Sunday sweets – Lamingtons

Posted on: September 12th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Our talented friends Trish and Bev were here for a visit and made these lamingtons as a treat for us all to enjoy one rainy evening.  They are wonderful, the classic cake with a delicious chocolate icing all bundled up in coconut, vegan style.  What champs, if you want to make yourself some comfort treats, try these.

Vegan lamingtons

CAKE
  • 1/2 c Nuttelex (vegan margarine) or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c soy milk
ICING
  • 3 c icing sugar
  • 1/3 c cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp Nuttelex or oil
  • 1/3 c soy milk (or hot water)
  • dessicated coconut – maybe 2-3 cups

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Grease a square tin 20 x 20cm (8 x 8in).

Sift flour and baking powder together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix Nuttelex/oil and sugar until light and creamy (unless you are using oil, in which case it just gets mixed), add the vanilla and mix well.
Add the soy milk and flour alternately, mixing well in between. Add about a third of each at a time, starting with the soy milk, don’t overmix.
Spread the mixture in the cake tin and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a knife in the centre comes out clean.  Leave to cool overnight (or at least 4 hours).

To make the icing:

Prepare a dish full of dessicated coconut, and have a clean plate or two ready to put the iced lamingtons on.

Cut the cake into squares of your desired size. You can trim off the top of the cake if you like, it helps the icing soak in.  In a large bowl, sift together the icing sugar and cocoa.  In a saucepan, melt the margarine or oil and add the soy milk until quite warm (not boiling) and then turn off the heat. Water works fine too, instead of soy.  Add a bit of the liquid at a time into the icing sugar mixture, stirring well each time until you get a nice consistency (a bit runny, but not too liquid).
Take one of the cakes and dip each side into the icing, then coat this with the dessicated coconut. If you have a friend to help you assembly-line style it is really helpful!  It’s good to let the icing cool (in the fridge)  before eating. Mmm, delicious!
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