Saturday, October 3, 2009


Lamingtons. Divine pieces of cake dipped into chocolate icing and then rolled in coconut. This picture shows the Lamington split and cream placed between layers. Some aficionados prefer jam in the middle. More often than not, a Lamington is served whole with neither accompaniment.

Can anyone say..YUM!!

Legend has it that this wonderful tea-time treat was named after the second Baron Lamington, Queensland's Governor at the turn of the century. The Lamington's chef, Armand Gallad, was called upon at short notice to provide something to feed unexpected guests.

According to the Melbourne Age newspaper, Gallad cut up some left over French vanilla sponge cake baked the day before, dipped the slices in chocolate and set them in coconut (an ingredient not widely used in European cooking at that time). Lady Lamington's guests then asked for the recipe.

Gallad had stumbled upon culinary success and today the humble Lamington is the source of dozens of fund raising drives across Australia each year.

For those of you have never tasted it, or have always wanted to make your own, here is the recipe.

Lamingtons. Makes approx. 18


125g butter (not margarine)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups S.R flour
pinch salt
2/3 cup milk


2 cups soft icing sugar, sifted
30g butter (not margarine)
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup boiling water, or enough to make a thin icing
1 1/2 cups coconut


Preheat oven to 190C.

To make cake, cream butter and sugar very well.

Gradually add the eggs, vanilla and salt, beating well after each addition.

Lightly fold in flour, alternating with the milk until blended.

Cook in greased lamington tin and cool completely before dipping and coating the cakes.

To make icing, melt butter, beat in cocoa, then beat in icing sugar and add the boiling water a little at a time.

Cover in coconut.

Fantastic served for afternoon tea, or you can freeze them. Defrost for 20-30 minutes before serving.



Eileen Astels Watson said... [Reply to comment]

I've never tried this, but it does look delightful!

I see you're doing nano this year. Can't wait to read what you write!

Dorothy said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! A lamington big enough to eat with a knife and fork! Now that's my sort of lamington. Thanks for the history too. I'm always interested to learn how things 'got invented'.

SRI said... [Reply to comment]

Lamingtons are Gods way of saying, 'I Love You!'

I have an idea all set up for NaNo and have been playing with it the last couple of days.

Are you both doing NaNo this year?

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