Se7en’s Virtual Voyage: A Trip to Australia and Lamingtons…

In our previous post I mentioned we were Virtually Traveling again and this week we have been in Australia. Well it just wouldn’t be right to visit Australia and not make Lamingtons – so here they are:


Let’s Meet the Players:

  • One day old sponge cake.
  • One bowl of chocolate icing.
  • One bowl of desiccated coconut.

For the icing:

  • A lump of butter.
  • A slab of good chocolate.
  • Icing sugar.
  • A dash of boiling water.

Let’s Play The Game:

  1. Firstly you need a day old cake, and we made one of our “Quickest Easiest Cake in the World” Cakes. Then we chopped it into bite size chunks.
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  3. Next we made the icing. Sorry there are no exact measurements, but that’s spontaneous cooking with kids for you!!! Melt the butter and chocolate together. Mix in your icing sugar to form quite a thick icing. Add a dash of boiling water to smooth out the lumps and thin out your icing so that it drips off the spoon.
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  5. We filled a bowl with desiccated coconut.
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  7. And then we were good to go: Set up a system… the cake, the icing, the coconut and a plate to place them on!!!
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  9. Begin by dipping the cake into the chocolate. (If your cake is too fresh then it falls apart here and you get a yummy mess – you have been warned!!!) Completely cover the piece of cake in chocolate and then let the excess drip back.
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  11. Once your cake is covered in chocolate dip it into the coconut. Roll the cake around in the coconut until it is completely covered in coconut. And place it on your plate. Just keep going till you run out of cake.
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  13. And you are done. This is a great kiddable recipe and lots of fun for them to make… all you need to do is put the bowls in a row and let them go. When we make them with friends I just put the cake, icing and coconut outdoors and give each kid a fork and let them go. Stab, dunk, dip, munch… repeat.

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    Have fun… There is more Australia to come…

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13 Replies to “Se7en’s Virtual Voyage: A Trip to Australia and Lamingtons…”

  1. Ahhh, one of my favourite national dishes! Damper is a good quick and easy as well, but should be cooked on the end of a stick of eucalyptus over a camp fire or in a camp oven buried in the coals and eaten with Cocky’s Circle (Golden Syrup) and Billy Tea (tea made in a billy can) to be TRULY authentic. Pavlova has traveled, but it is another favorite national dish. If you’re REALLY brave you can try vegemite – just a THIN spread though. Delicious on hot buttered toast. Then there’s Peach Melba…. I could go on 😉

    I hope you can get your hands on a copy of Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan for more Aussie stuff. The Ballad of Skip and Nell by Mem Fox can be great for getting acquainted with Australian Geography too.

    Although if you’re blogging about it you may have already moved on to the next country!

  2. Hi J, I was planning to make dampers this weekend – though the weather is looking a bit grumpy!!! We blog everything as we breathe – no for-thought!!! So we will probably be in Australia for a week or two longer!!! I am thinking of having an Australia link-up next week, I will announce it!!! What a great comment full of goodies!!! We have marmite – I think it’s close to vegemite – we eat it on toast here… otherwise thank-you for all the info, it’s just fabulous!!! Have a fun weekend!!!

  3. Marmite is close to Vegemite – but nicer I think. Vegemite is owned by Kraft now so it’s a little bit Swiss anyway! In this small world we live in, Mem Fox, my favourite Australian children’s book author, was raised in Africa by her Australian missionary parents. Wonderful connections all over the place! Any questions etc. the hoods have about things Aussie, especially wildlife, feel free to contact me and send them through any information my kidlets and I can cook up together. I live in Tasmania so we even have Tassie Devils here – it’s fabulous!

  4. Thanks J, You are a star with all the info!!! I am planning to do some fun linking up and a round-up toward the end of the week and, to be sure, we will be asking away!!! Have a fun weekend!!!

  5. This looks SO good! I’d have to omit the coconut though – not a big fan of it.
    I’m not sure what castor sugar is….also is icing sugar the same as powdered sugar?

  6. Hi S, I have one or two non-coconut eaters but they all love these – I think because they make them themselves!!! But one of mine asked why we can’t dip them in rainbow cake sprinkles or hundreds and thousands and I thought “hmmm, not a bad idea!!!!” Castor sugar (scroll down to culinary sugar) is ground half way between between regular sugar and icing sugar. Icing sugar is really finely ground!!! Have a goos week!!!

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