Lamingtons



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.


For vanilla sponge cake
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Ingredients
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1 cup plain flour
2 eggs
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon 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.





71 comments:

  1. 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.

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

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  3. beautiful...another one bookmarked..

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  4. 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!!

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  5. 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?

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

    Lamingtons is so perfect to celebrate it....

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  7. 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.

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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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

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

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

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  13. 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! :)

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

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

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

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

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  18. 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?

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  19. 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! :)

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  20. 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. :-)

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  21. so beautiful.. must taste awesome:-)

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

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  23. 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 :-)

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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

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

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

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  28. There is an award waiting for you at my blog,please check it out :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  35. Heya , wish you very Happy Holidays n seasons Greetings .

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  36. 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.

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

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

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

    cheers
    Vij

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

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  41. I really like the sound of these.

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  42. Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)

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

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  44. Happy New Year to u and ur family !

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

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  46. 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

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

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

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment.

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

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  50. wowww these look so beautifulll

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

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  52. 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!!!

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

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

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  55. 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

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

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  57. 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!

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

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

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  60. 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 :)

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  61. shibani its was incredibly simple to make lamingtons following your recipie..i stumbled upon your blog a couple of weeks back..there is so much activity on your blog. enough to make me start my own...it would be very encouraging if you visited my blog..Thanks!

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