Australia Day Lamingtons

Lamingtons are an Australian classic cake treat consisting of a basic vanilla sponge cake smothered in a rich chocolate ganache and rolled in sweet coconut.

A Taste of Home

When we lived in Western Australia, we mourned the absence of perogies. I ended up making a few batches to eat when we were missing the tastes of home. Now that we are back in Calgary I am missing some very unique Australian treats. January 26 is Australia Day.

A small white plate holds 3 lamingtons.

Australia Day

The day is usually celebrated by getting together for one of two quintessential Aussie past times; either a picnic or a barbeque.  A day on the river banks or beach, followed by ‘crackers’ (or fireworks) as darkness sets in.  I’m not talking about tossing a couple of snags or prawns on the barbie, or even fancy sandwiches. Australians bring out all sorts of lamb bits, seafood, salads and sweet treats. They make quiches and puddings and tarts. They know how to celebrate their national day for sure.


In celebration of Australia Day, today’s post features ‘Lamingtons’. You make a vanilla sponge cake, cut it in pieces, cover them in liquid chocolate icing and then roll them in coconut flakes. Not difficult at all, but extremely messy. Especially when children are involved. And, they always seem to be when playing with chocolate is part of the recipe!

A pair of hands decorated in chocolate and coconut.



Tips For Making Great Lamingtons

Though the recipe seemed simple enough, it was a hours long process for us. I decided to make two batches and we ran out of coconut halfway through. During the ‘absence of coconut’ period, we ate dinner and took a trip to Costco. Since I wasn’t about to buy a Costco-sized bag of shredded coconut we ended up making yet another trip to another grocery store. Note: if you run out of coconut during the ‘lamination’ process (haha), do not continue covering the cake pieces in chocolate. It will dry out and the coconut will not stick.

Squares of chocolate covered sponge cake on a cooling rack.


Here are our lovely Lamingtons, all ready for Australia Day. We gave it a fair crack of the whip.


Squares of chocolate and coconut covered sponge cake sit on a cooling rack.

Pin it HERE. Pinterest image featuring chocolate and coconut covered lamingtons.

Yield: Makes 15 squares



Lamingtons are an Australian classic cake treat consisting of a basic vanilla sponge cake smothered in a rich chocolate ganache and rolled in sweet coconut.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Lightly butter an 8 inch square cake tin. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, use an electric beater to cream the butter and sugar mixture together until pale and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat well after adding each egg.
  6. Add the vanilla to the mixture and mix well to combine.
  7. Next, use a spatula to alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, starting and finishing with the flour.
  8. Spread the batter into the cake tin, making sure it’s evenly spread.
  9. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Test the center of the cake with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean.
  10. Cool the cake in the tin for about 5 minutes and then invert it onto a wire rack to cool.
  11. Once the cake has cooled cut it into squares of a desired size and place them in an airtight container. Pop the container in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight.
  12. Now for the icing. Place the icing sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  13. Stir the mixture until it is smooth but still a bit thick. You don’t want the liquid to get too thin otherwise the sponge cake won’t absorb the coating.
  14. Now it’s time to assemble the Lamingtons. Put out some newspaper under wire racks to catch any mess. Place the cake pieces on the racks and have your chocolate icing and desiccated coconut ready.
  15. Quickly coat the sponge cake on all sides in the icing mixture and then gently roll the cake in the coconut. Repeat the process.
  16. The Lamingtons can be stored in an airtight container for 5 days.


  1. Jodi

    Could you please make another batch and send them to us for Mal’s birthday?.. (I thought throwing in an occasion might help you to decide to send some yummy awesome goodiness our way) Thanks a heap! Mal turns 52 years old on 29JAN13.
    We sure miss you guys and gals! Cheers, Jodes


    1. gomama2013

      Ha! I should have added a disclaimer to the blog…**no mail orders allowed** LOL. I did post the recipe in the recipe section and they really aren’t as difficult to make as you would think. Give it a go!
      Mal..have a great 52nd birthday, maybe Jodi will surprise you 🙂


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