Vanilla cupcakes, coated in a chocolate glaze and coconut with a surprise centre.
The Lamington. Who could let Australia Day come and go without at some point devouring a lamington? Certainly not me. So here’s my take on a Lamington in the form of a cupcake.
You know, those perfect little cakes already portioned out ….. oh no, here she goes again. I do love a good cupcake.
Ok, so you have to love a dessert that has it’s very own website and an appreciation society. No, seriously. Check it out here.
The Australian Lamington Appreciation Society alleges that, back in 1901, Lord Lamingtons maid accidently dropped a sponge cake in some melted chocolate and rather than throw it away, very kindly covered it in coconut and served it up anyway. So thank you Lord Lamingtons maid. We love you 🙂
Somewhere along the way, someone started cutting them in half and spreading on some jam and often cream, and while some believe this is a travesty and a violation of the true identity of this culinary delight, I quite like it. I like Lamingtons both ways, with or without jam, meh. Just bring on the Lamingtons!!!!
Now this is a great recipe for a number of reasons.
One – This vanilla cupcake is my very own that I developed some time ago now. We used this recipe for the cupcakes at our wedding. No creaming butter and sugar like most cupcakes, either. This one uses melted butter, everything in one bowl and stir it together. The melted butter keeps the mixture moist. The buttermilk keeps it light and moist. Perfect.
Two – The buttercream is seriously good. I went out on a limb and moved away from my go-to ermine buttercream recipe, and made a good old traditional buttercream recipe. And then I whipped it. Whipped it good 🙂
Three – When you take a bite of the assembled Lamington Cupcake, it’s totally reminiscent of the Lamington sponge rolls you can buy in the supermarket. The texture and flavour of the buttercream especially is right on the money.
Four – I also love a cupcake that leaves it’s heavenly scent behind in the fridge long after it departs and has my husband telling me it’s cruel to allow the fridge to smell so good without providing any cupcakes to go along with it.
Yes. I did good people. This one is a real winner. So, Australia Day or not, give these a go. You’ll have them coming back for more.
And if you’re a sucker for cupcakes like me, check out some of my other cupcake recipes . Gingerbread cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. Dreamy Creamy Orange Cupcakes. Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. Or just go here and check them all out
This week last year