Lamingtons were originally created as a way to use stale cake. Today it’s one of Australia’s favourite cakes.
Lamingtons are a sponge cake or a butter cake cut into cubes and then covered in a layer of chocolate icing followed by a coating of desiccated coconut. Another version of the Lamington has two layers with cream and/or strawberry jam between them.
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Almost all bakeries and supermarkets in Australia sell this popular treat.
How did the Lamington get it’s name? There are various stories, but one of the most well known is that they’re named after Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington. He was the Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.
As the story goes, the Government House kitchen had a large amount to stale cake. To find a way to make it taste better, they dipped it in chocolate and then in coconut.
It’s said that Governor Lamington didn’t like Lamingtons. However, the public loved them and Lamingtons and the rest, as they say, is history.
In case you were wondering, desiccated coconut is simply dried, flaked coconut. It’s available in most grocery stores.
What do you do with day old cake?
Note: the cake will be firmer and easier to handle if you make the cake the day before you plan to make it into Lamingtons.
We hope you enjoy this recipe!