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