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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!

A stack of 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.

How to make Homemade Lamingtons

For the cakes, you’ll need:

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

For the chocolate icing, you’ll need:

  • 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

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.

A stack of three Homemade Lamingtons. A bite is taken out of the top cake.

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!

These cakes will stay fresh kept in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week. 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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Enjoy! 🙂


A stack of Homemade Lamingtons.
5 from 3 votes
Homemade Lamingtons
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yields: 16 cakes
Calories: 335 kcal
Deliciously moist and fluffy squares of sponge cake coated in a layer of chocolate, and rolled in desiccated coconut!
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Ingredients
For the Cakes
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 170g, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar 150g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour 187g
  • 3 cups desiccated coconut 180g
For the Chocolate Icing
  • 3/4 cup chocolate (milk, dark, or semi-sweet) 130g, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 28g
  • 1/3 cup milk 80ml
  • 1 cup icing/powdered sugar 125g
  • 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.

The calories are an estimate only.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Madi
    30th July 2018 at 2:01 pm

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

  • Reply
    Renee Goerger
    30th July 2018 at 2:18 pm

    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!!

  • Reply
    Silpa
    31st July 2018 at 6:34 am

    Lamingtons looking super delicious Marsha. Nice recipe.

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