Recipe: Classic lamingtons

Last updated 07:45 09/02/2013

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Simple, easy and delicious- what more could you want from a recipe? These tasty lamingtons will be a hit with the kids, especially if you get them to help you out in the kitchen.


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 3 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Grease a rectangular pan. Line with baking paper.

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla with electric beaters until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each egg is added.

Sift 1 cup of flour over egg mixture. Stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup of milk. Stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup of flour, stir again, then the remaining milk, stirring to combine.

Spoon into pan, making sure mix is evenly spread with a spatula.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then put in freezer for 30 mins to firm, in preparation for icing.

Make icing by sifting icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add butter and boiling water. Stir until smooth.

Cut cake into 30 pieces, by cutting in 3 rows horizontally and 5 vertically, then halving each square into two rectangles.

Place coconut in a dish. Using a fork, dip one piece of cake in icing. Shake off excess. Toss in coconut. Leave on plate or wire rack to set, then either serve immediately or pack in airtight container to serve at a later date.

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