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Lamingtons are very popular in Australia and it's easy to see why. They consist of a small square (cube) of white cake that is dipped in a sweet chocolate frosting and then rolled in dried coconut. I suspect their namesake, Lord 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.

Note: 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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