After googling lamingtons, I discovered that they are a traditional Aussie dessert usually found in bakeries, coffee shops, cafes and especially at school bake sales. There are even such things as "lamington drives" to raise money for community causes. There are all sorts of Lamingtons. The classic lamington is vanilla sponge cake dipped in chocolate frosting, rolled in dessicated coconut. The more elevated lamington involves a strawberry jam and lemon cream filling. There are even blood orange lamingtons, found in New Zealand. As I started out on my lamington adventure, I found that the average lamington cake recipe is very similar to the batter cupcakes vanilla cupcake recipe. By starting off with one element that was familiar, the whole process seemed less intimidating.
|the order was for 3 dozen lamingtons, so I made enough cake batter for 3 dozen cupcakes|
|after cooking the cake batter in a medium sized sheet pan for about 25 minutes, it was cooked all the way through to the middle|
|letting the cake cool for at least 15 minutes, I ensured that the cake wouldn't stick to the pan upon release|
|classic lamingtons call for dessicated coconut, or unsweetened. I had a hard time finding unsweetened coconut shavings in our little mountain town, so I settled for sweetened coconut shavings.|
|The final step was transferring the lamington to a traditional cupcake wrapper! Easy to serve for the hotel, and reminiscent of my namesake!|
|this little nugget looks like the flatiron building to me|
|Roo and his Lamington|