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5 from 2 votes


The Aussie classic. Sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: lamington recipe, lamingtons
Servings: 18 pieces
Calories: 494kcal


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 230 grams butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 30 grams butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white, whisked a little
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water (or 3 tablespoons of boiling water and 1 tablespoon of port or sherry for Nana Ling's boozy Lamingtons)
  • 11/2 cups desiccated coconut


  • Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Grease two small square cake tins (20cm x 20cm approx) and line with baking paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar on med-high in a stand mixer.
  • Reduce mixer speed to slow and add eggs one at a time.
  • Add vanilla essence and beat on medium-high speed again for a minute or two.
  • Reduce mixer speed to slow and add a little of the sifted dry ingredients. Add a little of the milk and then keep adding dry ingredients and milk alternately until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Pour equal parts of the mixture into the two prepared cake tins.
  • Place in oven and cook for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing cakes from tins.
  • Once completely cool, trim the sides, top and bottom of the cakes and then cut each square into 9 smaller squares.


  • Combine all ingredients except the coconut in a saucepan. Heat very gently until the butter has melted.
  • Dip each cake square in the mixture, coating the entire surface.
  • Dip into a bowl containing the coconut, again coating the entire surface.
  • Place onto a lined tray. Once all squares are done, place into the fridge to set.
  • Store in the fridge and serve cold or at room temperature.

Cream filling

  • Use Nan Mac's mock cream recipe (link above).



Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg