For those of you that don’t know, a lamington is a sweet snack from Australia that is cake-based and generally eaten for morning tea, afternoon tea, or high tea. This delicious treat was a kitchen mix-up that became Australia’s most famous culinary icon.
The History of Lamington Day
At over a century old, this treat was named after the Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington. The story goes that he was having his favorite yellow sponge cake served for his guests when the maid-servant accidentally dropped the cake into melted chocolate. When his Lordship heard he was the one who recommended them to roll the squares in coconut shavings to make them less messy for guests to eat with their tea.
There is even an Australian Lamington appreciation society (ALAS) which is committed to the preservation of their world famous Lamingtons, and annually celebrating Lamington Day.
How to Celebrate Lamington Day
Lamington Day would be a great day to try out a new recipe and have your lamington and invite friends over for afternoon tea! Here is a good recipe from the ALAS website.
Here is Paul Tully’s True-Blue Delicious Aussie Lamington Recipe:
What you will need:
½ cup butter
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (if you only have extract use about 1 ½ teaspoons)
1 cup of self-rising flour
½ cup of milk
Beat the eggs well, gradually adding the sugar until dissolved. Add the milk and vanilla essence and then stir in the self-rising flour. Next whip the butter into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a cake tin or Llamington baking dish and bake in a moderate oven of 180 degrees Celsius (355 degrees Fahrenheit) for 35 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes and then stand for 24 hours preferably in the refrigerator, before applying the icing.
The Chocolate Icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons boiling water
3 cups shredded coconut
Stir the cocoa and icing sugar vigorously in a large bowl, adding the milk, butter and boiling water, warming the chocolate mixture over a very low heat until it has a smooth creamy texture. Cut the sponge cake into equal squares about ½ in x ½ in and, using a fork or thin skewer, dip each piece into the chocolate mixture ensuring that the mixture is liberally and evenly applied. Dip each piece into the desiccated coconut, allowing the Lamingtons to cool on a wire tray or even on parchment paper for several hours.