how not to cook lamingtons

It's Australia Day here today. For about a year Henry has constantly asked (when eating just about anything), 'is this Australian food? Can we eat it on Australia Day?'

I woke up with other things to do today but how could I not make lamingtons? Never made them before. Not only quintessentially Aussie, but country Aussie too. Am now (surely) aspiring country show entrant, so MUST make award-winning lamingtons!

I used this recipe. 

Not sure what I did wrong. 

But the resulting cake uncannily resembled a wettex.

Nothing like a cooking failure to wreck my mood. I dove straight back in though, and mixed up a batch using a recipe from this week's Good Living (in the Sydney Morning Herald.)

It was looking pretty good, although I wondered a bit about the "pour into pan" instruction as I spooned it in and smoothed it down. It was only once it had been in the oven for ten minutes that I remembered the eggs. Four of them. On the bench, not in the cake. 


Dear me. Two failures, one after the other. 

Adam said something encouraging like, how 'bout pavlova? It's idiot-proof, right? then got a slightly shocked look about him as he backed slowly out of the kitchen. 

Good Living had also printed a recipe for pavlova. Using four eggs. Which I had! (No butter left though – used my whole weeks' butter budget in two cakes I probably can't even use for trifle. Pfft.)

When it was cooling in the oven we packed up and went for a bit of an explore and onto the beach for an early dinner. Cooked by someone else.



For dessert:


And because I obviously should have handed the apron over today, I managed to beat the cream on top almost to butter. Am a culinary genius. 

A third attempt at lamingtons coming soon. 

Happy Australia Day! Did you make anything/eat anything special? 

And do you have a trusted lamington recipe I could have? Please?!


8 Comments on “how not to cook lamingtons

International Aussie of Mystery
January 27, 2011 at 12:28 am

Oh dear! Am feeling a little better now about my own first-ever lamington attempt. They weren’t the perfect oblongs of my childhood memories but crikey, they taste delicious. Shoulda gone straight for the Woman’s Weekly, mate.
Mum says freeze sponge to make cutting easier. I made the sponge Monday and dipped them Tuesday as apparently it’s better than fresh cake.
Happy Australia day!

January 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

I will try these, although I think my second version would have worked with the eggs! Maybe I should have just made Grandma’s sponge, it’s really easy. Thanks for this xx

January 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

P.S. nice use of the word ‘crikey’ ya galah. xx

January 27, 2011 at 11:58 am


I have used this lamington recipe with success before – however agree it’s better to sit a day before coating, and if you don’t want the dark chocolate variety then obviously switch it out. 8 eggs is a lot so it is quite a heavy sponge. Which we like πŸ™‚


January 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Never heard of lamington or wettex…But the beach looks incredible. Is this too near your new home? Lucky girl!!!

green ink
January 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Fish and chips and pavlova….perfect Australia Day fare!!

The wettex cake is a scream πŸ™‚

I must join you in the Lamington Fail club, I tried to make them 3 years ago but the icing just wouldn’t set! Maybe it was the beer I was drinking while making them that was the problem!! xx

January 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

Lamington: a chocolate and coconut-coated sponge cake cut into squares. Super Australian. Wettex: washing-up-sponge! Yep, beach near home. Amazing part of the world. Very lucky indeed xx

January 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

D’oh! Have to say, I’ve done that before. Forgotten the eggs, almost forgot the flour once, even the sugar. Makes for very interesting results, I have to say!


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