Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Zealand Lamingtons

Lamingtons were first thought up in Australia, where cubes of sponge cake are rolled in raspberry jelly and then coconut. In New Zealand we have those, but we also have our own take on lamingtons, which are chocolate flavoured! They are so nice, my pictures really don't do them justice (largely because my sponge was way too flat) but they are really worth trying. Sponge is brought to a whole new level when it is rolled in chocolate icing, coated in coconut, split in half and smothered with cream. Especially if you jazz it up like I did, by making it an orange chocolate lamington. However, making the sponge cake flavoured means that you have to make your own and it is far easier, and more successful, to just buy a plain one. That's the way we would usually do it at home, especially seeing as you don't actually want to use fresh sponge for this but day-old sponge, because fresh, home-made sponge is too soft. Store-bought sponge is always a bit dryer so is perfect for making delicious lamingtons with!

Orange Chocolate Lamingtons

Edmond Fielder's Classic Sponge:
(from the back of the Edmond's cornflour box)
3 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 cup cornflour
2 teaspoons plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius. Prepare a rectangle cake tin - mine is about 20 cm by 30 cm and wasn't quite big enough, it needed to have higher sides.

Beat egg whites untill stiff - peaks should fold over when beater is lifted.

Add caster sugar slowly and beat until mixture is stiff and sugar is dissolved. Beat in the orange zest and orange juice.

Add the egg yolks and beat until well blended. Then sift the flours and baking powder three times and finally sift into the mixture, folding it in gently.

Bake for about 20 minutes, then let cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack to finish cooling.

Chocolate Icing:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
6 tablespoons boiling water
350 grams icing sugar

Combine the butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and boiling water in a shallow bowl and stir until the butter has melted.

Sift in the flour and stir well to combine.

Assembling the lamingtons:

Cut the sponge into squares - about 12 large squares is what you want. Fill a shallow bowl with desiccated coconut and place this alongside the bowl of vanilla icing.

Dip each square of sponge in the chocolate icing, then roll in the coconut. When it is fully coated, place on a wire rack and leave the lamingtons to set for a few hours. When you are ready to serve them, slice each in half and place a dollop of whipped cream on each (for orange whipped cream add some orange zest and icing sugar to it).


  1. I've never come across a recipe for lamingtons before. They sound fantastic and can't wait to try - pinned!

  2. These sound super amazingly delicious!

  3. Never eaten that before, and I'd really like to try.
    These look wonderful and I do like the recipe

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  5. Until now I'd never heard of a Lamington but now I'll be trying them for sure! I've pinned this recipe to my sweets board. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. This sure takes me back. I found it via the It's Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

    PS I have a linky thing going on today all about chocolate - it would be super if you linked this up.

    1. Great that you linked in. These look and sound just great.

  7. What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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