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Simple Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

13/01/2020 (Last Updated: 03/04/2020)
 

Iconic Aussie lamingtons are so easy to make at home. This lamington recipe will leave you with light and fluffy cakes wrapped in a delicious chocolate sauce, dusted with shredded coconut.

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

Why We Love This Lamington Recipe

This has to be one of the easiest homemade cakes we’ve made. It’s so fun to roll around in the chocolate sauce and coconut too.

Having the coating on the outside keeps the cake from drying out, so it’s kept nice and moist on the inside.

Close of up lamingtons drying on a wire tray.

What are lamingtons? 

Lamingtons are an Australian icon. Although, this is debatable according to some research that points to Lamingtons as being a copy of New Zealand’s Wellington Cake.

Similar to the debate over Pavlova, we don’t mind where they originated as long as they taste good!

Lamingtons themselves are a light and spongy cake, often eaten as a snack with a cup of tea or as a dessert.

Six lamingtons sitting on a wire rack with a dark background.

How to make lamingtons (including homemade chocolate sauce)

For the Sponge

Fire up the oven to pre-heat at 180°C.

Cream sugar and butter with a spoon or mixer. Then, add in the flour and eggs and mix into a thick batter.

Bowl of lamington sponge cake batter.

Line a square cake tray with baking paper, then pour in the batter. 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.

Sponge cake batter for lamington being poured into baking tray.

Allow the sponge to cool on a baking tray before cutting into squares or rectangles.

Sponge cake being cut for lamingtons.

For the Chocolate Sauce

Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, melted butter and boiling water. In a separate bowl, place the cup of shredded coconut.

Bowl of homemade chocolate sauce for lamingtons, made from icing.

Next, place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray ready for the dipped lamingtons.

To Assemble

Place each cake one at a time in the chocolate sauce and roll around using a fork. Then lift from the bottom of the cake with the fork and transfer into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut. Once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.

Bowl of coconut for coating lamingtons.

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

 

Tips

  • If the icing starts to harden add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the mixture.
  • Cut the sponge cake’s edges to ‘square off’ the cake for nice even pieces.
  • Fill the lamingtons with jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. How decadent!

Close up of finished lamingtons on a blue plate.

FAQs

How long do lamingtons keep?

You can keep lamingtons for around a week before they start to get dry. 

Can you batch cook lamingtons?

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

What do lamingtons taste like?

They mainly taste like the chocolate and coconut coating, as the sponge is quite light in flavour.

Variations & Substitutes

  • You can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam goes well!
  • If you want larger lamingtons, you could do a double batch and after cutting into squares, add one on top of the other and seal with the jam suggestion above.

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

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

Simple Homemade Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

Iconic Aussie lamingtons are so easy to make at home. This lamington recipe will leave you with light and fluffy cakes wrapped in a delicious chocolate sauce, dusted with shredded coconut.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 6 Lamingtons
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Wire Cooling Rack
  • Baking Tray

Ingredients

For the chocolate sauce

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

Instructions

For the Sponge

  • Fire up the oven to pre-heat at 180°C.
  • Cream sugar and butter with a spoon or mixer. Then, add in the flour and eggs and mix into a thick batter.
  • Line a square cake tray with baking paper, then pour in the batter. 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. In a separate bowl, place the cup of shredded coconut.
  • Next, place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray ready for the dipped lamingtons.

To Assemble

  • Place each cake one at a time in the chocolate sauce and roll around using a fork. Then lift from the bottom of the cake with the fork and transfer into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut. Once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.
  • Allow lamingtons to dry for 5-10 minutes then dig in!

Video

Notes

Tips

  • If the icing starts to harden add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the mixture.
  • Cut the sponge cake's edges to 'square off' the cake for nice even pieces.
  • Fill the lamingtons with jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. How decadent!

FAQs

How long do lamingtons keep? You can keep lamingtons for around a week before they start to get dry.
Can you batch cook lamingtons? Yes! You can make a huge batch and freeze them. To thaw, either allow them to sit out for half an hour or pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds each.
What do lamingtons taste like? They mainly taste like the chocolate and coconut coating, as the sponge is quite light in flavour.

Variations & Substitutes

  • You can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam goes well!
  • If you want larger lamingtons, you could do 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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Simple Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

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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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