For the number of desserts that get shared here most of them are whole grain or gluten free, many are vegan, and almost all are refined sugar free. This isn’t a bad thing by any means and as much as I love the challenge of flipping recipes, sometimes I just want to make something classic and naughty.
For a while I was making cakes for other people and got to stretch my chocolate–peanut-butter–meringue–raspberry-sauce–cream-cheese–dulce-de-leche–more–chocolate baking muscles on a regular basis – but it’s been slow for a bit.
When RJ saw a Lamington Cake at a cafe recently and said ‘hey, could you make that?‘ I paused only long enough to give him my well practiced ‘are you kidding, of course‘ look before deciding that I needed to do just that for a BBQ we were attending the following day.
I’d been wanting to try out this ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe for quite a while and the impending barbeque was the perfect excuse, but you can use any vanilla cake recipe you choose for these Lamington Cupcakes.
If you are wondering, the one I tried was ok – and you could certainly use it without issue – but I’d recommend my Cosmo Cupcake base instead, simply replacing the juices with milk and adding a bit of extra vanilla. One day I’ll post my own Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe here… best hurry up and invite us to a BBQ or birthday celebration so I can make it – haha!
Australia Day is in just a few days time and this quick and easy twist on an Aussie classic is perfect for a long-weekend celebration. If you decided to make them using a gluten-free, vegan, no refined sugar vanilla cake base I won’t hold it against you… but I’d love the recipe, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Whatever you get up to, best wishes for a Happy Australia Day!
Lamingtons are a classic Australian treat but can be fiddly and messy to make. These cupcakes provide all the decadence of chocolate, coconut and fluffy vanilla cake – without all the hassle.
- 12 Vanilla Cupcakes
- you can use this recipe
- or this one, replacing the juices with milk
- 1/3 c shredded coconut, no sugar added
- 1 batch Chocolate Fudge Glaze, recipe below
Bake vanilla cupcakes and allow to cool.
Place coconut in a shallow bowl – if the shreds are long run a knife through them first to create short pieces.
Spread top of a cupcake with Choc Fudge Glaze, immediately dip in the coconut, put aside to set. Repeat for all cakes.
BONUS: Jam-filled Lamington Cupcakes
- Partially fill cupcake liners with batter, drop a spoonful of raspberry jam into each then cover with remaining batter – you can see an example here.
- Bake, cool, glaze and dip as usual. How easy is that?
Chocolate Fudge Glaze
Be warned, this Chocolate Fudge Glaze is just about perfect and could be used for coating pretty much anything… including spoons…
- 50 g [1/4 c] butter, melted and just warm
- 3 Tbsp dutch cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 c icing sugar, sifted
- 1-2 Tbsp warm water
Melt butter in a medium bowl, stir in cocoa powder until smooth. Stir in icing sugar and 1 Tbsp water. The glaze should be thin-ish but not runny. If required, add additional water a little bit at a time.
Depending on the temperature of your kitchen is you may want to place the bowl over a pan of hot water to keep the glaze fluid.
Dip cooled cupcakes into glaze or use a knife to spread it over the tops. Dip in coconut, nuts or sprinkles if you choose. Easy and brilliantly decadent.
Makes enough for 12 cupcakes.
Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul says
I love lamingtons anything! Great job on the cupcakes too…now I need to invite you over!
Sounds good to me – good company is always an excuse to make cake!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I’ve never tried a lamington but I love these flavors. Beautiful cupcakes! 🙂
Jane @ Shady Baker says
This looks easier than making actual lamingtons, thanks for sharing JJ. I might make these for the weekend!
Thanks for sharing the pic of your cakes over on Twitter – fabulous!
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
Well you didn’t tell me that if I invited you over you’d bake me something like this. When are you free? Yum!
haha next time I’m in QLD we’ll definitely have cake 😉
Sara @bellyrumbles says
I like simple that looks stunning. Great idea JJ.
Christine @ Cooking Crusade says
Very cute and so perfect for Aussie Day. Especially jam filled yum!!
Jam always wins
Perfect for Australia Day…they look delish!!! I love when I get suggestions for what to bake…I’m always happy to comply 🙂
Tina @ bitemeshowme says
They look beautiful and delicious! I wouldn’t think twice about putting jam in the cupcakes 😉
I just had a lamington bite 🙂 love a good old lamington. Perfect twist JJ!
Martine @ Chompchomp says
Fabulous idea. Now give me a GF version. lol
Flick Your Food says
What a fantastic idea for Australia day!
Happy belated Australia day. Love this recipe.