The kids really enjoyed making these treats, they especially liked pouring on the chocolate and even though they don't like coconut they had fun rolling the cakes in it.
We did a very simple version, but after looking around the Internet it appears as if there are a lot of options, I think I would like to try them again with the addition of a jam filling. If Lamingtons are a favorite in your family I would love to give your recipe a try, or if you have another authentic Australian dish please share, or if you have a favorite family recipe that is authentic to another country, share that - just share I would love some new ideas!
2 c. All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Butter, at room temperature
3/4 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 c. Milk
2 c. Confectioners Sugar
1/3 c. Cocoa Powder
3 Tbs. Butter
1/2 c. Milk
Preheat oven 350, prepare 8 inch square pan
For the cake:
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine butter and sugar, mix until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla, mix until combined. Using a spatula alternately fold in the flour and milk, in three additions starting and ending with the flour. Do not over mix, with each addition fold until just combined. Spread the batter in prepared pan, bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests clean. Cool cake in pan for about 5 minutes then invert onto wire rack and cool. Cut into desired size pieces and place in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
Place the confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir the mixture until smooth and thick. Do not continue to cook to long as the mixture will get too thin. Place chilled cake on wire rack over a try. Quickly coat the cakes on all sides in the chocolate they gently roll in coconut.