Donna Hay’s Lamington Slice

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Donna Hay's Lamington Slice

This post is going to be short and sweet (as is sometimes necessary). When I saw this recipe by one of my foodie icons, Donna Hay, I knew I would love it once I tasted it, and I wasn’t wrong! As a little girl I used to love eating lamingtons (we called them Ystervarkies in Afrikaans) and even at the age of 7, I could appreciate how the chocolate ‘icing’ kept the mild-flavoured vanilla cake moist while the coconut not only added flavour, but also lovely texture. It was (and still is) one of my favourite treats.

Donna Hay's Lamington Slice

This ‘slice’ delivers everything a traditional lamington does and more as it is much easier to make than traditional lamingtons as there is no cutting the cake into squares, dipping the squares in the icing and then rolling them in coconut.

Donna Hay's Lamington Slice

This really is the perfect cake to serve with coffee and as it’s so easy to make, you have no excuse not to bake it!

Donna Hay's Lamington Slice

Serves 12 easily (I doubled and adapted Donna Hay’s recipe slightly)

250g butter, room temperature
350g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs (I used extra-large, free-range eggs)
350g flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
250ml milk
for the icing
250g icing sugar
40g (approximately 4 tbsp) cocoa powder
150ml boiling water
50g butter, melted
approximately 100g shredded coconut

  1.  Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line a (+-) 30cm rectangular cake pan with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs one by one and mix well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together.
  5. Add the flour and milk alternating, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan and place in the oven.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
  9. To make the icing, mix all the ingredients.
  10. When the cake is cool pour the icing over the surface of the cake and scatter over the coconut.
  11. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Lindy Gumede

    mmm, can’t wait to try this one…looks absolutely delishhh

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Thanks Lindy! Hope you enjoy it.

  • Ann

    When i was a child my aunt always used to make lamingtons at Christmas and when I started baking she handed lamington duty over to me because they were so time consuming to make. Love this idea, so much easier. I won’t be waiting until Christmas to try them. Thank you.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Ann, so lovely that you have such a nice memory attached to lamingtons. I hope you enjoy this version!

  • http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    I want to devour this.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Well, go right ahead! ;)

  • http://www.themuffinmyth.com Katie

    I loved lamingtons so much when I lived in New Zealand but haven’t made them for ages. They’re always in the back of my mind but I never quite get around to making them, and maybe it’s all the fuss of cutting up the little squares and dunking them in icing and coconut. This looks like such a fuss-free lamington recipe. Thanks so much!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Katie, it really is a fuss-free recipe. Trust Donna Hay to come up with such a genius idea!

  • SarikshaR

    Hi there do you a vegetarian version?

  • Yandeya

    Made this last night.. such a simple recipe. Thanks Ally!

  • Pertunia

    Hi, thank you so much for posting this, recently moved to Germany with no woollies around the corner had to make these for christmas for my family, and hubby loves Lamintons so had to give it a try. They came out really good, wasn’t even a lot of work.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Pertunia, it is such an easy and fabulous recipe. Glad you liked it!

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