Lamingtons are a firm Australian favourite that have become popular around the world. They are little cakes that are individually iced with chocolate and then coated in coconut.  This recipe comes from our cookbook of the week The Cake Stall. Once baked, they freeze very well, and are an ideal treat for unexpected visitors.

6 eggs

2/3 cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar

1/3 cup (50g) cornflour (cornstarch)

½ cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour

1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour

2 cups (60g) desiccated coconut

Chocolate Icing

4 cups (640g) icing (confectioners’ sugar)

½ cup (50g) cocoa powder

15g butter, melted

1 cup (250ml) milk

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Grease 20cm x 30cm rectangular pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over sides.
  • Beat eggs in large bowl with electric mixer about 10 minutes or until thick and creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved and between additions.
  • Triple-sift flour; fold into egg mixture.
  • Spread mixture into pan; bake about 35 minutes.
  • Turn cake immediately onto baking-paper-covered wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Icing

  • Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a heatproof bowl.
  • Stir in the melted butter and milk.  Place the bowl onto a pot of  simmering water, ensuring that it does not touch the water,  and stir until the icing is a coating consistency.


  • Once cool, cut the cake into 16 pieces. Dip each piece in icing; drain off excess.
  • Place coconut into medium bowl; toss squares in coconut. Place Lamingtons on wire rack to set.

Makes ±16

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