Cherry Lamingtons

 For the May challenge Marcellina from Marcellina in Cucina dared us to make Lamingtons. An Australian delicacy that is as tasty as it is elegant

Jam lamingtons - squares of vanilla sponge cake filled with cherry jam, coated in chocolate and coconut - Domestic GothessThis was the first time I had ever tried a lamington, I had heard of them of course, but never thought to try making them. Which is one reason why I enjoy being part of the Daring Bakers – it encourages me to try things that I wouldn’t think to (or have heard of) on my own, most of which I end up loving. For those of you who haven’t heard of lamingtons, they are a very popular Australian treat consisting of squares of vanilla sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut, sometimes with a jam filling.

Cherry lamingtons - squares of vanilla sponge cake filled with jam and coated in chocolate and desiccated coconut - Domestic GothessI adapted the recipe from the fabulous Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard, Dan is Australian so surely knows how to make a good lamington! The sponge cake is moist and fluffy, but is also sturdy enough to slice neatly, and to dip and roll without crumbling; it is even easier to slice cleanly if you bake the cake the day beforehand. The chocolate coating is a simple mixture of cocoa powder, icing sugar, boiling water and chocolate (any leftovers make good milkshakes…) and I opted to fill mine with some good quality cherry jam, which went perfectly with the chocolate and coconut. I was originally planning on making coffee caramel ones, but Damian turned his nose up at that idea (he’s not much of a coffee fan), though I definitely intend to make them at some point!

Lamingtons - cubes of vanilla sponge cake filled with jam and coated in chocolate and coconut - Domestic GothessI used a 20cm/8in square tin, which yielded 16 fairly large (about 5cm/2in square) lamingtons; to make slightly smaller ones, use a 23cm/9in square tin and cut into 20 pieces. You can fill them with any kind of jam you like, or use dulce de leche, salted caramel or chocolate ganache; or simply leave them plain, all would be delicious.

Cherry lamingtons - vanilla sponge filled with jam and coated in chocolate and coconut - Domestic Gothess

Cherry Lamingtons
 
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Makes: 16-20
Ingredients
Cake
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 220g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) butter, softened
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g (2 + ½ cups) plain flour
  • 4 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 230ml (scant 1 cup) milk
Filling and topping
  • about 150g (5 oz) cherry conserve (or jam of your choice)
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 180g (1 + ¾ cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) boiling water
  • 50g (1 + ¾ oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • about 200g (7 oz) desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and line the base and sides of a deep 20-23 cm square tin with baking parchment.
  2. In a spotlessly clean bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites with 75g (one third) of the sugar until soft peaks form. In another bowl, again with the mixer, beat the remaining 145g sugar with the butter, egg yolks and vanilla extract for about 3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder together then gradually beat it in to the butter and egg yolk mixture, alternating with the milk, until smooth.
  4. Beat one third of the meringue into the batter to loosen it, then carefully fold in the remaining meringue until fully incorporated, do not overmix.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 45-55 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave until completely cold.
  7. Once the cake is cold, use a sharp serrated knife to level the top and trim the edges so that they are straight. Slice the cake into 16-20 evenly sized squares.
  8. Slice each square in half and sandwich the two halves back together with a dollop of jam.
  9. Whisk together the cocoa powder, icing sugar and boiling water in a large bowl, whisk in the chocolate until melted and smooth, set aside until cold. Place the coconut in a shallow dish.
  10. One at a time, dip each square in the chocolate mixture, making sure that it is completely coated, use a couple of forks to help you turn it, then roll it in the desiccated coconut until all sides are covered.
  11. Place the finished lamingtons on a wire rack and leave for a couple of hours until set.
Notes
Adapted from Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard

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42 Comments on Cherry Lamingtons

    • hannahhossack
      May 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie 🙂 I really enjoyed them, I’ll definitely be making them again and trying out some different flavour combinations!

      Reply
  1. Girl and the Kitchen
    May 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Ohhhh that is pretty!!! I have never heard of Lamingtons…but now that I do,,,I may have to an Aussie and make them!!!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      May 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! They are definitely worth a try, very tasty! (and cute :)) x

      Reply
  2. spiceinthecity
    May 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Your lamingtons look utterly beautiful!! Wow!!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      May 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Dani @ House in Tillford
    May 28, 2015 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    For your first time trying them, your first time making them came out perfectly

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      May 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I was pretty pleased with them 🙂

      Reply
  4. Nancy |Plus Ate Six
    May 28, 2015 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    Wow great effort – they look perfect. Something I’ve never attempted to make because I just know how much mess I’d make in the kitchen!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      May 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! They do make a lot of mess though…my kitchen ended up covered in a layer of coconut, which then got tracked throughout the house… :p

      Reply
  5. GFLife247
    May 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that your tried a new recipe! Even if it made a mess, your final product is beautiful. I love the layers, coconut shavings, and jam. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  6. Giramuk's Kitchen
    May 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm (2 years ago)

    These look perfect! I absolutely love lamingtons and grew up eating them! Now you have motivated me to make some too (especially since my husband has never had them! Sacrilege!!) Coffee caramel cake is one of my favourite combos, so I can’t wait to see your lamington version of it!! 😀
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday Hannah! 🙂

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

      I can’t believe I’d never had one before! I’m hooked now though 🙂

      Reply
  7. Jhuls
    May 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t tried of lamingtons, but I’ve always wanted to. The sound of cake sandwiched together and coated with chocolate and rolled/covered with coconut is really amazing! Happy FF, Hannah! 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Ooo you should definitely give them a go! They were delish 🙂

      Reply
  8. Amanda @ The Chunky Chef
    May 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve been reading this post for about 10 minutes, and am just now commenting because I keep scrolling up and drooling over your gorgeous photos!! As a budding food blogger, I’m in awe 🙂 Photos aside, this recipe looks amazing!!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thank you! That’s really nice to hear as I struggle with the photography, I am improving with practice though; although I could do with having a bit of a prop buying spree!

      Reply
  9. chefjulianna
    May 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    How very gorgeous! I don’t think I would attempt them, so I will be content to gaze at your lovely photos!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! They are actually easier to make than they look, although do make a bit of a mess… :p

      Reply
  10. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    May 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

    For a first time effort your lamingtons are very neat and beautiful! I’m an Aussie, so of course I love lamingtons.

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  11. sarahgiebens
    May 30, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve never had lamingtons before but they look absolutely adorable & delicious! Love the coconut on top of them 🙂

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 These were my first lamingtons, you should definitely try them – really yummy!

      Reply
  12. Arl's World
    May 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    They look so pretty and sound delicious!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  13. patisseriemakesperfect
    June 1, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    I love how perfect these look. They are all exactly the same and they’re so cute! I struggle so much with making things exactly the same size and shape, which is a bit of a problem with patisserie as individual items are meant to be identical.

    I haven’t had Lamingtons in years, since an Australian colleague made them. I shall have to try these again, this recipe looks great.

    Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Fortunately the sponge cake was really easy to slice cleanly, and I used a ruler to get it exact (and hid any wonky ones at the bottom of the stack 😛 )

      Reply
  14. FrugalHausfrau
    June 2, 2015 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, these look too good to eat! 🙂 Happy FF!

    Reply
  15. lucyparissi
    June 2, 2015 at 8:36 am (2 years ago)

    I love lamingtons and I am more in love with your photography than ever – this looks so perfect! #CookBlogShare

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    • hannahhossack
      June 5, 2015 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy 🙂 x

      Reply
  16. Fionnuala
    June 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm (2 years ago)

    My aunt makes the best Lamingtons I’ve ever had, but these look pretty good too. Bonus points from me for using cherry jam 🙂
    #tastytuesdays

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    • hannahhossack
      June 5, 2015 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you! Cherry is my favourite 🙂

      Reply
  17. petra08
    June 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Cherry and chocolate is always a lovely combination, made to look beautiful here 🙂

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 5, 2015 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
  18. dishofdailylife
    June 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Those look amazing! I have heard of lamingtons but have never tried making them. I could definitely go for one of those right now – what a lovely treat!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Michelle 🙂 They’re pretty easy to make, and soo tasty!

      Reply
  19. Helen at Casa Costello
    June 11, 2015 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    Fab! You have done such a brilliant job with these – Lamingtons always remind me of when I first started blogging. I had never heard of them before but found them all over Australian blogs. #Bakeoftheweek

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Helen 🙂 I have no idea when I first heard of them, as I’d never eaten one before. I don’t know why they aren’t more popular over here!

      Reply
  20. Hans Nelson
    September 24, 2015 at 1:10 am (1 year ago)

    I’d like to make these for a tea I’m having next weekend but with a few changes to be appropriate for the season–cardamom cake with fig jam, and vanilla icing rolled in chopped almonds. I suppose they won’t technically be Lamingtons, but does that sound good? Do you have any tips?

    By the way, I love your blog and always find it very inspiring!

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    • hannahhossack
      September 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh that sounds absolutely delicious! A really lovely combination of flavours 🙂 Don’t think I’ve got any tips that aren’t mentioned in the recipe, I hope they turn out well for you, let me know! And thank you for your kind words about my blog 🙂

      Reply
  21. plasterers bristol
    February 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Oo this sounds lovely, thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

    Reply

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