Australia Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate that eating our way through some of Australia’s most iconic foods with our loved ones - preferably around a BBQ at the beach or by a backyard pool. Lamingtons rank pretty highly on the list, and they are my favourite because they fall squarely into the ‘baked-goods’ category. Plus, they are the perfect companion (along with a pav/pavlova) for an Australia Day backyard BBQ dessert.  

So come on a Jamie Oliver-esque experience with me (he is one of my foodie heroes) and let's cook up a storm with these sweet treats. There is also a video version of this on ABA’s IGTV on Instagram for those who like to learn visually.

Ingredient List - For The Sponge
1 ¼ cups of plain flour
6 eggs
¾ of a cup of caster sugar
60g melted butter

Ingredient List - For The Icing
3 cups of icing sugar
¾ of a cup of cocoa powder
⅓ of a cup of boiling water
75g of butter

Equipment List
Hand held beater or food processor
8 inch/20cm square tin
Large bowl
Metal spoon
Medium sized bowl

The Day Before

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees celsius on a fan forced oven.

  2. Grease and line your tin with baking paper.

  3. Place the eggs and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on fast speed for 5-8 minutes until the mixture is pale in colour, triple its size and thicker in consistency.  

  4. Start to pour in the flour, using a metal spoon to fold it through the mixture. Don’t over mix it, as we want to keep as much air through the eggs as possible.

  5. Pour in the melted butter, repeating the same folding motion with the metal spoon, until all ingredients are mixed through.

  6. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the cake is springy to touch and has come away from the sides. Allow to cool and sit for 1 day.

On The Day

  1. Mix the icing sugar, cocoa powder, boiling water and butter in a bowl on a fast speed for 2-3 minutes or until all ingredients have combined and are smooth in consistency.

  2. Lay out your coconut on a large plate and cut the cake into thirds.

  3. Dunk the sponge cubes into the chocolate mixture, and allow any excess to drip off.

  4. Roll the cube through the coconut so it sticks on.

  5. Allow it to set. Makes nine lamingtons or you can also cut your sponge to make a smaller variation.  


Other things you should definitely be eating this Australia Day;

  1. A scrape of Vegemite on toast with butter - I promise this tastes great if you get your proportions right.

  2. A pavlova (or pav as it is affectionately known) with all the cream and fruit trimmings.

  3. A meat pie, preferably gourmet.

  4. Tim-tam’s, because who doesn’t need an excuse to eat more of these - thank you Arnott’s.  

  5. A sausage sandwich, with no more than BBQ’d onions and/or tomato sauce. Simplicity is key.

  6. And finally for breakfast (I really should have put this at the top of this list), Weet-Bix with milk, and if your a sweet tooth like me, with brown sugar sprinkled on the top. Also acceptable (in my eyes) Weet-Bix Bites because they have little fruit pieces.