YMCA building; industrial sized kitchen; long summer school holiday; sweet delicious chocolate syrup; delicate coconut flakes; fluffy sponge cake. These are my memories of making lamingtons as a child. Twenty (plus) generous years later, my two year old son makes his first lamingtons.

You can bake your own sponge cake or take the perfectly acceptable shortcut of using a store bought sponge cake. (I go for the short cut every time). For the icing you’ll need 2 cups icing sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/3 cup milk, 10g melted butter and 250g desiccated coconut (to roll the cake in).


Cut the sponge cake into bite size squares for icing.

Place icing sugar, cocoa, milk and melted butter into a large bowl and stir. Microwave the icing mixture on a low/medium setting until it thickens.

Using a skewer or small fork, dip the bite size sponge squares into the chocolate icing. Let the excess icing drip off the cake. Roll the chocolate covered cake in a plate of coconut until well covered.

Place on baking paper or waxed paper to set.

Notes from the trenches:

This toddler friendly recipe is delightfully messy, (just like many toddlers).

E: 1 year, 11 months
June 2012

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