5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons

By Emily Sakzewski. Updated: May 31, 2018
5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons

The classic Australian lamington is always a crowd favourite at an Australia Day party or Sunday barbecue, and are the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of tea. The classic recipe involves dipping or soaking squares of light and fluffy sponge cake in a layer of chocolate icing before coating it in an outer layer of desicated coconut. But this isn't the only way you can make delicious lamingtons. There are many combinations you can use with the sponge cake. This OneHowTo article is about to show you 5 takes on the Australian lamington that we guarantee to be a pleasant surprise to your tastebuds!

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How to make an all-rounder sponge cake

For all of the 5 versions of this favourite Australian recipe you will need squares of sponge cake. The best way to make this is to use our favourite OneHowTo recipe for how to make an easy sponge cake. If you're after a healthier recipe, you can also consider our sugar-free sponge cake option. Pour your sponge cake batter into a square or rectangular tin to bake. Afterwards, take it out of the tin and let it cool before putting it in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up. Cut the sponge cake into even squares and then you will have the perfect base for your lamingtons!

5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons - How to make an all-rounder sponge cake

All-time classic chocolate

Everybody lovely original version, so we thought we would include it in our list. To make the classic chocolate lamington, you will need to coat the cake in icing and coconut.

For the chocolate icing, combine:

  • 4 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of milk (skim or full cream)

Combine these ingredients into a mix master until they form the consistency of an icing mixture, smooth and silky. In a separate bowl add your desicated coconut. Then, using a fork, dip and soak your sponge square into the chocolate icing before coating your sponge cake with the desicated coconut. Then you just let them dry and thaw on a cooling rack before serving!

5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons - All-time classic chocolate

Cherry coconut lamingtons

Another take on the classic Australian lamington recipe are the cherry and coconut lamingtons. These are so easy to prepare they only need three steps:

  1. Empty a jar of cherry jam into a pan and heat it until it's hot before sieving it into a bowl. (Alternatively you can use the microwave!)
  2. Dip the sponge cake in the cherry jam and then the coconut
  3. Leave for an hour to set and defrost before topping with a glazed cherry for a little decoration.
5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons - Cherry coconut lamingtons
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Lime lamingtons

Here's a citrusy version of the Aussie lamington that goes well as a fresh, less sweet version of the sweet treat. To make the lime coating you will need:

  • 1, 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 packet of lime jelly crystals (85g)

To prepare the lime lamington coating, add the lime juice and water into a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Slowly stir in the jelly crystals until the crystals have dissolved. Let it cool and put it into the fridge until it has an egg-white consistency. Then coat your sponge into the lime mixture, then the coconut, refrigerate them to set and you're good to go!

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Passionfruit lamingtons

Are you ready to step up your lamington game? These chocolate passionfruit lamingtons are totally sophisticated and will wow any guest. This take on the classic lamington recipe will require the following ingredients:

For the Passionfruit coating:

  • 65g of passionfruit pulp
  • 40g of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 30g of butter (room temp)

To make the passionfruit lamingtons, mix the passionfruit, sugar and egg and then put it on the boil. Make sure to stir the mixture constantly until the sugar dissolves and it thickens. Take it off the head and stir in the butter. Then dip your sponge cakes in the mixture before coating in coconut!

5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons - Passionfruit lamingtons
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Pomegranate and rosewater lamingtons

Here is a really fancy take on the classic chocolate lamingtons, the pomegranate and rosewater lamington. To make the rosewater icing you will need:

  • 560g icing sugar
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 160ml full cream milk
  • 10g rosewater
  • pink colouring

Combine all the ingredients into a heatproof bowl and stir over a pan in simmering water until the mixture becomes a thick icing consistency. You know the drill: dip your sponge into the icing and then coconut and let it set. Voila! Fancy lamingtons!

5 Delicious Takes on Australian Lamingtons - Pomegranate and rosewater lamingtons
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