I remember making Lamingtons when I was a child. Didn’t know it was a famous Australian dessert back then. It was a cake I was making with my sisters while messing up the whole kitchen counter with coconut spilling all over.
For years it was a staple dessert we would make. I guess we loved the coconut and chocolate combo and how simple it was to make it.
I still love the Lamingtons for the same reason. 🙂
Juicy and soft sponge covered with delicious melted chocolate and then covered in desiccated coconut shreds.
One bite of this delicious cake will be enough for you to fall in love with famous Australian jam.
As with all my food, I will show you how easy is to make Lamingtons from scratch from the ingredients you have at home.
The traditional version doesn’t have jam or whipped cream in it, but just chocolate and coconut.
Easy Lamingtons recipe from scratch
The beauty of this cake is not only in its simple ingredients but also in its simple preparation.
Lamingtons ingredients are super simple:
- desiccated coconut
- baking powder
The preparation of this delicious cake is divided in 3 parts:
- mixing ingredients
- rolling the cubes in chocolate and desiccated coconut shreds
TIP: Add both chocolate and coconut sparingly into the plates on which you will roll them (add more as needed). If too much chocolate is on the plate the Lamingtons will get too soaked in it.
On the other hand, if you put all your desiccated coconut on the plate immediately it will get clumpy with dripping chocolate and it will not be as white, but will get muddy and will not stick well to the chocolate.
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How long do Lamingtons keep for?
If stored in an airtight container, they will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days.
But, if you have made a whole bunch, you can freeze them easily too. Use the zip lock bag and place them carefully one on top of other with some parchment paper in between.
Paper will prevent them from freezing together in a big clump and you will be able to take out only pieces you want to defrost.
Can you eat them when pregnant?
Yes, they are perfectly safe in pregnancy. They don’t contain ingredients that would upset the stomach. I have seen some versions of this cake with some Rum or other alcohol but if you stick to the traditional recipe you will be completely fine.
Did you make this delicious Lamingtons?
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Yields 20-26 servings
Lamingtons are one of my favorite childhood cakes. Super easy and fun to make. This cake can be served all year round with hot or cold drinks. The perfect combination of chocolate and coconut will for sure become a special treat in your house.
25 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
- 4 eggs
- 1 vanilla sugar (or vanilla flavor)
- 16 tablespoons of flour
- 14 tablespoons of oil
- 14 tablespoons of sugar
- 10 tablespoons of milk
- 1 baking powder
- FOR COATING
- 250 ml of milk
- 100 grams of sugar
- 200 grams of chocolate
- 15 grams of butter
- 150 grams of desiccated coconut
- Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl (or your kitchen robot) and whisk on high speed until they become light yellow and creamy.
- Add vanilla sugar or vanilla flavoring to it. Continue to whisk on low speed.
- Add milk and oil and continue to whisk on low speed.
- In a separate bowl add flour and baking powder and stir them together.
- Add the flour slowly to the eggs mix.
- Once the flour has been well, prepare the baking tray by greasing it with oil and then covered in flour.
- Pour the mix into the tray.
- Bake on 200 C preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (the top will become golden brown and when pierced with toothpick it will come out clean).
- Once the cake cools down cut it into squares or rectangles.
- Melt together all coating ingredients (milk, sugar, butter and chocolate).
- Once melted pour one part into a plate and in second plate put coconut.
- Dip the cake into the chocolate and then immediately into the desiccated coconut.
- Use two forks to work as using the fingers you will press the coconut too much into the chocolate and it will look muddy.
- Place all Lamingtons on a tray (don't stack them until they completely cool down) allowing them to cool down and absorb all the moisture.