Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Aussie Treat



125gm. softened butter, chopped
165gm. (3/4 cup) caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
185gm. (1 1/4 cups) plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
250gm. (1 3/4 cups) shredded coconut

For the icing
40gm. soft butter
500gm. (3 1/4 cups) icing sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
50gm. Dutch cocoa
20mls. Cognac
140mls. boiling water

Preheat oven to 190C.
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 23cm cake 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 140mls. boiling water and mix until smooth.
Cut cake into teeny-tiny 3cm. squares and dip each one into the icing using a wooden skewer, then roll in the coconut.
Place lamingtons on a wire rack for 1-2 hours or until dry. Then pop them into small confectionary papers.
Made cute & tiny they are sublime as after-dinner treats. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature they are OK for a couple of days, but honestly, why would you want to! Makes about 40.


Image & recipe: Cuisine


  1. Hi Mill's,
    If I had to name a food that said Australia it would be Lamington's for me. From 'Home and Away ( our children loved that in their early teens !!) to Australian Masterchef....with a little bit of A Country Practice and The Sullivan's ( you are now getting a picture of all of the cultural programmes that I waatched !!!!) they always mention the good old Lamington. They always sound delicious but, I have never tasted one so, I must get around to making a batch. Thanks for the recipe Mill's......I bet these go down well with all of your boy's !! XXXX

  2. .....oooops, where are my manners..
    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to you and your's Mill's. XXXX

  3. We would love you to join us Millie...especially if you are bringing some of those lamingtons! The barbie is heating up now! H & T xx

  4. Oh, yum what a decadent recipe. I have loved lamingtons for, like ever! Even the lamington drive at Girl Guides didn't turn me off, icing about 1000 lamingtons. Cognac in the icing, whoa! Obviously the Girl Guides didn't use this recipe. Enjoy your day.

    Jennifer XX

  5. Looks so yum! I might make some with my kids when I go back to school!Fiona

  6. Happy Australia Day to you an Moth Millie. I had never heard about Little Lamingtons and boy do I regret that. These wee delights look so scrumptious.
    The people of Australia have been through so much with the flooding. I'm praying for brighter days ahead and best wishes on this special day.

    Cheers xx Deb

  7. Happy Australia Day!!!!!
    Wishing you all a great day down under. Imagining MOTH at the BBQ pit with a stubby in hand. Or is it at the barbie? (I'm still learning) Thanks for the recipe, looks yummy. Heidi

  8. Happy Australia Day! :)

    Lamingtons...their name is so cute! And boy, do they look delish! I love coconut!

  9. Oh yummy, Lamingtons! One of my favourites! Happy Australia Day to everyone at the hedge! xx

  10. Happy Australia Day Millie :)

    I've heard of Lamingtons but never knew exactly what they were....very nice, by the sounds of it!

  11. Happy Australian day indeed!!

    Thanks for sharing this one, the kids will love it!


  12. I love lamingtons too but I'm greedy, I'd want them to be bigger!
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Pamela xx

  13. A day late I know, but Happy Australia Day! Letitia xx

  14. Happy Australia day to you dear friend
    the laming tons ( sorry in France my iPad does not like this word) look yummy and are always a favorite of mine.
    Hope all is well with you and yours


  15. So these are Lamingtons! I have been watching the Australian Open everynight. Yesterday, commentator Darren Cahill was offering vegamite (?) and Lamingtons to guests visiting the broadcast booth. I was intrigued by the pastry and so glad to have the recipe now. Happy Australia Day, Millie!

  16. Put the kettle on! I'm on my way!! Meredy xo.

  17. O! How awesome! Do you know the book Possum Magic? I found it at a used book sale for my 5 year old son, and we absolutely love it (he calls me 'precious possum'). For dinner one night we had a "possum picnic" with the foods in the book, and he was so excited about lamingtons! I will show him this tomorrow morning and he will be so excited!! thank you! xoxo

  18. I must be part Australian....those treats look perfect and I wish I could hop down and grab one....

  19. Looks tasty. Oh why oh why didn't the USA convert to the metric system so that recipes would be easier for us to figure out?
    Mary Ann

  20. PS Thanks for the conversion and Happy Australia Day!


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