The Great Australian Lamington

The Great Australian Lamington
Lord Lamington Governor of Queensland - creator of the world-famous Australian Lamington.

The Humble Australian Lamington - Created in Queensland in 1901

Australian Lamington

The world-famous Australian lamington is over a century old.

Despite some dubious claims from New Zealand, the lamington is as Australian as meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars, ranking alongside the other true Australian icons of the pavlova, peach melba and Vegemite.

This Australian culinary icon, which consists of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine desiccated coconut, was created through an accident at work by a maid-servant to Lord Lamington, the thoroughly-British eighth Governor of Queensland.

The maid-servant was working at Government House in Brisbane when she accidentally dropped the Governor's favourite sponge cake into some melted chocolate.

Lord Lamington was not a person of wasteful habits and suggested that it be dipped in coconut to cover the chocolate to avoid messy fingers.

Paul Tully celebrates
the 100th anniversary
of the world renowned
Australian lamington
on 19 December 2001
Lord Lamington devoured this new taste sensation with great delight and the maid-servant's error was proclaimed a magnificent success by all! The Governor however is on the record as calling them "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

Lord Lamington was born in London, England on 29 July 1860 as Charles Wallace Alexander Napier COCHRANE-BAILLIE holding the aristocratic title of Baron Lamington.

He was Governor of Queensland from 9 April 1896 to 19 December 1901.

After leaving Queensland, he went on to become the Governor of Bombay in India for 4 years. He died at Lamington House, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1940.

According to Hansard page 728 at the Australian Constitutional Convention in Canberra on 11 February 1998, Cr Paul Tully, an elected delegate representing "Queenslanders for a Republic" suggested that his extensive research of the Governors of the 6 Australian colonies and states had produced evidence of only "one, single, solitary, positive achievement of any Governor since the First Fleet arrived in 1788" and that was Lord Lamington's contribution to the culinary delights of the Australian nation!

Lord Lamington served Queensland for 5 years but despite all of his colonial, aristocratic pomp and ceremony, the only thing which Charles Wallace Alexander Napier COCHRANE-BAILLIE will ever be remembered for in Australia is the creation of the world-famous lamington.


3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup self-raising flour 1/2 cup milk.

Beat the eggs well, gradually adding the sugar until dissolved. Add the milk and vanilla essence and then stir in the self raising flour and whip the butter into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a cake tin or lamington baking dish and bake in a moderate oven of 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes and then stand for 24 hours preferably in the refrigerator, before applying the icing.

4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons boiling water
3 cups desiccated coconut.

Stir the cocoa and icing sugar vigorously in a large bowl, adding the milk, butter and boiling water, warming the chocolate mixture over a very low heat until it has a smooth creamy texture. Cut the sponge cake into equal squares about 5cm x 5cm and, using a fork or thin skewer, dip each piece into the chocolate mixture ensuring that the mixture is liberally and evenly applied. Dip each piece into the desiccated coconut, allowing the lamingtons to cool on a wire tray for several hours.


© Paul Tully 2009

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Please email the Australian Lamington Official Website.

Lamington ice cream - a perfect combo with Vegemite ice cream, as Aussie shop experiments with our taste buds

Vegemite ice cream.
It's all at Dooley's Ice Cream Parlour, Great Ocean Road, Victoria.

Would YOU eat Vegemite-flavoured ice cream? 

Ultra-Aussie frozen treat is a hit with foreign tourists but leaves other people cold.

An ice-cream parlour in Victoria has created a Vegemite flavour.

The flavour was conjured up on Australia Day 2011.

Dooley's on the Great Ocean Road sells the unique product.

Owner Dooley Milner says Vegemite flavour is big hit with foreign tourists.

But it has some critics online.

How about some Vegemite ice-cream with Weet Bix on top?

The ultra-Aussie confection is just one of the weird and wacky flavours being concocted by an adventurous, multi-award winning, ice-cream connoisseur.

Dooley's Ice Cream parlour in Apollo Bay, on Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road, is known for producing some of the oddest combinations in ice-cream - and its Vegemite flavour may be the strangest yet.

Dozens of flavours at Dooley's.
Owner Dooley Milner told Daily Mail Australia the flavour is a massive hit with international tourists and 'gets people talking'.

Dooley's Ice Cream Parlour on the Great Ocean Road has released a Vegemite flavour 

But others are not so keen, saying the black, salty yeast by-product is not well suited to ice cream.

Dooley's, which has won 370 awards for excellence, often creates unique flavours in the run-up to special events.

Just before Christmas, Dooley's made a Xmas Pudding flavour and for Australia Day the shop made a Lamington flavour.

But it's Vegemite that has stood the test of time. The parlour first introduced the unique ice-cream on Australia Day in 2011 and it has been on the shelves ever since.

In 2012, it won a silver award at the Royal Melbourne Show and the parlour's vanilla flavour has been voted the number one ice-cream in Australia at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards 2015. 

'I've stuck with it since. It has been received quite well.' Mr Milner said. 

The famous shop, which is visited each day by hundreds of tourists, has a range of odd flavours on display

76-year-old Dooley Milner has been running the parlour for the past 14 years and his daughter Alyciandra came on-board in 2007

Lamington ice cream.
The 76-year-old has been running the parlour for the past 14 years and his daughter Alyciandra came on-board in 2007.

'It’s a great point of interest with people coming in. They come in and they ask "can we try the Vegemite?", Mr Milner said. 

'They've never heard of it before, especially not in an ice cream.'

'Some say it’s too strong and some say it’s just right and come back and buy more.'

The shop is known for creating unique flavours for special occasions. This Lamington flavour was made available for Australia Day.

The ice-cream parlour has won over 370 awards for it's range of different flavours

While Mr Milner said the ice-cream tastes of Vegemite, there have been some critics of the acquired flavour online.

A commenter on Reddit wasn't impressed with the potent flavour while others claimed they were desperate to try it. 

'Not good....the taste was too strong,' the user said. 

Another commenter was desperate to taste the flavour, telling other users he wouldn't mind if it's wasn't nice.

Weet Bix gelato.
While people are eager to queue up to taste the unique product, there have been some critics of the Vegemite flavour online 

Dooley's owner Mr Milner said he will continue selling the Vegemite flavour ice-cream as it's a conversation starter among the many curious tourists who pass his shop everyday on the Great Ocean Road. 

The shop also sells strange flavours such as Xmas Pudding and Pavlova 

'I can't go the rest of my life without finding out what this tastes like. I won't even care if it's terrible. I have to try it,' the user said. 

Mr Milner said he will continue selling the Vegemite flavour ice-cream as it's a conversation starter among the many curious tourists who pass the shop.

'I think we’ll keep it going, we've always kept it going practically right from the start,' he said. 

'All the tour guides speak very highly of it and bring their travellers in and they try the Vegemite. It’s one of the talking points and also chilli chocolate and ginger.'

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