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Homemade Lamingtons

Homemade Lamingtons – Deliciously moist and fluffy squares of sponge cake coated in a layer of chocolate, and rolled in desiccated coconut!

Homemade Lamingtons

Homemade Lamingtons

I absolutely love Lamingtons. They are small squares of sponge cake dipped in chocolate, and rolled in desiccated coconut.

If you’re a fan of the combination of chocolate and coconut, you’ll love these little treats! 

A Lamington is an Australian cake, usually made from squares of butter cake or sponge cake coated in a thin layer of chocolate, and rolled in desiccated coconut.

They remain a very popular snack across Australia and New Zealand.

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these cakes. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.

For the cake:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large eggs
  • Plain/all-purpose flour

For the chocolate icing:

  • Chocolate: You can use milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk: You can use any kind.
  • Icing/powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder: You only need 1 tablespoon.
  • Boiling water
  • Desiccated coconut

How to make Homemade Lamingtons

To make these delicious treats, simply cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add one egg and half of the flour, and beat until combined. Add the remaining eggs and flour, and beat until fully combined.

Pour the batter into an 8×8-inch square baking tray lined with parchment paper or foil, and spread out evenly. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, cut the cake into 16 squares.

For the chocolate icing, add the chocolate, butter, and milk to a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.

Whisk in the icing sugar, cocoa powder, and boiling water. Dip each cake bar individually into the chocolate, then roll them in the coconut. Allow the cakes to set before serving.

The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.

Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.

Homemade Lamingtons

These Homemade Lamingtons are:

  • Deliciously moist and fluffy
  • Not too crumbly and hold their shape
  • Super quick and easy to make
  • Loaded with chocolate and coconut flavour
  • Perfect for serving at parties!

How long will these cakes last? These cakes will stay fresh kept in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week.

Can I freeze these cakes? Yes! They will also freeze well for up to 3 months. Be sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge before serving.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!

Homemade Lamingtons

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A stack of Homemade Lamingtons.

Homemade Lamingtons

Yield: 16 cakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Deliciously moist and fluffy squares of sponge cake coated in a layer of chocolate, and rolled in desiccated coconut!

Ingredients

For the Cakes

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (187g) plain/all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (180g) desiccated coconut

For the Chocolate Icing

  • 3/4 cup (130g) chocolate (milk, dark, or semi-sweet), coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 1 cup (125g) icing/powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

Instructions

For the Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add one egg and half of the flour, and beat well until combined. Add the remaining eggs and flour, and beat until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Icing

  1. Add the chocolate, butter, and milk to a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted and smooth.
  2. Whisk in the icing sugar, cocoa powder, and boiling water until smooth and combined.
  3. Cut the cake into 16 bars. Gently dip a cake bar into the chocolate icing, making sure all sides are fully coated, then dip into the coconut. Transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and repeat with the remaining cakes.
  4. Allow the cakes to set at room temperature or in the fridge before serving.

Notes

Cakes stay fresh, stored in an airtight container, at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 1 week. They also freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 cakes Serving Size: 1 cake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Alina

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Should there be baking powder in this recipe?

Marsha

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Nope.

Deb Grothman

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Do you have any modifications for high altitude baking of your lamingtons?

Marsha

Saturday 13th of July 2019

I have no experience in high altitude baking, but I can give you some helpful links! :)

http://dish.allrecipes.com/high-altitude-cake-baking/

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/learn/high-altitude-baking.html

Silpa

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Lamingtons looking super delicious Marsha. Nice recipe.

Renee Goerger

Monday 30th of July 2018

I have never heard of lamingtons before, but now that I know about them I won't be able to get them out of my head! They look incredible! Thanks for the new recipe. Can't wait to make these!!

Madi

Monday 30th of July 2018

I've been wanting to try making lamingtons! I can't wait to try your recipe out!

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