When I first thought of the idea of baking all the classic Australian baked goods the first thing that came to mind was Lamingtons. Almost everyone else suggested pavlova but not me. Come Australia day everyone’s serving pavlova but I’m handing out Lamingtons.
I mean what’s not to love, it’s perfect cake covered in chocolate icing then rolled in coconut. I like them so much I’ll even eat the ones you get pre-packaged from the supermarket. But we all know homemade is best.
I won’t lie they can be fiddly and a bit messy to make . You also need 24 hours to make them. This is because you need to freeze the cake. What’s that skip, why freeze the cake? Well you can ice the outside of a cake pretty well as soon as its cooled from the oven, but cut the cake and icing is not a fan of sticking to the crumbly insides. However freeze the cake and voilà the cut sides aren’t crumbly when frozen.
So righty O let’s make lamingtons
You’re going to need cake which is going to need butter and sugar
we’re adding the usual eggs, vanilla, milk and flour and mxing with our butter and sugar
an assitant in the form of a child is good and enhances the whole messy factor
Lamingtons – recipe adapted from Super Food Ideas April 2002
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temp is best)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups SR flour
1/2 cup milk
Preheat Oven to 180 degrees C
cream butter and sugar together
add eggs one at time beating well after each egg. Beat in Vanilla
add 1/2 the flour, then 1/2 the milk. The repeat with remaining flour and milk. Mix until all combined.
pour batter into baking paper lined 18 x28 cm slab tin
Bake for about 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean
Turn out onto a wire rack. Once cool wrap in cling wrap and freeze
Just before you need to ice them, take cake out of freezer and chop into desired sizes (usually square)
500 g icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
15 g butter chopped
4 cups desiccated coconut
sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a heat proof bowl. Add milk and butter
stand bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Stir until all combined and nice and smooth
Holding each piece of cake on a fork one at a time dip them in the icing until completely covered in icing. Let excess drip off then roll in coconut.
place on rack to let icing harden slightly (essentially you need to be able pick the lamingtons up without getting totally covered in chocolate icing).
You can vary it by cutting pieces of the un iced cake into 2 spreading jam or cream (or both) between the 2 halves then sandwiching back together and ice as above
Store in an air tight container.