Our beautiful friends Razzy and Laiky have become first time parents! Congratulations to them 🙂
A while back, they threw a baby shower (which was a pot luck event) and I brought baked goods to the party. I know right?
I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (to be posted) and these amazing Double Chocolate Lamingtons which I had found and bookmarked from Dan Lepard’s (no relation to Def Leppard) article from 2012 just before Australia’s ANZAC day. When it got another mention earlier this year on The Age, I knew I had to make them soon.
I’m going to just say, the recipe not only makes a fine chocolate cake (which I’ll probably make again), it certainly added some colour and fun to Peanut’s party (which was what we’d taken to calling the baby).
To those of you who think it’s pretty much sacrilegious to take on a twist to the traditional lamington recipe, it’s all about having fun and embracing change.
Congratulations again April and Laik! You’re going to be such awesome parents and baby Peanut is so lucky! I love you already @juniorfoodtrail
For the rest of you, I would like to share with you this recipe 🙂
Double Chocolate Lamingtons Recipe
- 300 g Caster Sugar
- 50 g Baking Cocoa Powder
- 175 g Plain Flour
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 75 ml Fresh Milk
- 50 g Unsalted Butter
- 50 g Dark Chocolate (we used NESTLÉ Plaistowe Premium Dark Choc)
- 50 ml Sunflower Oil (we used Grape Seed oil as a substitute)
- 4 medium-sized Eggs
- 100 ml Low-Fat Natural Yoghurt
- 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
Ingredients for the Chocolate Coating
- 15 g Baking Cocoa Powder
- 50 ml Fresh Milk (Cold)
- 175 ml Boiling Water
- 200 g Dark Chocolate (finely chopped)
- 200 g Icing Sugar
- 1-2 250g bags of Shredded/Grated Coconut (I used the dry shelf type and rehydrated them back with warm water and squeezing out excess water)
- Start of by lining the base of a deep 20cm square cake tin with non-stick (baking) paper. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius (or 150ºC fan-forced).
- Place the caster sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and beat in the milk.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan (taking care not to overheat the mixture). Once the butter and chocolate mixture has melted, quickly remove from heat.
- Add the chocolate and butter mixture into the sugar and cocoa mixture along with the sunflower oil.
- Beat in the eggs until smooth, stir in the yoghurt and vanilla extract and mix in the flour and baking powder.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, cover with a slightly domed sheet of aluminium foil and bake for an hour.
- Remove the foil in the last 15 minutes of baking. Once done, skewer the cake to check if it's cooked.
- Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin. Cover with clingfilm (while still warm) to keep it moist.
- For the chocolate coating, mix the cocoa powder and milk until you get a smooth consistency. Whisk in the boiling water, then stir in the chocolate until melted.
- Next, whisk in the icing sugar until it is dissolved before pouring it into a deep bowl.
- Cut the cake into equal squares (9 or 12 portions). Dunk each piece in the chocolate coating and fish out with two forks.
- Roll in shredded/grated coconut (it does get a tad messy at this point, but persevere) and leave to set.
So what do you think? Not too complicated at all is it?
I might make a variation on this the next time I make it and twirl in some peanut butter for an added salty tang! Sounds good?
It doesn’t have to be ANZAC Day or Australia Day to make these! As long as you like chocolate and coconut, I think you’ll be pleased with this.
There was only one piece of this left when the party ended (trust me, that was a great feat considering how much food there was at the party) and it was hugged by Peanut’s father 😛
These were some addictive and awesome lamingtons! Can’t wait to try and you’re a smart cookie never thought of dehydrating the dried coconut! 🙂
Hooray! I’m glad there are fans 🙂
this looks goo, simple and delicious. cantwaitto try it out!
Easy to make toO!
I am not a fan of lamingtons but these look so good! The chocolate cake alone has the most amazing looking texture!!! Yum! Congratulation to April and the little Peanut… we need updates 😉
These are certainly more chocolate cake than lamingtons that’s for sure 🙂
OMG these look amazing – I think I would love this more than lamingtons.
I’m not a fan of traditional lamingtons so this was awesome!
To be honest I’ve never been that crazy about regular lamingtons… but now, these super chocolatey ones, maybe I can get along with. 😀
Hooray! We are on the same track 🙂
Double the chocolate, double the delicious!
That’s exactly right!
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Mmm what’s not to love about these?The chocolate cake part looks so nice and rich too! 😀
Exactly! best ever 🙂
Hello! I have to say that your chocolate cake looks delicious! How can you give this consistency to the entire cake? And as I love coconut really I will enjoy to eat it !
Thank you. Not sure how it happened. Miracle!
I will accept chocolate lamingtons, but I abhor people putting squidgy jam in the middle.
I don’t do jams 😛
I was lucky enough to eat some of those lamingtons, and can wholeheartedly say they were fantastic!! I don’t normally like lamingtons that much, but totally loved these! 🙂
Hooray!! They were more chocolate cakes weren’t they?
Yummy looks gorgeous
Your lamingtons were awesome, DD. You’ve become such a baker. :p
I’m super awesome and I know it (need humble pie)
I need the normal measurements of the ingredients not the Aussie ones. English please.
Hello! Your photos are really good!! that seems really delicious, Do you think we can add some fruit, like for exemple banana or you think that could make too much?
It might be a little too much. The original lamingtons do have jam.. so I guess so…