer!
So what’s a Lamington?
The best way I can describe the classic homemade lamington is to say that traditionally, it’s made from a vanilla sponge cake. You could also use a butter or white sponge cake recipe. Today, you can find many different lamington recipes using an array of colours and flavour.
Over the years, I have played around with my original sponge recipe, one that’s been handed down by the women in my family. And eventually after many trials, I have developed my own recipe – one that doesn’t smell overly egg-y and of naturally I have also developed a vegan version. Both are perfect for dipping in chocolate icing (and no, they don’t fall apart) before being rolled in shredded coconut. Both versions produce a light, yet firm sponge that has been approved by the S360 Headquarter’s VIP’s aka all my “boys”, and that equals a win!
I find it best to make the sponge cake the day before and allowing to cool completely and “air dry” overnight. A one day old cake makes for easier work… that is to dip them into the chocolate icing.
You then want to cut it into bite size pieces. I aim for square pieces approximately 5 centimeters or 2 inches wide.
Sure, you’ll get a little messy making these, but it will be so worth it, I promise. You’ll even drop shredded coconut when you eat them… but I think that’s why they are so fun to eat.
- Light & Fluffy
- Easy to make
- Not overly sweet
- Ever so more-ish
- Perfectly paired with a cup of tea
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Australia Day Lamington
This is very easy recipe to make the classic Australian Lamington. Perfect for all year round celebrations and parties.
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 125 grams butter room temperature
- 200 grams castor sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 260 grams self raising flour
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 400 grams icing sugar
- 25 grams cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup boiling hot water
- 2 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/356 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a lamington pan with parchment paper (W20 x L30 x H3cm). Leave a 2 centimeter overhang on all sides for easy removal.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. The butter should be whitish in colour.
Add 1 egg at a time, beating well for 3-4 minutes between each egg.
Sift half of the flour over the butter mixture and gently fold in using a spatula to combine. Add a quarter of the milk, again gently fold in until combined. Repeat.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the sponge comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a cake cooling rack and cool completely. Cover with a towel over night.
Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a medium size bowl. Add the butter and hot water and stir until completely smooth.
Place the shredded coconut into another bowl.
Working quickly, using a fork dip one piece of sponge into the chocolate mixture and completely coat each piece. Drain any excess chocolate off and drop and roll around in the shredded coconut. Once coated, remove and set on a cake cooling rack placed on some parchment paper to drain.