Lamingtons were invented so as the swaggies (men who travelled around Australia by foot looking for work, they carried all their belongings on their back in their swag, hence their name)and other people in Australia in the 19th century could keep ...
Lamingtons are little sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut. A traditional Australian treat that appeals to most. Any firm type of plain cake can be used: butter-cake, pound-cake, Madeira cake or genoise sponge. Note: desiccated coconut is a slightly dried shredded coconut - not sweetened.
This is a family recipe that we have used for years!!! An Aussie favourite too!! It is recommended that you bake the lamington cake the day before you cut or ice the cake, but I just wait until it has cooled for a few hours until it is completely cool.
Very Australian small cakes. A Lamington Drive is the quintessential fund raiser for schools and clubs. Lamingtons store well for up to 3 days. This version is not overly sweet so if you have a really sweet tooth you could add 1/2 cup icing sugar to the chocolate coating.
Recipe from a very old Australian Women's Weekly cookbook- "cakes and slices'.. They suggest that day old cake or partially frozen cake is easier to manage when dipping the cake into the icing. I've made these successfully with fresh cake though. Keeping time listed as 2-3 days. After completed, you can cut the lamingtons in half add a layer of whipped cream and sandwich the halves back together. Lamingtons can be indivually wrapped in plastic clingfilm and frozen- grab one to go to add to your lunchbox.