Lamingtons (Australia)

Lamingtons (Australia)
Lamingtons (Australia)

We spoke to a few Aussies regarding our Australian entry and all of them suggested we try our hands at lamingtons – one of the only truly authentic Australian dishes.


  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup of golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk


Preheat the oven to 180C

  1. Lightly butter an 8 inch square cake tin and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar mixture together until pale and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat well after adding each egg
  5. Add the vanilla to the mixture and mix well to combine
  6. Use a spatula to alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, starting and finishing with the flour
  7. Spread the batter into the cake tin, making sure it’s evenly spread
  8. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Test the center of the cake with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean
  9. Cool the cake in the tin for about 5 minutes and then invert it onto a wire rack to cool
  10. Once the cake has cooled cut it into squares of a desired size and place them in an airtight container. Pop the container in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight
  11. When you’re ready to ice, place the icing sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  12. Stir the mixture until it is smooth but still a bit thick. You don’t want the liquid to get too thin otherwise the sponge cake won’t absorb the coating
  13. Place the cake pieces on the racks and have your chocolate icing and desiccated coconut ready
  14. Quickly coat the sponge cake on all sides in the icing mixture and then gently roll the cake in the coconut. Repeat the process

The Lamingtons can be stored in an airtight container for 5 days.


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