How to: Make Lamingtons


Need a recipe for your Australia Day celebrations? Lamingtons are an iconic Aussie treat and are always eaten on Australia Day among family and friends. We’ve sourced the best recipe for these delicious home-made sponge cakes dipped in chocolate and coconut. These delicious treats taste so good you wont mind if the kids let the coconut fall on the floor- after all, it’s part of the fun!

Here is the recipe, inspired from, so you can learn how to make them yourself.


125g butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 3/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1/2 cup milk

2 cups desiccated coconut


3 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1/2 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 3cm-deep, 20cm x 30cm (base) lamington pan. Line with baking paper, leaving a 2cm overhang on all sides. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture may curdle).
  2. Sift half the flour over butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add half the milk. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth top. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack. Cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside overnight.
  3. Make icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add butter and boiling water. Stir until smooth.
  4. Cut cake into 15 pieces. Place coconut in a dish. Using a fork, dip 1 piece of cake in icing. Shake off excess. Toss in coconut. Place on a wire rack over a baking tray. Repeat with remaining cake, icing and coconut. Stand for 2 hours or until set. Serve.