National Lamington Day

Head to an original bakery to celebrate National Lamington Day

There’s nothing better than a light-as-a-feather lamington over a cup of tea to curb your sweet tooth. A tricky recipe to get right at home, small batches are best as the inner sponge tends to stale quickly. But when visiting a traditional bakery of yesteryear – where the portions are sizeable and the price merely pocket change – a giant lamington in all of its coconut-sprinkled glory feels perfect and reminiscent of the past.

Raise a glass to this quintessential Australian treat this weekend, with National Lamington Day held annually on July 21. Claiming to be the birthplace of the lamington (though many vie for the title), Old Government House in Brisbane City is holding free tours on Friday July 20, with tea, coffee and lamingtons served in the Dining Room to celebrate.

One tale of this cubed cake’s concoction offers that the French chef employed by the eighth governor of Queensland’s wife Lady Lamington, accidently dropped sponge cake into chocolate icing and thought it tasted quite nifty once rolled in coconut. Another suggests that he had to whip up a dish to serve unexpected guests, resulting in day-old sponge cake being dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut.

Image via The Food Pornographer.

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