Lamington Cupcakes & Happy Australia Day!

26 January 2010 marks the day that everyone in the Land Down Undah don their singlets, shorts and thongs and whack on sausos and lamb chops while drinking VB and basking under the glorious Aussie sun. Can we be any more quintessential Aussie than this?

Aussie Green & Gold!

26 January 2010 also marks the day that of my family’s 10th year here in Australia… and our 8th year of being Australians. Alot of people back home were wondering why did my dad choose Australia to migrate to, since we neither had family nor friends here (as they were all in the US and Canada). My dad’s response to them? Australia is a beautiful country, full stop. He has been to different countries, looking at which place would be the most suitable to us, and he chose Australia because of its friendly people, wonderful sunshine, multiculturalism, and just the sheer promise of opportunity and equality (having said that, I’m sure other countries have the same wonderful features and assets! My dad just wanted a hot country as he couldn’t stand winter!). So as a celebration of Australia Day and our 10th year here in the Land of Vegemite and the rotating clothes line and the boomerang, I dusted off the mixer (as it hasn’t been used in weeks!) and happily baked some lamingtons for afternoon tea today.

Lamington Cupcakes

Adapted from The AWW Cupcakes book

Makes approximately 8 cupcakes

Cupcakes

90g butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup caster sugar

2 tbsp milk

1 cup self raising flour

1. Preheat the oven to 165 deg C. Line muffin tin with cupcake cases.

2. Beat butter until soft. Add vanilla, eggs and sugar.

3. Add flour and milk and mix well.

4. Pour on to prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Chocolate coating

10 g butter

2 tbsp baking cocoa powder

50g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

1 cup icing sugar

1/4-1/2 cup milk, depending on chocolate consistency

1. In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate together. Add cocoa powder and icing sugar and mix until well combined.

2. Add milk while mixing the chocolate until reaching a pouring/coating consistency.

Assembly

Dessicated coconut

Raspberry jam

Whipped cream

1. Remove cupcake from papercase. Dip in melted chocolate and roll on dessicted coconut. Set aside to cool.

2. Slice cupcake in half. Spread jam and whipped cream. Serve & enjoy!

I did find that I had lots of chocolate and dessicated coconut left overs, so what did I do? Mixed the two together, added a few spoonfulls of Crunchy Nut (yes I’m a Crunch Nut nut!), placed in the freezer and voila! Instant snack for the cook… … So… hope everyone’s having an incredible time may you be in the beach, having a barbie, watching the tennis, or like me, on call (ie working!) at home.

Happy Australia Day!!!

13 comments

  1. Patricia says:

    Lamington cupcakes – what a genius idea! I will have to try that. I made the Lamington blocks for American workmates last month and they loved it – that and the good ol’ Pavlova.

    Happy Australia Day!

  2. Trissa says:

    Happy Australia Day to you and your family Trish. Am glad your Dad chose Australia – a very wise choice. Your lamingtons looks beautiful!

  3. grace says:

    haha love how you whipped up that crunchy nut cereal snack
    crunchy nut cereal rocks
    australia rocks too haha happy australia day!

  4. Tangled Noodle says:

    Happy Australia Day! If it weren’t for the frigid temps and several inches of snow on the ground here, I would happily try any of the activities in your first paragraph to help you celebrate. As it were, making lamingtons is my best option. 8-)

    My father, too, fell in love with Australia when he visited on a business trip; however, he and my mother were assigned to Canada and then the US. Still, I think his appreciation of Oz rubbed off on me – it’s a longstanding dream to visit one day!

  5. Ladybird says:

    Haha! I made lamington cupcakes too! … Great minds must think alike :) Yours loook scrummy and moist, yum!

    Hope you had a great Australia Day (despite being on call for work)

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