Taste the World - Australia - Lamingtons

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*Official name: Commonwealth of Australia *Motto: 'Advance Australia Fair' *Capital: Canberra *Official Languages: English *Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy democracy (under the United Kingdom)  *Area: 2,969,907 sq mi  *Population: (2016 estimate) 23,986,100 *Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD) *Time Zone: DST *Drives on the: left *International code: AU (data from Wikipedia)

For Australia, I made the classic recipe Lamingtons. Buttery sponge cake, topped with chocolate icing and coconut flakes. This recipe is a little on the dry side, so it makes a perfect companion for tea or coffee.

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Lamingtons

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 2 cups all­purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup milk

FOR THE ICING:

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1/2 cup warm milk

  • 1 pound unsweetened dried coconut

     

    METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 ­inch pan.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Beat 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room ­temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated.

3. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and store overnight at room temperature to give the cake a chance to firm up before slicing. 

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4. To make the icing: In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Add the melted butter and warm milk and mix well to create a fluid, but not too runny, icing.

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5. Cut the cake into 1 inch squares. Place parchment paper or waxed paper on a work surface, and set a wire rack on the paper.Pour icing over each square and smooth on top. Top with coconut if desired.

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