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Easy Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

08/01/2021

Iconic Aussie Lamingtons are so easy to make and the perfect treat for Australia Day. With just 10 mins prep, this easy lamington recipe will leave you with fluffy sponge cakes wrapped in chocolate sauce and coconut. Grab a hot cuppa and let’s dive in!

Homemade lamington squares on a plate. One is cut open in half.

Why We Love This

Lamingtons are the perfect sweet snack for morning or afternoon tea! They’re soft, buttery and delicious, with a rich hit of chocolate flavour.

They freeze really well, so you can batch cook, freeze, and thaw when you need to satisfy that next sweet craving.

The sponge cake centre would have to be one of the easiest homemade cakes we’ve made. Plus even though it can get messy, it’s so much fun to roll each slice around in the chocolate sauce and coconut.

As a bonus, having the chocolate coating on the outside not only tastes great, but helps to keep the cake from drying out, maintaining that moist and crumbly texture we know and love.

Close of up lamingtons drying on a wire tray.

What are lamingtons? 

Lamingtons are made up of a light and airy sponge cake, sliced and dipped in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with coconut. They’re usually enjoyed as a sweet snack with a hot cuppa, but we love them just as much for dessert (with a dollop of cream or ice cream for good measure – yum!).

When it comes to cakes, lamingtons are an Aussie icon most often sold at school fetes, bake sales, fundraisers and local bakeries. They’re also a popular treat to make for Australia Day along with vanilla slice and custard trifle.

Although, just like pavlova and vanilla slice, there’s plenty of debate over whether lamingtons are a copy of a New Zealand recipe. To be honest, when they taste this good, and are so easy to make at home, we really don’t mind where they originate!

What You’ll Need

This recipe calls for basic baking staples like sugar, butter, eggs and desiccated coconut. You’ll also need:

  • Self Raising Flour – If you don’t have self raising flour, you can use 1 cup of all purpose flour and add 2 tsp baking powder.
  • Cocoa – We recommend using a high quality, high percentage cocoa powder (80% works well) rather than regular drinking chocolate powder, as this will give you a rich chocolatey flavour.
Six lamingtons sitting on a wire rack with a dark background.

How to make lamingtons + homemade chocolate sauce

For the sponge:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C / 360°F. Cream together the sugar and butter with a spoon or hand mixer. Then, add in the self raising flour and eggs and mix into a thick cake batter.
  2. Pour batter into a large square baking tray and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until deliciously golden on top. Test with a wooden skewer and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  3. Allow the sponge to cool on a baking tray before cutting into squares or rectangles.

For the chocolate sauce:

  1. Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, melted butter and boiling water. Pop the desiccated coconut into a separate bowl. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray so it’s ready for the dipped lamingtons.

To assemble:

  1. One at a time, place each slice of sponge cake on a fork and dunk it in the chocolate sauce. You may need to roll it around a bit to ensure it’s completely covered. Then use the fork to lift the cake out of the chocolate and pop it into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut, then once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.

    Allow lamingtons to dry for around 5-10 minutes then dig in!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Line the Baking Dish – Use a sheet of baking paper or aluminium foil that’s a bit wider than you’d normally use when lining a baking tray. This way you can use the edges to neatly pull the sponge cake out of the tray.
  • Square the Edges – Before cutting into pieces, slice off the outside edges of the sponge cake to ‘square off’ and leave you with nice even pieces.
  • Freeze the Sponge Slices – If your sponge cake is too crumbly to work with, you might like to freeze the slices for an hour or so before dunking in the chocolate. It shouldn’t be necessary for this sponge recipe, but if you do run into strife this will make them easier to work with.
  • To Soften the Chocolate Sauce – If the sauce starts to harden before you’re finished, add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the sauce so it’s easier to coat the sponge slices evenly.
  • Leftover cocoa? Make our English Chocolate Concrete cake next!

FAQs

How long will they last?

You can keep lamingtons for around a week before they become too dried out. 

Can I batch cook lamingtons?

Yes! I can make a huge batch and freeze them to enjoy later. To thaw, either allow them to sit out for half an hour or pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds each.

How can I coat the lamingtons without getting coconut everywhere?

If you’re not a fan of the mess using the coconut in a bowl, you can pop the coconut into a plastic bag then carefully pop your choc-coated lamington in and gently shake the coconut over it to coat.

What size baking tray should I use?

Our recipe works perfectly in a 24cm (9×9 inch) square cake tin approximately 5cm (2 inch) deep.

Variations

  • Jam & Cream Fill the lamingtons with jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. Or you can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam works best for this!
  • Double Stacked Lamingtons – For larger lamingtons, you could make a double batch and, after cutting into squares, add one on top of the other and seal with the jam suggestion above.
Close up of finished lamingtons on a blue plate.

More sweet desserts and slices to try next:

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A stack of homemade lamingtons on a plate.

Easy Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

Iconic Aussie Lamingtons are so easy to make and the perfect treat for Australia Day. With just 10 mins prep, this easy lamington recipe will leave you with fluffy sponge cakes wrapped in chocolate sauce and coconut. Grab a hot cuppa and let's dive in!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 6 Lamingtons
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

For the chocolate sauce

  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp boiling water
  • 1 tbsp butter melted

Instructions

For the Sponge

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C / 360°F. Cream together the sugar and butter with a spoon or hand mixer. Then, add in the self raising flour and eggs and mix into a thick cake batter.
  • Pour batter into a large square baking tray and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until deliciously golden on top. Test with a wooden skewer and if it comes out clean, it's ready.
  • Allow the sponge to cool on a baking tray before cutting into squares or rectangles.

For the Chocolate Sauce

  • Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, melted butter and boiling water. Pop the desiccated coconut into a separate bowl. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray so it's ready for the dipped lamingtons.

To Assemble

  • One at a time, place each slice of sponge cake on a fork and dunk it in the chocolate sauce. You may need to roll it around a bit to ensure it's completely covered. Then use the fork to lift the cake out of the chocolate and pop it into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut, then once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.
  • Allow lamingtons to dry for 5-10 minutes then dig in!

Video

Recipe Notes

  • Self Raising Flour – If you don’t have self raising flour, you can use 1 cup of all purpose flour and add 2 tsp baking powder.
  • Cocoa – We recommend using a high quality, high percentage cocoa powder (80% works well) rather than regular drinking chocolate powder, as this will give you a rich chocolatey flavour.
  • Line the Baking Dish – Use a sheet of baking paper or aluminium foil that’s a bit wider than you’d normally use when lining a baking tray. This way you can use the edges to neatly pull the sponge cake out of the tray.
  • Square the Edges – Before cutting into pieces, slice off the outside edges of the sponge cake to ‘square off’ and leave you with nice even pieces.
  • Freeze the Sponge Slices – If your sponge cake is too crumbly to work with, you might like to freeze the slices for an hour or so before dunking in the chocolate. It shouldn’t be necessary for this sponge recipe, but if you do run into strife this will make them easier to work with.
  • To Soften the Chocolate Sauce – If the sauce starts to harden before you’re finished, add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the sauce so it’s easier to coat the sponge slices evenly.
  • Jam & Cream – Fill the lamingtons with jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. Or you can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam works best for this!
  • Double Stacked Lamingtons – For larger lamingtons, you could make a double batch and, after cutting into squares, add one on top of the other and seal with the jam suggestion above.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Tonje
    14/01/2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    This looks great! Will definitely be making these soon.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/01/2020 at 3:03 pm

      Yay! Good to hear, you won’t regret it. Let us know how they turn out! 🙂

  • Reply
    Colleen
    14/01/2020 at 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried one of these treats, but they look amazing, and your step by step instructions are sure to be helpful when I make them.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/01/2020 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Colleen! Glad you found the instructions helpful.

  • Reply
    Anita
    14/01/2020 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds so straightforward and delicious! I’ll need to make a double batch since I know they will be gone in a heart beat. 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/01/2020 at 3:04 pm

      Agreed, it’s definitely on the smaller side of the servings scale, so doubling it would be worthwhile!

  • Reply
    Sophia
    14/01/2020 at 2:22 pm

    5 stars
    These look delicious, and you make them look so easy!! I can’t wait to try them!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/01/2020 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Elaine
    14/01/2020 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    Time to explore Aussie cuisine, that’s for sure. Fantastic lamington recipe that is definitely something to keep handy for a good weekend.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/01/2020 at 3:05 pm

      Haha – yes! Perfect for whipping up a weekend treat with a cup of tea.

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