When i saw the picture of the Lamingtons in a booked at rainmaker shack in Lonavala near Mumbai, India. I immediately wanted to make and have them. But for some reason we couldn't. I borrowed the book from Dhanya, (the chef at the Rain maker shack) and photocopied that ... Thanks Dhaniya! She told me that that book belonged to her and she had bought at very younger days. This book has really good recipes. No wonder they still have that book.
when i reached came back to Delhi, i immediately wanted to make them ..and made them couple of times after that when we had to go to somebody's house.. i love to make hand made and take.
Recently on my hubby's birthday, he had to take some sweet to office, so i thought what could be better than Lamingtons. He was bit skeptical about it ... give that he had never tried them and also when he tasted them while i was making he was little confused .. may be with new taste or the cocoa and sugar syrup hadn't soaked-in yet.
Next morning when he pinged me on chat.. first thing he said .. people saying very good!! aah i was again on top of the world! :)
so here is how i make them :
Makes about 20
11/3 cups Maida (flour)
1 tspn Soda bicarbonate
1 tblspn Custard powdered
1 cup Caster sugar
½ cup Milk
¼ cup Margarine/soft butter
2 Eggs- lightly beaten
½ tspn Vanilla essence
2 cups Icing sugar
½ cups Cocoa
½ cups Boiling water
1. Combine al the cake ingredients in the large bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture into well greased tin bake it at 180 degree for 25- 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool it in tin for 5 minutes then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool. Make the cake the day before required as its easier to cut.
Icing. Sift icing sugar and cocoa together into a bowl, add sufficient boiling water to make a fairly runny icing.
Using a fork or your fingers, dip each cake into the chocolate icing until well coated.
Roll in the coconut then place on a wire rack.
Another way to coat the lamingtons is to place the coconut in the plastic bag, add the cake and toss gently until cake is well coated.