1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
12 tablespoons (170g) butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
4 cups confectioners (icing) sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons (60g) butter, melted
2/3 cup boiling water
3 to 4 cups unsweetened dessicated coconut
Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
Line 13 x 9 x 2 inch (33 x 23 x 5cm) with nonstick baking paper.
Sift flour and baking powder together.
Beat the butter in bowl of stand mixer until smooth. Add sugar gradually and then the vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed mix in the flour in 3 additions, alternately with the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour. Beat only until smooth. Do not overbeat. Scrape into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then turn onto a wire rake to cool.
Drape the cake with a clean kitchen towel and leave overnight at room temperature. The cake handles much better the next day.
Cut the cake into 24 even pieces with a serrated knife.
To make the chocolate sauce place the confectioners sugar, cocoa, butter and boiling water in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Set the bowl over a pan of very hot water to keep it fluid.
Place the coconut in a shallow dish. Drop a piece of cake into the chocolate sauce and using two forks turn it quickly to coat then remove let the excess sauce drip back into the bowl.
Transfer the cake to the coconut and roll around to coat all sides well.
Remove the cake and set it on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining cake and sauce. Allow the cakes to dry for an hour or two before serving.
It is common in Australia to have some lamingtons in the freezer in a well sealed plastic container. Lamingtons defrost quickly and retain their freshness so there is always something delicious for unexpected guests or for the children’s lunchboxes or when the munchies take hold!