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Lamingtons, little Australian Sweet Cream Sponges

Updated on September 13, 2014
A luscious little lamington
A luscious little lamington | Source

Lamingtons, essential Australian cakes

I grew up with lamingtons.They're incredibly popular in Australia

Lamingtons are responsible for the peculiarly Australian phenomenon of the Lamington Drive, a communal effort, usually by a school group, to make lamingtons in absolutely mind-blowing quantities. You don't have to make them for hordes of sponge-starved strangers, a dozen is enough to get you hooked.

There are three iconic Australian dishes, Roast lamb, Pavlova and the lovely lamington. It takes a little time to master the lamb and the Pav, but every primary school child can make a lamington.

All you need is a sponge, chocolate icing and dessicated coconut

Cook Time

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes



  • Sponge Cake
  • Icing Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Dessicated Coconut


  1. You can use any square sponge cake. Make it yourself if you're a dab hand with a sponge but a store-bought cake is just fine. Remember the best lamingtons are made with the freshest sponge.
  2. That's all! Were you expecting difficult instructions? You can make lamingtons in 5 minutes.
  3. Slightly chill the sponge so it's easier to work with, then cut it into two inch squares
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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


Now to Make the Icing for the Lamingtons

  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 dessertspoon cocoa


  1. Pour the dessicated coconut onto a flat tray, baking dish or large plate.
  2. Make up the icing sugar. Mix with either hot water or milk, or a mixture of both
  3. Mix it to a paste thick enough to stick onto the surface of a sponge cake square
  4. Here comes the fun part! Dip the sponge squares into the icing mixture. Roll the sponge squares into the ccoconut
  5. Put the coated sponge squares onto a wire tray to dry

Dessicated Coconut

Desiccated coconut is different than the more common 'sweetened' coconut sold in most supermarkets.

Desiccated coconut has a sweet coconut flavor and a dry, not sticky, texture. See if you can find it (it's very handy in the pantry) but, if you can't pick up dessicated coconut, just use any dry shredded coconut.

Have a Look at my Lamingtons!

More lovely lamingtons
More lovely lamingtons | Source

Make a Cake without Making a Cake

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Have you ever gone to take some eggs out from your pantry and found the cupboard bare? You wanted to make a cake but half the ingredients are missing?

Busy mother? Sometimes there's just no time to make a cake from scratch.

Have a look at these wonderful ideas for ordinary cake mix cakes. Get the cake mixed up, baked and out of the oven in half an hour. Quick, easy, and they taste homemade.

Take a Bite from a Lamington

Serve your lamington

You can slice lamingtons in half and fill with whipped cream. Add a dollop of strawberry jam for an extra taste.

If you prefer to forgo the cream, just slice the lamingtons and and spread with jam.

Or serve them just as they come, the old fashioned way.

Lamingtons with Jam

Serve lamingtons with a good hot cuppa

Lamingtons are super for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Serve your lamingtons with a good hot cup of your favourite in these pretty polka-dot cups and saucers from Yedi Houseware. The Set of 6 Cups & Saucers in fine porcelain comes in its own Satined-lined hatbox with elegant and pretty artwork

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Have you had lamingtons before?

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All comments are very much appreciated. You don't have to have a sweet tooth (or two) to leave yours

© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I hope everyone tried a lamington or two!

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      4 years ago

      I will try these !

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It sounds easy to make .... and tasty. Thanks for the recipe. I never heard of these before.

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      6 years ago

      I like my lamingtons with both jam and cream

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious ! Thanks ! Coconut is one of my favorite things to eat .....German Chocolate Cake.....

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      7 years ago

      These are new to me, since I'm in the States. They look good, except I'm not a fan of coconut.

    • GypsyPirate LM profile image

      GypsyPirate LM 

      7 years ago

      How delightful these sound! I may have to try my hand at making them!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      Sounds easy and delicious. I love to make "fancy" deserts that are not a lot of work.

      Thanks for sharing



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