Dec 16, 2008

Lamingtons

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The last few weeks I have been hearing my son murmuring a new song and I was wondering what he was up to these days. Since the words he was uttering were not very clear and so I repeatedly begged him to sing as it was a really nice tune. Later I came to know that it was one of the may Christmas carols they have practicing for his Christmas day event at school. I was glad to know about his costume too and we all parents are eagerly looking forward to this event.

The end of the year is always a busy time and at Rohan’s school they have been busy preparing for the Christmas event and constantly buzzing stay at home mom to volunteer for decorating the auditorium and dazzle it with Christmas lighting. I too was part of this group and it was great to know the details of the show. Parents have been asked to share some goodies at the end of the show and I thought of making these lamingtons.

I had made these a long times back and I thought of doing a batch before making the final ones for the event. Lamingtons are very popular in Australia and NZ. It is a very common sight in bakery shops and found in abundance so u would never feel an urge to bake your own. I found a nice article about the origin of lamingtons and more information about this cake here.

It is basically a vanilla sponge cake coated with sugar and cocoa icing and rolled with desiccated coconut.

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For vanilla sponge cake
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs
¼ cup butter
1teaspoon baking powder
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Shift flour with baking powder and keep it aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and whisk until mixed well. Add vanilla extract and flour gradually till well combined.
Preheat the oven at 180’c and line a square tin. Bake for 20 to 25 till the done.

Let it cool down and slice them to square or rectangle shape.

Meanwhile prepare the icing
2 cup icing sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup water/milk
¾ tablespoon butter

Combine all the above ingredients in a sauce and cook on a medium fire till it gets an icing consistency.
While still warm, using a pair tongs dip the sliced cakes into icing mix and roll them over a plate of desiccated or shredded coconut. Place them on a rack. Serve and enjoy.

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69 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow simple yet delightful recipe. Your post took me back to school days where we had school chirstmas functions. Hmmm coconut and cocoa wow must try this. Bookmarked.

Priya said...

Woww delicious lamingtons...prefect pieces n look gorgeous..

sowmya said...

beautiful...another one bookmarked..

Divya Kudua said...

Oh yum...when I saw the first pic,I was wondering what it could be..never heard of lamingtons before..the inside of the sponge looks so pretty..and the cocoa icing with dess coconut would make it delicious...your sponge cake recipe is quite easy too..great entry!!

Uj said...

Very nice pic..Was wondering what the dish was until I read the post.. Do you think I can use that recipe of basic sponge cake? I want to give a shot at making a decent and simple cake:(...If yes can I use a round baking tin?

Rachel said...

and my daughter's x'mas event is tomorrow..am more excited than her...

Lamingtons is so perfect to celebrate it....

Aparna said...

I have seen these on many blogs, read about them in books, but never made them.
Your pictures of the lamingtons (the last one especially) are tempting me to make them.:)
Maybe next year.

Usha said...

Looks delicious, I have never heard about this before...definitely something I look forward to trying!

Happy cook said...

I have heard so much of thes lamingtons, and thies look so yummy delicious.
In one of my book it was written these are really famousd in Australia.

delhibelle said...

simple & delicious

Sophie said...

I've never tried Lamingtons before, but I bet these will go over well with the parents and the kids, they sound delicious! I like the idea of a sponge cake covered in chocolate :). I'd love to feature your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested!

Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger
sophie@keyingredient.com

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely.I know coconut and cocoa is a perfect combo.Yummy lamingtons.

Soma said...

I have never heard of Lamingtons before. They look so beautiful. I am saving this recipe... maybe for my daughter's bday in school.

Uma said...

Wow, never heard of these cakes! Looks so beautiful and of course mouth-watering as usual! It would be lot of fun in decorating for christmas, right! Tell us all about it after you're done volunteering! :)

Cham said...

The name itself is very fancy! To tell the truth, First time I am discovering this sweet treat :) Love the inside and outside look!

anudivya said...

This looks fab! How cute, and perfect bite sized dessert!

Rathna said...

Lamingtons looks great. Picture is so tempting that I can taste it in my mouth. :-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so cool. Nice recipe. I think will try it soon. Sound so nice...

Arfi Binsted said...

I made lamingtons last week but haven't got it uploaded yet. This is a popular cake in NZ and Australia :) Have you tried the raspberry version?

Pragyan said...

This is so cool...hey, can we substitute dessicated coconut with grated almonds? Neither me nor hubby like dessicated coconut :( And I miss caroling..it used to be so much fun as a kid! Happy holidays! :)

Sharmila said...

I somehow had the pic of eclairs in my mind with the word Lamingtons. They look so good Shibani. The next sponge cake I make is going to get this makeover. :-)

Shreya said...

so beautiful.. must taste awesome:-)

Alka said...

These look sooooooo cute ...am sure kids are gonna love them :-)

Dibs said...

I see these all the time, but never tried them. Now I also know what they are like inside! Maybe I should make them at home :-)

Red Chillies said...

Very nice pictures and beautiful pictures. In fact, I have been lurking around your blog for a bit and wanted to say that you have a great blog going.

Lamingtons are so new to me and they look awesome.

Chitra Nair said...

Wow-my first time at leaving a comment on your blog (altho' I follow ur blog quiet faithfully), but I was truly inspired by this lovely delicious looking lamington...can't wait to try it out...oh yes, my son just adores the pictures of your Xmas cookies with all that pretty icing...in fact we are going to make them this weekend...a merry christmas to you and your family...TC, Chitra

Vaishali said...

Gosh, Pearls, how delicious are these? I just want to pop one into my mouth!

Arundhuti said...

wow....tasty lamingtons...perfect pics!!!

Usha said...

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meeso said...

That sounds simple, but must taste delicious! I'm definitely bookmarking this!

SriLekha said...

looks delicious and yum!
Join in the EFM - SAVOURIES SERIES going in my blog!

Rico said...

So simple yet so delicious...excellent photography too...thx for sharing

Yasmeen said...

You always make such gorgeous treats,I'll love them all:)

Jo said...

Oh wow .. not only are the pictures fantastic, the recipe is great too! Have always been meaning to try this, maybe I will soon!

SriLekha said...

looks delicious!

Archy said...

I tout it was a burfi.. wonderful.. Tempting pic as usual !!

Yasmeen said...

Happy Holidays Shibani:)

Kate said...

Heya , wish you very Happy Holidays n seasons Greetings .

Raaga said...

happy new year!!

Megan's mum said...

Hello there! Megan and I were so surprised to find out that we know the author ;).We have been wondering how you all have been doing-looks like you are busy. I am so glad I found a blog that i can copy Indian yummy receipes! Megan says hello to Rohan. Take care and Happy New Year.

Arfi Binsted said...

now, i'd love to have a piece to go with my cuppa, please :)

Mrs.Kannan said...

Wawwiii....The lamingtons looks yummy...love the vanilla sponge cake...even without the coconut and frosting...it do looks sponngggyyy

Vij said...

Wow yummy mouth watering lamingtons!
Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

cheers
Vij

Sunshinemom said...

How pretty they look! Very delicious too! Happy New Year!

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of these.

Yasmeen said...

Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)

Soma said...

Shibani Happy New Year to you & your Family!
Hugs...

Cham said...

Happy New Year to u and ur family !

Pragyan said...

Happy New Year, dear!

Archy said...

Happy New year !!

Uj said...

Happy New year Shibani... Hope you have a great year ahead

Passionate About Baking said...

I love the sound of lamingtons & have yet to make them...but yours look divine Shibani. Simply perfect. Happy New Year to you & your family...hope 2009 is wonderful for you! Much love, Deeba

Sharmila said...

Hi Shibani!
Wish you and your family a great New Year! :-)

Vibaas said...

Looks soooo yummy. Beautiful pictures...very tempting.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment.

Sharmi said...

you have a very beautiful blog! came here from foodbuzz!

Sagari said...

wowww these look so beautifulll

DK said...

Made these yday! They were totally yum! Thanks for the recipe...:)

ranji said...

OMG!!what a beauty...loved loved loved it...i am definitely going to make this next week..i missed so many of ur posts...have to catch up!!!

Chitra said...

gorgeous pics!!how about trying this without eggs?any idea?

Priyanka said...

Thats a pretty unique recipe

Rajani said...

these look perfect n delish!! the centers looksreally spongey and soft. you have a lovely blog!

Ramya Bala said...

This is in my to do list...wow..looks so yummy and delicious...I saw a recipe for this is cake journal and from that day,I dreaming of doing it next,dunno when...and here u r with thse petite delights...luv'em

Sussi said...

They look so delicious! :)

CoolStuffForDads.com said...

I have such a sweet tooth. Just finished dinner and these would make a great dessert right about now!

DK said...

Ok I am totally addicted to these! Made them again yday! ppl drooled! Thanks dear for these beautiful things! This is one of the reason god made taste buds!

Chitra said...

wowow,simply superb...

A_and_N said...

My goodness that looks un-be-lievable! The picture made me speechless!
Quick question, though. How big was your square baking pan?

Sheetal said...

I love reading ur blog and looking at the lovely pics!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh my god..look at your pics. they are mind blowing! gorgeous....keep it up.

thanks for trying my cookies.. it's a honor to receive compliments from you :)