This is a great recipe that we make for Australia Day, the good old Classic Lamington Cake.

  • Level

  • 190g butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/ cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • desiccated coconut, to decorate


  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 170c. Line a cake tin with baking paper, either round or square (I used round).
  • Step 2
    Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract.
  • Step 3
    Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Add the flour and milk, and mix slowly until well combined.
  • Step 4
    Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for around 50 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Step 5
    Once the cake has cooled, place the icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of hot water. Mix until well combined, adding extra water if need to make a slightly runny icing.
  • Step 6
    Spread the icing over the top and sides of cake. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the cake, tilting the cake to get coconut to stick to the sides.

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