Tuesday 26 January 2010

Australia Day Cupcakes

There is no doubt that the lamington is an Australian icon. Among other things, the beloved 'lamo' is an favourite food item on Australia Day. So how can a classic be improved upon?.. Turn it into a cupcake of course!

Here is my original Australia Day Cupcake recipe...

Cupcakes (makes 8)
125g unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
1 tbsp hot water
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and put 8 liners in a muffin/cupcake tray.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the flour with the second egg.
3. Mix in flour and water until just combined - don't overmix.
4. Divide the mixture among the 8 cupcake liners and cook for around 12-15 minutes, but keep an eye on them. Cupcakes should be golden and springy, do a skewer test to check they are cooked.
5. Remove from oven and allow to sit 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, start preparing the Chocolate Dipping Sauce to coat the cupcakes. Here is what you'll need:
150g icing sugar
20g cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp milk
dessicated coconut

1. Combine icing sugar and cocoa powder (no need to sift).
2. With a fork, gradually mix in water and milk until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency.
3. Pour a generous amount of coconut onto a large plate ready for coating the cupcakes.

Now for the fun part - Coating and decorating!
1. Peel the paper liners away from the cupcakes and set the cupcakes aside for dipping and coating.
2. Coat the cupcakes in the chocolate sauce using forks to help you turn them. Allow excess sauce to run off.

3. Transfer cupcake to plate of coconut and turn to coat using clean forks. Carefully set aside.
4. Repeat process for remaining cupcakes, then top with whipped cream and glace cherries.

The spongy cake soaked up the chocolate sauce beautifully, keeping the cupcakes delectably moist. I was delighted with how these turned out, and Mr Ladybird enjoyed them too, proudly declaring that henceforth I should make these cupcakes every Australia Day!

 So tell me readers, do you have any special Australia Day recipes? I'd love to hear about them :)

Happy Australia Day!

Ladybird x


  1. very clever. i think you can't get a more Australian cupcake :-)

  2. I love the idea of a lamington cupcake - we need to start seeing these in cafes pretty soon! As for me - no particular Australia day recipe.. but my sister made lamb chops for lunch!

  3. Very adorable! I was tossing up between a lamington cupcake and a lamington tiramisu and chose a tiramisu :)

  4. I made lamington cupcakes for australia day too!! They look a little different to yours as they have cream and jam in the middle, you will see them in my next post anyhow :)


  5. These look gorgeous! Mr Ladybird is so spoilt!

  6. Yummo. I did this for Aus Day last year. After I dipped the cuppies and they set, I cut lids out the top, added raspberry jam (Aldi's is the best), fresh cream and put the lids back on.
    Yours looks great with a cherry on top!

  7. All the wonderful things to do to a lamington! I love how there's a goood luxurious coating of chocolate and the all-important cherry on top!

  8. Your lamingtons are soo cute! :P So proud to be an aussie. It is the best country on this planet.

    Australia day should also be named Lamington Day.. its the only time of the year anyone thinks about "lamingtons".

  9. Sweet! Lamington cupcake, just the way I like it..... :-)

    Happy Australia Day!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  10. Great minds think alike indeed!!! Yours look like a really poshy lamington with the cream and cherry whilst mine's all yobbish with the jam and cream splattered in the middle. Ah but never mind... as long as it taste good that's all that matters! :)

  11. these are adorable ! scrumptulescant :O)

  12. Deliciously pretty! Happy belated Australia Day! I'm horribly ashamed I somehow got through the entire day without having a beer. I blame the tennis for distracting me!


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