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Blood Orange Lamingtons

January 12, 2012
3 Ratings
  • Makes 20-24 2" cubes
Author Notes

Lamingtons is a traditional aussie dessert consisting of two layers of butter cake filled with jam and glazed with chocolate icing and coconut. Since I have more homemade marmalades than I know what to do with, putting a citrus spin is a logical choice. My Lamingtons are made with an orange-scented buttermilk cake with blood orange marmalade filling. Each little cube is enrobed in Grand Marnier chocolate icing and shredded coconut.

Don’t be fooled into thinking these are bite-size treats. I rather like to think they are personal-size dessert. They are so incredibly pretty sitting in printed cupcake liners. Since the glaze acts as a barrier to prevent the cake from drying out, the Lamingtons stay fresh for up to three days. I like to package them individually in cellophane bag tied with matching satin ribbon for adorable Valentine’s Day treat or party favours.

I recommend that you make the buttermilk cake a day before you're ready to assemble the Lamingtons. —DessertByCandy

What You'll Need
  • Buttermilk Cake
  • 13.75 ounces granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 10.5 ounces cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 0.25 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4.5 large eggs
  • Chocolate Icing & Assembly
  • 24.25 ounces icing sugar
  • 3.25 ounces cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 4 tablespoons blood orange marmalade or other flavourful fine cut marmalade
  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Buttermilk Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 11x17 half sheet pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with butter.
  3. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, rub orange zest into granulated sugar until fragrant and crumbly. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed with the paddle attachment for 30 seconds.
  4. Add butter and a quarter of the buttermilk into the mixer. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes to aerate the batter and build some structure.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the remaining buttermilk and eggs. Add one third to the mixer and mix for 20 seconds to incorporate. Repeat two more times for the rest of the buttermilk mixture. The batter should be smooth and pourable.
  6. Fill the prepared pan with batter and level with offset spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cake overnight.
  1. Chocolate Icing & Assembly
  2. When you’re ready to assemble the cake, start with making the chocolate icing. In a large mixing bowl, sift together icing sugar and cocoa powder. Warm milk and butter in microwave until tepid. Whisk into icing sugar until smooth and homogenous. Whisk in Grand Marnier. Set the mixing bowl of glaze over a pot of simmering water at very low heat to keep the glaze fluid.
  3. Unmold the cake from pan and peel away the parchment paper. Cut the cake in half so you have two pieces each measuring 11x8.5. Spread marmalade over one piece of the cake in a thin layer using an offset spatula. Stack the two pieces together to make a big cake sandwich.
  4. Using a long serrated knife, trim the edges of the cake. Cut into 20 to 24 cubes. The yield depends on how much of the edge you trim away. The key is to match the size of the squares to the thickness of the cake sandwich so you end up with cubes.
  5. To set up your enrobing station, fill a medium mixing bowl with coconut. Place it close to the pot with the chocolate glaze (i.e. the stove). Set a cooling rack over a half sheet pan. It will be used for drying the enrobed cakes.
  6. Take one cube of cake sandwich and drop it gently into the bowl of chocolate glaze. Spoon glaze over the cake until it’s all covered. Fish it out using a chocolate dipping fork or a regular dinner fork and let the excess glaze drip away. Drop the cake into the bowl of coconut and roll it around until all sides are covered with coconut. Use a clean fork to move the cake onto the cooling rack. Repeat until all cubes are enrobed.
  7. The glaze will set in about 30 minutes. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.
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4 Reviews

culture_connoisseur January 29, 2012
What an amazing recipe! Oh how I love Lamingtons! My desert (sometimes meal) of choice while in Australia!
DessertByCandy January 13, 2012
Thank you! Mine ended up about the same size as a cupcake. I love how they're more portable without worry of messing up the buttercream. I hope more people get to try Lamingtons too.
JuliaB January 12, 2012
These look fantastic! More Americans should try laming tons - they are divine. Good luck in the contest!
DessertByCandy January 13, 2012
Thank you! Mine ended up about the same size as cupcakes and they're more portable. No messy buttercream! I hope more people will get to try lamingtons too.