Happy Australia Day! I hope your all soaking up the sun either at the beach or in your backyard. For todays post I went with an iconic Australian cake, the world famous Lamington. Now for those of you that don't no what an earth a Lamington is, its a little sponge cake covered in a chocolate icing then dipped in coconut. It is said to be named after a man called Lord Lamington, who was the governor of Queensland. There are many speculations as to who created it and why but I for one am glad they did.
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup of desiccated coconut
Pre heat the oven to 170C
Separate the eggs and place the whites in a clean dry bowl. Beat using an electric beater until they form soft peaks, then add the egg yolks, vanilla and slowly add the sugar while still whisking.
Sift the cornflour, flour and baking powder into a bowl then gently fold into the egg mixture. Pour into a 20x20cm cake tin and bake for 20 minutes or when bounces back when touched. Set aside to cool.
To make the icing sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder together. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour into the icing mixture, add the water and stir to combine.
Cut the sponge into squares and dip into the icing to cover, roll in the coconut and set aside to set.