When we first laid eyes on a lamington, it was like whoa. Double whoa. A sight for sore eyes. How is it that you can ignore a wonderfully tender sponge cake (sometimes butter or pound cake), dipped in chocolate and covered with shredded coconut? You can’t and you shouldn’t. If a lamington was filled with creme or jam, would it convince you that this is certainly one of the most beautifully executed desserts in the world? It didn’t take long to convince us and rush to pre-heat the oven.
Lamingtons, originated in Australia, are considered the “national cake of Australia” and a combination of everything that we love to eat in a dessert. And best of all, we must familiarize ourselves with Australian specialties because we’re headed to the land of awesome herself. That’s right, we’re headed to Australia, the land of the lamingtons!
Heading to Australia has always been on our life list of places to visit. Nestled on the list somewhere between New Zealand, Mongolia and The Galapagos Islands, Australia is one of those destinations that instills in us a sense of adventure and exploration. We’ve been dreaming of going to Australia eventually, when ever we were able to make the time to check off our list. Each year we make time for an international trip to explore culture and search for understanding of how people live, work and play outside of our own boundaries. Traveling to far off destinations isn’t just about explorations, but rather, an opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and to be open minded to everything that is different from how we life.
As far as we’ve traveled around the world, we always find that there are many more similarities that connect us all than there are that separate us. If we make the time to understand each other and search out our commonalities, we discover that we really are part of a world family.
Our international trips to Cuba, Viet-Nam, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico in the last five years proved that we have so many things in common with the local people, even if we didn’t all speak the same language. And now we get to do it all again in Australia, but this time, we’ll all be able to understand each other! The incredible founders of GoMighty.com have set up a site for folks to list their life dreams and goals. It’s a gathering space for folks all around the world to make your dream list of goals and to do something about it. It’s not a place to just jot down ideas or to tuck it away in a box somewhere.
Go Mighty is a community space filled with people around the world who want to support you make those items on your list to become a reality. This is the world wide family that helps you put aside your fears and excuses. And sometimes they can even help get you funded to pursue that life long list. So it was a cool surprise to be contacted by Go Mighty and Tourism Australia to help us pursue our goal of heading to Australia! We’re invited to participate in #goaustralia, a opportunity for us and a few other bloggers to journey down under on our own time and make our travel goals become reality.
So if you’ve been to Adelaide and/or Melbourne Australia and have any rec’s, we need to hear about it, please. And for those of you who have Australia as a destination-goal, the kind folks at Tourism Australia, Go Mighty and Air New Zealand are giving some lucky folks two opportunities to venture there as well. For all the details just visit Go Mighty #goaustralia, Fill-a-Plane and “Win a Wildcard Ticket to Australia” links for all the information. Make your travel dreams come true!
Enjoy the lamingtons! Hugs.
-diane and todd
Yes, we made our Lamingtons bigger than most Aussie versions. But in America, we like our things bigger. Right?
Yield: 24 two-inch Pieces
Total Time: 2 hours
Try to find cake flour for the recipe, the texture will be lighter if you can. If you have to use all-purpose flour, reduce the flour amount by about 1/3 of a cup. Recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com.