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Lamingtons are very popular in Australia and it's easy to see why. They consist of a small square
white cake that is dipped in a sweet chocolate frosting and then rolled in
dried coconut. I suspect their
Lamington (Governor of Queensland from 1896 - 190l), might be
surprised at how popular these cakes have become. I have read that
Lamingtons are sold in most Australian bakeries and sell very quickly at bake
sales. So quickly, in fact, that charities have what are called 'Lamington
Drives'. I find this cake irresistible, as they remind me of a
chocolate and coconut covered cake doughnut.
To make Lamingtons,
you start with a white cake (home made or store bought) that has been cut into
two inch (5 cm) squares. You can use either a sponge cake, a pound
cake, or a butter cake (which is what I have used). Although most Lamington recipes advise you to 'dip' each
square of cake into the frosting, you could also pour the frosting over
the cakes, as it prevents
crumbs from getting into the bowl of icing. Once the cake is covered
in the frosting, then each square of cake is rolled in unsweetened dried coconut
(I like to use shredded coconut). The Lamingtons are then placed on a wire
rack to dry and can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
Desiccated or dried coconut is different from the more common 'sweetened' coconut
sold in plastic bags or cans in grocery stores. Desiccated (dried) unsweetened coconut has a sweet coconut
flavor and dry (not sticky) texture. You can find it in some grocery
stores, health food stores
or specialty food stores. However, you can use dried and shredded sweetened coconut.
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