Lamingtons

My Dad has been asking me to make lamingtons for a couple of months and this morning he said, can’t you just make some for me and put them on that bloggy thing you do? LOL. I was like really? Bless his heart… but lamingtons… I don’t think so. Can’t I just go and buy some for you? Who makes lamingtons anymore? So I went to the shops and OMG, when did lamingtons get so darn expensive? $3.50 for a bit of butter cake with icing! I can make a whole slab for $5.00. So I have taken the plunge and decided to make them and put them up on “that bloggy thing that I do.”

Lamingtons are an iconic Australian cakes… in fact… it is an iconic Queensland cake, as the origins date back to Lord Lamington who was Governor of Queensland from 1896 – 1901.

It was originally a great way to use up stale sponge or butter cakes, as when you dip the stale cake into the runny chocolate and sprinkle with coconut, it gives it a new lease on life and then nothing is wasted. Today, most of us don’t have stale cake sitting around covered buy one of those old fashioned cake covers, so we have to make the cake first, then make the lamingtons. This recipe uses my large baking tin 25cm by 35 cm and make approximately 24 medium-large sized Lamingtons.

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The perfect bite

This recipe is one of those that I have developed over time using bits and pieces from lots of different recipes to get the cake constancy that I felt was right as I prefer the butter cake texture to the sponge cake. I was surprised at how wonderful they tasted and I am so glad that my dad kept nagging me as I haven’t made them in so long! Try this one and let me know! 🙂

Ingredients

250g Soften Unsalted Butter

1 cup castor sugar (200g)

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups of milk (300g)

vanilla

3 cups of Self Raising Flour (450g)

1 cup Cornflour (110g)

2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder (15g)

Ingredients Chocolate Sauce

3 Cups of Icing sugar (300g)

1/2 cup cocoa or cacao (65g)

40g butter

2/3 Cup of milk (160g)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

2. Line 25cm by 35cm large baking tin.

3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla.

4. Add eggs one at a time and beat well in-between.

5. Sift flours and baking powder together and add only half to butter mixture. Add in half of the milk and repeat that process until all flour and milk is combined.

6. Pour into prepared tray and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

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7. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to completely cool and then place in the fridge to get completely cold.

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I place the cooling rack on top of the cake tin and quickly turn it over it doesn’t matter if it rests on the top of the cake because you are going to cover with the icing and coconut.

8. Cut into uniform sizes and dip into chocolate sauce and coat with coconut.

Method Chocolate Sauce

1. Sift icing sugar and cocoa together

2. In a small pan heat butter and milk together until combined.

3. Gradually add liquid to dry ingredients until you get the constancy you require.

4. Use as required.

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The dipping of the lamington.

 

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Thermomix Method TM31 or TM5 using manual function.

Just to let you know this is a fantastic Thermomix butter cake recipe if you want to make kids sculpted party cakes, as it is light, but holds together!

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

2. Line 25cm by 35cm large baking tin.

3. Place sugar into mixing bowl and mill 10 seconds/speed 7.

4. Add Butterfly and soften butter and mix 20 seconds/speed 4 scrape down the slide of the bowl and repeat this 3 times.  This recipe was made in the TM5, if you are using TM31 it may require more mixing at this and other steps.

5. Then mix 1 minute/speed 4 adding an egg every 15 seconds.

6. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix 20 seconds/speed 4.

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it takes a bit of love and care to get a light and fluffy butter cake

7. Remove butterfly and add all other ingredients mix 10 seconds/speed 6 scrape down the bowl and mix again for 20 seconds/speed 6.

Don’t stress if you feel the cake is too dry, it won’t be. If the cake is too moist, when you dip it in the icing, it will fall apart.

8. Pour into prepared tray and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

9. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to completely cool.

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I place the cooling rack on top of the cake tin and quickly turn it over it doesn’t matter if it rests on the top of the cake because you are going to cover with the icing and coconut.

10. Cut into uniform sizes and dip into chocolate sauce and sprinkle with coconut.

Method Chocolate Sauce

1. Place milk and butter into mixing bowl and heat 2 minutes/Varoma/speed 2.

2. Add all other ingredients and mix 20 seconds/speed 4.

3. Use as required.

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Three stations. dip, cover, finished!

Here are some of the variations that I have made in the past.

1. Cream – Cut cakes into squares then cut in half and dip in chocolate and put a big dollop of whipped cream between them.

2. Jam – Do the same with jam as above

3. Jam and Cream – oh now it is getting exciting… as above with jam and cream in the middle

4. Jelly Lamingtons – make up a batch of jelly (any colour) as per instructions. When it cools a little (not too much you don’t want it to set) dip lamington squares into the Jelly then quickly cover with coconut and put straight back into the fridge to set… very nice. It is a great idea for kids parties as you can make any colour you like! You could also make your own jelly using fruit juice so you know what is going into your Jelly lamingtons.

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Lamingtons also freeze extremely well and are fantastic for lunch box treats. Have fun making these delicious Australian iconic cakes, they are a bit messy, but so worth it.

Please note that you will need to cut the edges of you cake off so that the chocolate icing soaks in better (and then you get a better shape)! Don’t throw out the cake, either eat it or make a trifle… post to come!

You know I love it when you drop by so please leave a comment and tell me what you think! 🙂

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x

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