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.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Lamingtons
Calories 418kcal
Author Wandercooks
Cost $5



  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

For the chocolate sauce

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


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!




  • 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!


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.


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