Serves 8
This iconic Aussie treat is perfect for morning or afternoon tea!
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 1 ¾ cup self-raising flour
  2. ¾ cup caster sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1/3 cup milk
  5. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  7. 2 cups desiccated coconut (topping)
  1. 2 cups icing sugar
  2. ¼ cup butter, melted
  3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 cup boiling water
  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C.
  2. Line a 20 x 30cm slice tray with baking paper.
  3. Place the sugar and melted butter into the bowl of an electric mixer and cream the mixture for 30 seconds.
  4. Slowly add in the eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix until well combined.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and add in the milk, vanilla and flour.
  6. Increase the speed again and beat for 1 minute or until all ingredients are well combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tray and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let the sponge cake rest in the tray for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, to make the chocolate icing place the icing sugar, cocoa and butter into a large mixing bowl, then pour in the boiling water and stir until smooth. If the mixture is still too thick, add a little extra boiling water if needed. Set aside.
  10. Place the desiccated coconut onto a plate and set aside.
  11. Once the sponge cake has cooled completely, trim about 0.5cm off the sides (this is totally optional, I just prefer having straight and even edges).
  12. Cut the sponge cake into even proportions, I usually cut 2 rows of 4, making a total of 8 large lamingtons. If you wanted to do bite sized ones for the kid’s lunch box/snacks then you could cut them into smaller squares.
  13. Dip the pieces of sponge cake into the chocolate mixture, making sure all corners are well covered and then toss into the coconut.
  14. Place onto a wire rack or platter to set, this usually takes about 30-45 minutes. Alternatively, you can pop them into the fridge so they set a little quicker.
Rebecca Pope Sydney Food & Lifestyle Blogger