Sunday, January 24, 2010


Kangaroo, Kangaroo! Thou Spirit of Australia, That redeems from utter failure, From perfect desolation, And warrants the creation Of this fifth part of the Earth.
-Field, Barron
First Fruits of Australian Poetry,'The Kangaroo'.

Inspiration hit me hard today, plus a cold and rainy day did not hurt. I have been following a blog called ""Delicious, Delicious, Delicious"". Mr. P the author has decided to host a Lamington contest, or a re-invention. Be creative, make your own! AND maybe a prize ! \ 0 /

What is a Lamington? ( I know! I did not know shabby Americans :))

Lamingtons are very popular in Australia and consist of a small square of white cake (sponge, butter, or pound) that is dipped in a sweet chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut. I suspect Lord Lamington (Governor of Queensland from 1896 - 190l), their namesake, might be surprised at how popular these cakes have become. I am told that Lamingtons are sold in most Australian bakeries and sell very quickly at bake sales. So quickly, in fact, that charities have what are called 'Lamington Drives' .

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In making my lamingtons i did not have a traditional cake pan, and no potato starch, so i used some basic recipes. I did trim the cakes into squares. I am SURE WAY bigger than your traditional lamington size.


""Chick o' Stick""( my favorite candy) Butter milk pound cake ( recipe below), Italian peanut butter -butter cream covered with"butterfinger" candy and toasted coconut

The inspiration for my ""chick o' stick"" lamington.... A chick o stick is a mix of the inside of a butterfinger bar( -chocolate exterior) and rolled in toasted coconut. Peanut butter and toasted coconut is ta delicious combination.

Here is the full recipe to make Butterfingers......

Butter finger Candies with their crunchy, almost “splintery” peanut butter toffee goodness surrounded by thick chocolate.

Butterfingers are a simple candy to make, but the Weather Gods must be in your favor providing a day with low humidity (under 60%). This recipe makes a candy that is a dead-ringer for the original Nestle’s creation…but without their chemicals and additives that allow them to exist on the shelf for years….

Butterfinger Candy Bars

(Yields about 96 miniature candy bars)

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup peanut butter

Spray Vegetable Oil (Pam, etc.) for keeping the knife lubricated in scoring

1 Pound of Tempered Semi-Sweet Chocolate for dipping

First begin by greasing a 12-by-17-inch jelly roll pan (with 1-inch sides) with safflower, vegetable or canola oil. Place the pan into a slightly warm oven to warm the pan while making the candy. (Don’t allow the pan to become hot, only barely warm to give you more time to spread and score the candy later.)

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the corn syrup and water, stirring well to combine. Place over medium-low heat and add the sugar. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it is clear and then stirring often until it reaches a full boil. Clip on your calibrated candy thermometer, raise the heat to medium-high and continue to cook – without stirring – until the mixture reaches 310 degrees (F). During this cooking period, should sugar crystals form above the boiling line, carefully wipe away using a damp pastry brush, but be careful not to touch the boiling mixture. Rinse the pastry brush well – and make certain to blot-dry the brush well – between each swipe.

Remove your pan from the warming oven and place on your work surface.

Remove the candy from heat and add the peanut butter, stirring to blend completely using a clean wooden spoon. Working quickly, pour the mixture onto your well-greased jelly roll pan, and spread as evenly as possible. Score the mass with an oiled, heavy chef’s knife into 1-inch by 2-inch pieces, cutting at least half way through the candy. (The more quickly you do this, the easier and deeper your scoring will be.) It is helpful to spray the knife with cooking oil occasionally to aide the knife in scoring.

Allow the scored mixture to cool at room temperature about 2 hours. When cool and hard, complete cutting the scored pieces using a sharp, heavy knife (I like to use my Chinese cleaver here) and break into individual pieces.

Place the cut candies into the refrigerator while you temper your dipping chocolate and allow to chill for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the candies from the fridge and dip each piece into the chocolate, then place on parchment paper to allow the chocolate to harden completely (About 3 hours).

Note: You can add a certain flair to the candy by taking a clean dinner fork and touching the tops of each freshly dipped piece raising lines of “peaks” (akin to meringue peaks). Just use the back of the fork laid parallel to the chocolate cops, touch, lift and slightly pull to one side. Looks pretty snazzy….

Store on waxed-paper sheets in an airtight container for up to two weeks. ( found this recipe on a candy blog-however, i do not remember who :( )

For my Lamington topping

Make butterfingers. Do not coat in chocolate or worry about being nice and flat. Grind in food processor until crumbled.
Toasted coconut.
MIX! ....easy!


"SnowBall"- chocolate devils food cake, marshmallow butter cream covered with sweet coconut

My inspration...a disgusting bright pink confection. Use any devils food cake recipe. I tinted SWEET Coconut bright pink. Snowballs are usually cream filled.

Marshmallow Butter cream


* 2 egg whites
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
* 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
* 1/3 cup water
* 3/4 cup marshmallow creme ( or melt real ones in microwave)


1.In top of double boiler, combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter, corn syrup, and water.
2.Place over boiling water, beat till stiff peaks form; scraping bowl occasionally.
3.Remove from heat; add marshmallow cream.
4.Beat till spreading consistency

I did not use Mr P's base.. I used a traditional pound cake for vanilla and lemon bases.

LEMON Lavender- lemon/lavender cake with a lemon Italian butter cream

Buttermilk Pound cake from Alton Brown


* 12 ounces unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened, plus 1 tablespoon
* 16 ounces cake flour, plus 2 tablespoons
* 16 ounces sugar
* 4 large eggs, room temperature
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 cup whole buttermilk, room temperature


Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375 degrees F.

Coat a 10-inch aluminum tube pan or 2 (9 by 5-inch) loaf pans with 1 tablespoon of butter and dust with 2 tablespoons of the flour.

Combine the remaining 12 ounces of butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and cream for 6 minutes on medium speed, using the paddle attachment. Stop once to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the mixer running at lowest speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Again stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. This will take approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.

With the mixer on the lowest speed add the flour in 3 installments, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour, making sure each portion is fully incorporated before adding the next. After the final addition, beat the batter for 30 seconds on medium speed until almost smooth.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan(s), dividing evenly if using 2 pans. Bake for 1 hour in a tube pan or 40 minutes in loaf pans, until the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. The crust will be golden brown and spring back when pressed, but the crack around the center will appear moist.

Remove the cake from the oven to a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan(s) and cool on the rack. Store the cake on the rack covered with a tea towel for up to 3 days.


Buttermilk poundcake recipe with changes below..

1. Grind 1 tablespoon fresh lavender, add to sugar.
2. Replace one cup of buttermilk with 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup lemon juice
3. Zest of one lemon to batter. Omit vanilla ( your choice).


" Zinger"-Devils food cake covered on raspberry jam and coconut


I used my devil's food cake , melted seedless raspberry jam, poured and rolled in coconut. Vanilla cake would also be yummy, or cream filled.

Bonne journée!


Coby said...

WOW! Way to embrace the Lamington:) They all look delicious and you're very creative in your combinations:):) I am sure these would go down well at any Lamington Drive:> Good luck in the competition:D
January 23, 2010 8:41 PM


  1. OH MY GOD! You've made about 50000 different types. I love it! You get creativity points!

    This is the best thing that's ever happened. I so almost did lavender by the way.

  2. I am learning too - I have never heard of Chick o Stick. I like those and the Zingers the best - and they have the coolest names!

  3. Mr.P---> I could have baked more. I wanted to try a lime basil, salted caramel..and on and on.. It was really fun...I am thrilled :)

    Cakelaw--> Chick o stick, and zinger, are American junk food goodness..Thank-you! for looking.

  4. All of these look fantastic! :) Great job. Thanks for your comment on my post- Of course I will try to get the recipe for shrikhand posted a.s.a.p! :)

  5. I'm almost sad you didn't make lime basil, or salted caramel ones. Almost, because just reading this post made me hungry, and I don't think I could restrain myself from a day long baking spree if you had!

    And I agree with Cakelaw, the Zinger ones look great.

  6. thank-you everyone! I wish i had better photos..i'm sure it would help. However, i am new to writing..and hopefully will be nicer over time! Cheers!

  7. Good grief, these are great! And numerous! I have to wonder though... how the hell did 'Chick o Stick's get their name?