Lamingtons All the Way – Master the Art of this Australian Staple

Lamingtons All the Way – Master the Art of this Australian Staple

Lamington cake is an essential Australian dessert that we all love to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. In this article, I will teach you the best techniques for baking a perfect lamington cake along with some related fun facts for you to share with friends and family.

What is Lamington?

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For those who don’t know it, the lamington is a butter cake, filled with either cream or jam, dipped in chocolate, and covered with a lot of sliced or shredded coconut.

The lamington recipe appeared in the Queensland Country Life Newspaper, around 1900. Of course, it is a cake from Queensland, Australia, created by a chef who worked for Lord Lamington. This cake became so popular it even has its own National Lamington Day, July 21st.

Simple Tricks to Make the Perfect Lamington

The Fluffy Part

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The cake has to be fluffy and fresh and the chocolate layer that covers it has to be nice and thick. To bake the sponge and ensure fluffiness, you need fresh eggs and a tall, rectangle or squared mould to produce the correct shape of the cake and allow the batter to rise.

Cooking a lamington requires at least two days since it is essential to freeze the sponge overnight, as that will keep it from crumbling apart when you dip it in the chocolate.

Cover and Fill

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When you are about to cover the sponge with chocolate, make sure it is not too hot so that a thick layer of chocolate can remain. Once it cools off a little, add layers of thinly shredded coconut. For the filling flavours, you can be as creative as you want.

You can try with strawberries, although the most famous and classic is with salted caramel, apple crumble, and peanut butter.

Fun Facts

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The largest lamington in history was made at a local bakery, which earnt it a Guinness World Record in 2001 for the largest lamington in the world. That cake weighed about 2,361kg, just about as much as many, many, lamingtons.

Even now, some cities dispute the title of creators of the lamington, putting Brisbane, Toowoomba, and Ipswich into a dispute. Also, the lamingtons vary according to the area and in the south of Australia, they don’t even fill it at all. There are variations to fit everyone’s tastes. Go ahead, make your version of a perfect lamington, and share it with your friends.