Photo: Eatlittlebird
Lamingtons cake. Photo: Eatlittlebird

With Australia Day coming up, I decided it was time to add another Aussie classic to the collection –classic Lamingtons. Aussies far and wide love these little treats and I’ll show you why.

We start with a simple fluffy and buttery, no-fuss sponge cake. It gets cut up into squares and each one is then coated in a one-bowl chocolate glaze then finally rolled in desiccated coconut. Simple delicious flavours that were meant to be together.

I first introduced lamingtons to this blog in the form of these lamington cupcakes, then later added this Rose and Strawberry version but now it’s time for the real deal and this little chocolate cake is it. Traditional to it’s core, Recipetineats noted.

Ingredients for Lamingtons


57 g unsalted butter (¼ cup / ½ stick / 2oz

¾ cup milk (180ml)

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 whole large eggs

2 egg whites from large eggs

1 ¾ cups plain flour (225g / 8oz)

¼ cup cornflour (35g / 1.2oz)

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

200 g caster sugar (1 cup / 7oz)


3 cups icing powdered sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (notes)

½ cup boiling water

2 cups fine desiccated coconut

READ MORE: Top 10 Best Delicious Traditional Cakes Around the World

Easy guide for Lamingtons

Photo:  Allrecipes
Photo: Allrecipes

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12-inch pan.

Step 2: Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Step 3: Beat 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated.

Step 4: Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and store overnight at room temperature to give the cake a chance to firm up before slicing.

Step 5: To make the icing: In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Add the melted butter and warm milk and mix well to create a fluid, but not too runny, icing.

Step 6: Cut the cake into 24 squares. Place parchment paper or waxed paper on a work surface, and set a wire rack on the paper. Pour the shredded coconut into a shallow bowl. Using a fork, dip each square into the icing, coating all sides, then roll it in the coconut. Place onto rack to dry. Continue until all lamingtons are coated, Allrecipes noted.

READ MORE: TOP 10 Best Delicious Traditional Cakes Around the World

Nutrition information

Serving: 114g Calories: 369cal (18%) Carbohydrates: 60.5g (20%). Prot in: 4.2g (8%) Fat: 13.7g (21%) Saturated. Fat: 9.4g (59%) Cholesterol: 54mg (18%) Sodium: 32mg (1%) Potassium: 138mg (4%) Fiber: 2.2g (9%) Sugar: 46.6g (52%) Vitamin A: 300IU ( 6%) Vitamin C: 0.8mg (1%) Calcium: 40mg (4%) Iron: 3.1mg (17%).

Funny ideas for Lamingtons

Fresh Cherry And Coconut Lamingtons:

Photo: New Idea Food
Photo: New Idea Food

Lemon meringue lamingtons:

Photo: Taste
Photo: Taste

Lamington Cheesecake Ice-Cream Slice:

Photo: New Idea Food
Photo: New Idea Food

Fun facts about Lamingtons

Their own namesake attacked them with a homophobic insult

Did he grow sick of having to eat them for elevenses every day? Did he get a glimpse of a future where the cake’s fame outlived his own? Is there truth to the rumour that it was in fact named after his wife, and did this incite him to a fit of jealousy? We can never know what drove Lord Lamington to call lammos ‘bloody poofy woolly biscuits’, but we can reflect that this would not count as appropriate language for a political figure nowadays, no matter what their contribution to the nation’s teatime enjoyment.

States are divided on a key ingredient

Should there be jam in a lamington? It’s a subject that rouses passions and while you might think it’s a matter of personal taste. “They’re big jam fans in Victoria: go to the AFL and you can get a doughnut stuffed with jam – at the footy! I have heard South Australians do jam in their lammies too.” So there you go: if you’re a stickler for jam you’re probably from Victoria, whereas in NSW and Queensland, there is no place for jam in a lammo (or a lammie), Jetstar listed.

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