Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mini Lamingtons

I've gone a bits nuts on the baking for Memorial Day weekend. Today I made Mini Lamingtons, and also a Sour Cream Chocolate Cake. I just love lamingtons, they are a taste of home for me. A very traditional Australian spongy cake, dipped in chocolate and then coconut. Messy to make, but worth it.

I found this recipe for the Mini Lamingtons in the cuisine section of the Sydney Morning Herald and I just converted it to imperial measurements and it worked really well.

1 stick soft butter, chopped
3/4 cup super fine sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups shredded coconut **

For the icing
2 tablespoons soft butter
3 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
5 ounces boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in combined sifted flour and baking powder alternating with milk and stir until smooth. Spoon mixture into a greased and lined square tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Stand in tin for 10 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and store for 1 day.

For the icing

Combine all ingredients with 5 ounces boiling water and mix until smooth. This mixture will be very runny.

Cut cake into approximately 1" squares and dip each one into icing, then into coconut.

Place lamingtons on a wire rack for 1-2 hours or until dry.

Makes about 45.

** I used dessicated coconut for this recipe, only because my mother had just brought me some over from Australia, but shredded will work just as well.

Tip: I use two forks to handle the cake squares and dip them in the chocolate and then the coconut. Let the chocolate drip off a bit before you put it in the coconut.


michelle @ TNS said...

i've never heard of a lamington before, but i think i could pop half a dozen of them right now.


Chuck said...

I live in Canada and have never heard of Lamingtons. They sure look good and sound good. Would love to give them a try.

Anonymous said...

I have stuffed myself with Lamintongs in HongKong and Tokyo- They are among my favorite cakes ever!
The lemon ones are really good as well, but chocolate always wins =)
I have to make these!!!!!

Monika said...

I didn't know that recipe came from Australia! We've been baking them for Christmas since forever, and I thought the recipe came from Austria/Europe, where I'm from. We put a little Rum flavour in the chocolate icing, which kicks it up a notch. Your picture makes my mouth water. I love them! :o)

carolyn said...

I love lamingtons after I tasted it in Sydney. It was gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the recipe. The mini lamingtons looked awesome!

Marc said...

I tasted an early "sample" of these while they were on the cooling rack -- Wow! Very chocolately and the coconut is more subtle than you might think. These are my favorite dessert when we travel to Sydney!

Sylvie said...

I always have to think of Australian Soaps when I hear Lamingtons mentioned anywhere. I've always wanted to try them and never have yet!

giz said...

Thank you for bringing a taste of down under to Canada. I've never seen Lamingtons before and I think it should be the national dessert for this year.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of these either, but they seem like little miniature Mounds-inspired cakes. Nothin' wrong with that! Love anything chocolate and coconut. Man- I just love everything you Aussies do period!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Lamingtons! Yours look fantastic!



bobby said...

lamingtons are amazing and so are these! Mail me a couple boxes full, I'm serious... haha.

Danielle McMullan Bishop said...

Hi Cathie,

I really want to make these for a friend's xmas getogether.

Quick questions:

1) Is the coconut you use unsweetened?

2) What size pan do I need?

Many thanks if you can answer these for me,