Easy Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce (2024)

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Iconic Aussie Lamingtons are so easy to make and the perfect treat for Australia Day. With just 10 mins prep, this easy lamington recipe will leave you with fluffy sponge cakes wrapped in chocolate sauce and coconut. Grab a hot cuppa and let’s dive in!

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Why We Love This

Lamingtons are the perfect sweet snack for morning or afternoon tea! They’re soft, buttery and delicious, with a rich hit of chocolate flavour.

They freeze really well, so you can batch cook, freeze, and thaw when you need to satisfy that next sweet craving.

The sponge cake centre would have to be one of the easiest homemade cakes we’ve made. Plus even though it can get messy, it’s so much fun to roll each slice around in the chocolate sauce and coconut.

As a bonus, having the chocolate coating on the outside not only tastes great, but helps to keep the cake from drying out, maintaining that moist and crumbly texture we know and love.

Related: Choc Coconut Balls / Ginger Fluff Sponge Recipe

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What are lamingtons?

Lamingtons are made up of a light and airy sponge cake, sliced and dipped in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with coconut. They’re usually enjoyed as a sweet snack with a hot cuppa, but we love them just as much for dessert (with a dollop of cream or ice cream for good measure – yum!).

When it comes to cakes, lamingtons are an Aussie icon most often sold at school fetes, bake sales, fundraisers and local bakeries. They’re also a popular treat to make for Australia Day along with vanilla slice, weetbix slice or custard trifle.

Although, just like pavlova, vanilla slice and ginger kisses, there’s plenty of debate over whether lamingtons are a copy of a New Zealand recipe. To be honest, when they taste this good, and are so easy to make at home, we really don’t mind where they originate!

Reader Cooking Success Stories

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@kyushoku_diaries

They were delicious and I’m so stoked with your recipe.

I made a half batch to stop myself from eating too many haha. The recipe scales down well. I just cooked the sponge in a loaf tin.

What You’ll Need

This recipe calls for basic baking staples like sugar, butter, eggs and desiccated coconut. You’ll also need:

  • Self Raising Flour – If you don’t have self raising flour, you can use 1 cup of all purpose flour and add 1 tsp baking powder.
  • Cocoa – We recommend using a high quality, high percentage cocoa powder (80% works well) rather than regular drinking chocolate powder, as this will give you a rich chocolatey flavour.
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How to make lamingtons + homemade chocolate sauce

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For the sponge:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C / 360°F. Cream together thesugarandbutterwith a spoon or hand mixer. Then, add in theeggsand give it a whisk until combined. Next, add theself raising flourand mix again until you have a smooth cake batter.Note: Egg sizes may vary. If your batter is too thick at this stage, add a dash of milk to thin.
  2. Pour batter into a lined square baking tray (9×9 in / 24×24 cm) and smooth out to the edges. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until deliciously golden on top. Test with a wooden skewer and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  3. Allow the sponge to cool on a baking tray before cutting into squares or rectangles.
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For the chocolate sauce:

  1. Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, melted butter and boiling water. Pop the desiccated coconut into a separate bowl. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray so it’s ready for the dipped lamingtons. Tip:Keep your boiling water near by, if your chocolate sauce starts to harden, add a dash more water and mix it in thoroughly then continue to coat as normal

To assemble:

  1. One at a time, place each slice of sponge cake on a fork and dunk it in the chocolate sauce. You may need to roll it around a bit to ensure it’s completely covered. Then use the fork to lift the cake out of the chocolate and pop it into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut, then once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.

    Allow lamingtons to dry for around 5-10 minutes then dig in!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Line the Baking Dish– Use a sheet of baking paper or aluminium foil that’s a bit wider than you’d normally use when lining a baking tray. This way you can use the edges to neatly pull the sponge cake out of the tray.
  • Square the Edges – Before cutting into pieces, slice off the outside edges of the sponge cake to ‘square off’ and leave you with nice even pieces.
  • Freeze the Sponge Slices – If your sponge cake is too crumbly to work with, you might like to freeze the slices for an hour or so before dunking in the chocolate. It shouldn’t be necessary for this sponge recipe, but if you do run into strife this will make them easier to work with.
  • To Soften the Chocolate Sauce – If the sauce starts to hardenbefore you’re finished, add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the sauce so it’s easier to coat the sponge slices evenly.
  • Leftover cocoa? Make our English Chocolate Concrete cake next!

FAQs

How long will they last?

You can keep lamingtons for around a week before they become too dried out.

Can I batch cook lamingtons?

Yes! I can make a huge batch and freeze them to enjoy later. To thaw, either allow them to sit out for half an hour or pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds each.

How can I coat the lamingtons without getting coconut everywhere?

If you’re not a fan of the mess using the coconut in a bowl, you can pop the coconut into a plastic bag then carefully pop your choc-coated lamington in and gently shake the coconut over it to coat.

What size baking tray should I use?

Our recipe works perfectly in a 24 x 24 cm (9×9 in) square cake tin approximately 5 cm (2 in) deep.

Variations

  • Jam & Cream Fill the lamingtonswith jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. Or you can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam works best for this!
  • Double Stacked Lamingtons – For larger lamingtons, you could make a double batch and, after cutting into squares, add one on top of the other and seal with the jam suggestion above.
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Easy Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

Iconic Aussie Lamingtons are so easy to make and the perfect treat for Australia Day. With just 10 mins prep, this easy lamington recipe will leave you with fluffy sponge cakes wrapped in chocolate sauce and coconut. Grab a hot cuppa and let's dive in!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: Australian

Servings: 6 Lamingtons

Calories: 445kcal

Author: Wandercooks

Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

For the chocolate sauce

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Instructions

For the Sponge

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C / 360°F.

  • Cream together the sugar and butter with a spoon or hand mixer. Then, add in the eggs and give it a whisk until combined.

    125 g caster sugar / superfine sugar, 50 g butter, 2 eggs

  • Next, add the self raising flour and mix again until you have a smooth cake batter. Note: Egg sizes may vary. If your batter is too thick at this stage, add a dash of milk to thin.

    120 g self raising flour

  • Pour batter into a lined square baking tray (9×9 in / 24×24 cm) and smooth out to the edges. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until deliciously golden on top. Test with a wooden skewer and if it comes out clean, it's ready.

  • Allow the sponge to cool on a baking tray before cutting into squares or rectangles.

For the Chocolate Sauce

  • Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, melted butter and boiling water. Pop the desiccated coconut into a separate bowl. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking tray so it's ready for the dipped lamingtons. Tip: Keep your boiling water near by, if your chocolate sauce starts to harden, add a dash more water and mix it in thoroughly then continue to coat as normal.

    85 g desiccated coconut, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 150 g icing sugar / powdered sugar, 3 tbsp boiling water, 1 tbsp butter

To Assemble

  • One at a time, place each slice of sponge cake on a fork and dunk it in the chocolate sauce. You may need to roll it around a bit to ensure it's completely covered. Then use the fork to lift the cake out of the chocolate and pop it into the coconut. Use the fork to cover the cake with coconut, then once coated, transfer to the wire rack to dry.

  • Allow lamingtons to dry for 5-10 minutes then dig in!

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Recipe Notes

  • Self Raising Flour – If you don’t have self raising flour, you can use 1 cup of all purpose flour and add 1 tsp baking powder.
  • Cocoa – We recommend using a high quality, high percentage cocoa powder (80% works well) rather than regular drinking chocolate powder, as this will give you a rich chocolatey flavour.
  • Line the Baking Dish– Use a sheet of baking paper or aluminium foil that’s a bit wider than you’d normally use when lining a baking tray. This way you can use the edges to neatly pull the sponge cake out of the tray.
  • Square the Edges – Before cutting into pieces, slice off the outside edges of the sponge cake to ‘square off’ and leave you with nice even pieces.
  • Freeze the Sponge Slices – If your sponge cake is too crumbly to work with, you might like to freeze the slices for an hour or so before dunking in the chocolate. It shouldn’t be necessary for this sponge recipe, but if you do run into strife this will make them easier to work with.
  • To Soften the Chocolate Sauce – If the sauce starts to hardenbefore you’re finished, add a little more boiling water (1 tsp at a time) to soften and thin the sauce so it’s easier to coat the sponge slices evenly.
  • Jam & Cream – Fill the lamingtons with jam and cream by cutting them in half before serving. Or you can cut the sponge in half and add jam in the middle BEFORE coating as an alternative way to eat lamingtons. Strawberry jam works best for this!
  • Double Stacked Lamingtons – For larger lamingtons, you could make a double batch and, after cutting into squares, add one on top of the other and seal with the jam suggestion above.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy Lamington Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

Amount per Serving

Calories

445

% Daily Value*

Fat

20

g

31

%

Trans Fat

1

g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1

g

Monounsaturated Fat

3

g

Cholesterol

77

mg

26

%

Sodium

104

mg

5

%

Potassium

146

mg

4

%

Carbohydrates

65

g

22

%

Fiber

3

g

13

%

Sugar

46

g

51

%

Protein

6

g

12

%

Vitamin A

346

IU

7

%

Vitamin C

1

mg

1

%

Calcium

20

mg

2

%

Iron

1

mg

6

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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