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How to make MotherBee's Chocolate Lamingtons

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Chocolate Lamingtons
Chocolate Lamingtons

Welcome to the delectable world of Chocolate Lamingtons! These delightful treats, consisting of soft sponge cake squares enveloped in a layer of rich chocolate coating and coated in a shower of desiccated coconut, are a true indulgence for the senses. In this blog post, we’ll explore the origins and discovery of this heavenly confection, and provide you with a basic recipe for Vanilla Sponge Cake and a tantalizing twist on the traditional Lamington with a dark chocolate and cocoa coating. Plus, we have a special surprise for you at the end!

The story of the Chocolate Lamington dates back to the early 20th century, with its exact origins rooted in Australia. While the specifics are still debated, it is widely believed that these delightful treats were named after Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.

Legend has it that the creation of the Lamington was a result of a culinary experiment. A French pastry chef named Armand Galland was faced with the challenge of repurposing leftover sponge cake. In a stroke of culinary genius, Galland cut the cake into squares, dipped them in a luscious chocolate mixture, and coated them with desiccated coconut. The result was an instant hit, and the Chocolate Lamington became a beloved treat in Australia and beyond.

Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe Ingredients

• 1 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened

• 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

• 3 large eggs

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/2 cup (120ml) milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a square baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined after each addition. Be careful not to overmix.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Lamington Recipe (with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Coating):


• 8 ounces (225g) dark chocolate, chopped

• 1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder

• 3 cups (360g) icing sugar

• 1/2 cup (120ml) milk

• 2 cups (160g) desiccated coconut


  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler on the stovetop, stirring until smooth.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, icing sugar, and milk, whisking until you achieve a smooth and thick chocolate mixture.

  3. Cut the cooled Vanilla Sponge Cake into equal-sized squares.

  4. Take one sponge cake square and dip it into the chocolate mixture, ensuring all sides are coated. Use a fork or spatula to lift it out, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off.

  5. Immediately roll the coated square in the desiccated coconut, making sure to coat all sides evenly. Gently press the coconut onto the chocolate coating to ensure it adheres well.

  6. Place the finished lamington on a wire rack to allow the chocolate coating to set. Repeat the process with the remaining sponge cake squares.

  7. Once the chocolate coating has hardened, your delectable Chocolate Lamingtons are ready to be enjoyed!

As a special treat, we have a surprise for you. If you’re craving more chocolatey delights and want to explore a variety of recipes, check out MotherBee’s Mini Book entitled “A Chocolate Hero’s Journey.” This delightful collection features a range of chocolate-inspired recipes, including the decadent Chocolate Lamingtons. To get your hands on this mini book, simply send us a private message, and we’ll share the details with you.

The journey of the Chocolate Lamington is a tale of culinary brilliance and irresistible flavors. From its humble beginnings as a creative solution to repurposing leftover sponge cake, it has become an iconic treat cherished by dessert lovers worldwide. Whether you indulge in the classic Vanilla Sponge Cake or venture into the rich depths of dark chocolate and cocoa coating, these Chocolate Lamingtons are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

So, gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and embark on a delightful baking adventure. Prepare to be captivated by the softness of the sponge cake, the richness of the chocolate coating, and the delightful crunch of the coconut. Your taste buds will thank you!

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