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4 passion fruit Lamingtons and 1 chocolate leamington on a plate


This Australian favourite is so delicious. Lamingtons remind me of my childhood and the run up to Eid. I remember spending many an evening icing Lamingtons at both home and at my aunts house dipping bits of cake in chocolate and coconut.

In this recipe, a buttery moist sponge cake is dipped in chocolate icing and coated in desiccated coconut. 

Course Baking, Baking/Dessert
Cuisine Australian
Keyword Lamingtons
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Overnight Rest 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 263 kcal
Author Safira



  • 125 g Butter
  • 200 g Caster Sugar or Granulated
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Paste
  • 3 Eggs
  • 240 g Self Raising Flour
  • 135 ml Milk


  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 425 g Icing Sugar
  • 4 heaped tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 250 g Dessicated Coconut



  1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C/160 °C Fan or Gas Mark 4.

  2. Grease and line a 20x30cm rectangular baking tin.

  3. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition.

  4. Fold in flour bit by bit.

  5. Add milk bit by bit and fold in.

  6. Scrape the batter into the tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store covered overnight.


  1. Heat Milk and Butter in a pot till melted.

  2. Combine icing sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Stream in the milk and butter and whisk together to form a smooth icing.

  3. Cut the cake into 20 - 24 squares.

  4. Place coconut in a large bowl.

  5. Use a fork to dip cooled cake squares into the icing. Then place cake in coconut.

  6. Continue with remaining cake pieces. Place on a wire rack over a tray or a sheet of greaseproof paper and leave to set for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

Tips to make Lamingtons

You can place the cooled cake in the fridge or freezer before icing to make it easier to handle.

How to Serve 

There are 3 ways to serve these:

You can ice them and add coconut (flakes or desiccated). Like in this recipe.

Or you can fill them with jam and cream.

You can also pipe a chocolate or puree into the centre.

How Long Can You Keep Lamingtons?

These keep well for up to a week in an airtight container.

They also freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Alternative Puree made with Passion Fruit 

  • Add 250g Passion Fruit Puree to a pan over medium heat, with the juice and zest of 2 limes, 125g Butter and 90g Sugar. Once melted remove from the heat.
  • Whisk 3 Egg Yolks with 90g Sugar until thickened and stir in 25g CornFlour. 
  • Add Egg yolk mixture to passion fruit mixture and whisk together.
  • Place the pot back on the heat and whisk continuously for 5 -6 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.