Lamington Cake

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I’ve been encountering all sorts of interesting foods on my research trip to the UK, and this morning I decided to try one that has been cropping up on my path quite regularly: Lamington cake. What is interesting about this cake is that it isn’t from the UK at all, but is instead Australian in origin. A Lamington cake consists of small squares of white sponge cake dipped in chocolate and coated in coconut. They also of ten have a layer of cream or strawberry filling as well. Many similar such desserts exist, but this one is quintessentially Australian; it is thought to be named after Lord Lamington, who was the governor of Queensland in the late 19th century. Much foodlore around the cake exists, but newspaper recipes appeared as early as 1901. The cake is very popular in Australia, and I can’t help but wonder what has caused it to appear in London. In any case, I enjoyed this lovely donut version from Crosstown Doughnuts at Spitalfields Market. It made a fine breakfast.

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