I love a lamington. Moist sponge coated in sweet chocolate goodness, rolled in coconut. Can’t go wrong really. Plus there is the added bonus of them reminding me of my childhood, and everything from childhood tastes sweeter doesn’t it?!


They are not that difficult to make either and so worth it for the taste. A bit messy, yes, but Sun loves helping me make them and I love seeing the joy he gets from helping so I don’t mind the mess.

For the sponge I use my Granny’s plain cake recipe but I replace 1 tablespoon of the flour with 1 tablespoon of cornflour, to make the sponge slightly denser, and I bake it in a square tin.

Either make the sponge the day before you want to make the lamingtons or pop the sponge in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing into squares and setting aside.

squares of sponge for lamingtons

To make the chocolate dipping sauce:

500g icing sugar
40g cocoa powder
30g unsalted butter, melted
170ml milk

Sift the cocoa and flour together into a heatproof bowl. Add the melted butter and milk and stir until smooth.

Next comes the fun part!

Place 270g dessicated coconut on a plate. Pop a chopping board under a wire rack to place the lamingtons on to set. Grab yourself two forks.

preparing for making lamingtons

Use the forks to dip the sponge into the chocolate icing and let any excess drip off.

making lamingtons

Very carefully place the sponge onto the cocount and cover all sides well with coconut.

making lamingtons

Set aside onto the rack for the icing to set…or just eat them and get a bit messy, no harm done!

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20 responses to “Lamingtons

  1. Ummm…I’m thinking you need to send me a care package. Lol! Those look scrumptious.

  2. Never heard of them but might just have to try them now – would it be wrong to make a chocolate sponge cake, cover them in white chocolate and then coconut – or would that be just too much?!!

    • Yes you could use an overdone cake. Just stick it in the fridge for a few hours or leave it a day or two to go a bit stale, or it might fall apart on you, then cut off the crust and away you go. Cake disguised!

  3. Oooooh these are something I have heard of (possibly on Neighbours? Are they an Australian thing?) but never tried! But they sound like a cake version of a Bounty bar! Yum! X

    • Yes they are an Aust/NZ thing so you could well have seen them on Neighbours. We used to have lamington drives at school for fundraising so can imagine they could have had a lamington drive on Neighbours as a rivetting storyline 🙂

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