lamington cake

 lamington cake- cityhippyfarmgirl

lamington cake- cityhippyfarmgirl

Lamingtons and I have never had a firm friendship. They were always the thing of old fashioned bakeries, afternoon tea at someone else’s house or a slightly squished white paper bag to bring home for my mum as little treat. 

A favourite for childhood cake drives and always guaranteed at the local church sweets stand. It wasn’t for me though. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get past the dryness. Not even a lamington with jam and cream in the middle could save these iconic coconut squares of Australia for me.

They just weren’t my thing.

Until now that is. Now that I’ve drowned it in a sweet milky goodness that can only be attributed to a can of condensed milk. I can almost hear the collective gasps of the CWA. Shrieks of, you can’t put condensed milk in a lamington!

But you can. And I did. And perhaps in doing so I have wiped out all ability to name it still a lamington. However I’m sticking to it, and this is my lamington cake.

lamington cake- cityhippyfarmgirl

Lamington Cake

125g butter

3 eggs

150g (2/3 cup) sugar

2 tsp vanilla

225g (1 1/2 cups) s/r flour

50g (1/2 cup) desiccated coconut

125mls (1/2 cup) milk


1 can condensed milk

50g cocoa

Cream butter and sugar. Add in vanilla, beaten eggs, and milk together than fold in dry ingredients. Bake in a greased and lined spring form pan (approx 23cm) at 180C for about 35-40 minutes. Bake until golden in colour.

While cake is still hot, leave it in the cake tin, prick it all over with a skewer or fork then pour on the condensed milk mixture. (Whisk together in a bowl, condensed milk and cocoa together beforehand.)

Leave cake to soak up mixture, occasionally bringing the condensed milk back to the centre to soak in at the top a little more. Once room temperature, pop into the fridge for a couple of hours (or over night.) Take the cake out of the tin and cover in desiccated coconut.

hamburger with the lot, thanks love…

Hamburger with the lot thanks love…

If you are an Australian, you may have heard these words before. If you like your burgers and frequent take away places regularly, you may have even heard it a lot. If you’re not Australian and are wondering why bother posting about a burger, it’s because it’s not any old burger. You see it has beetroot and pineapple on it, which are the two crucial ingredients to take it up to Aussie Burger status.

Around the country, patties have been flipped, onions have been sliced and cans of beetroot have been opened. Money exchanged, and great mouthfuls of burger have been hurriedly eaten before the whole thing lands on your lap. With this many ingredients its hard to keep a firm hand on it all and show that burger who is boss.

Back in my burger flippin’ days, we would have competitions to see who could make the biggest one, without letting anything fall. The heat of the grill, the timing of the orders piling up, challenge of building your burger to be the greatest heights a person had ever seen! However once the burger was out of your hands, and into the customers, it was up to them. No blame could be taken if their burger became a tumbling pile of slop in their lap. With beetroot stains down their post beach kaftans, it was up to them to wrap their chops around the towering extravaganza.

So how to make your own Aussie Burger with the lot?

Burger bun; I made up some sourdough rolls. Easy, and healthier than your standard old white ‘fluffy’ bun.

Now you have to build…


sliced beetroot

sliced pineapple


fried egg

burger pattie


tomato sauce


Good luck.

If you are making burgers at home, there are so many things you can add. They don’t have to be a greasy pile of slop. Swap the beef pattie for a lentil one, or some grilled tofu. Or even just keep it as a salad. Make your own tomato relish or add caramelised onions. Swap burger buns for flat breads and roll it up.

The possibilities are endless.

Now just be careful with that beetroot…


This recipe submitted to yeastspotting