Lamingtons are one of those Australian staples that everyone grows up with. At my school, to raise money for our school we would do the regular chocolate drive but we also did lasagne and pasta drives (such a good idea if you ask me) and lamington drives. In fact, at all fetes and things where kids had to bring cakes to sell, you could guarantee there would be lamingtons. They are made with sponge cake that has been left out overnight so they go a bit hard and don't fall apart when you're trying to dip them in chocolate icing (which can be made with coco powder or cooking chocolate and some icing sugar) and then have coconut sprinkled on them, some people also put a layer of jam and cream in the middle.
|This is what a lamington traditionally looks like. It can be plain sponge inside or have a layer of jam and cream in the middle.|
Now that I've tried it, I have to admit that I was fairly defeated by the end. It can be hard to convince the cake not to fall to pieces when you're dipping it in the icing and I also discovered that you can't put it on a coolingrack to let the icing drip dry because the surface of the cooling rack leaves an impression on the bottom of the lamington. I also completely bombed at making a sponge cake, it came out flatter than my mood was by the time I finished making the lamingtons. Fortunately, I used a pre made sponge cake for my lamingtons and made the failed sponge cake for a supposed next batch. I think perhaps the fact that I used pure icing sugar instead of the regular stuff you buy in the supermarket which is actually a mixture of things (pure icing sugar sets much faster) migt have played a big role in the cake destruction.
Overall I'm happy with my first attempt and will definitely try it again. I like how the store that sells them (in the photo I posted earlier) used big flakes of coconut, I think it looks really pretty that way because it contrasts really nicely with the dyed white chocolate.
Lenore wasn't quite sure of what to make of my neon blue, white chocolate icing mixture.
I think next time I'll try making them really small to see if they resist falling off the fork while I'm dipping them in the chocolate mixture.
And Mica was so overwhelmed by the craziness of it all that she ended up head-butting Lenore just to prove a point. What that point is, I'm yet to understand.