Chef's Recipes

Lamingtons with caramel cream

A classic Australian cake alternatively dipped in caramel cream and then rolled in coconut threads.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 36
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"One of our few classics that can't be disputed," says Kelly. "I've changed it up a bit for this lunch because, to be honest, I probably can't compete with your grandma." Start this recipe a day ahead to make the caramel cream.
Pictured with Anzac macarons.


  • 60 gm softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 50 gm caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 100 gm self-raising flour (2/3 cup)
  • 20 ml milk
  • 200 gm finely grated coconut
Caramel cream
  • 110 gm caster sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 250 ml pouring cream (1 cup)


  • 1
    For caramel cream, stir sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook, without stirring, until the first drifts of smoke appear and it has a good dark caramel colour (5-6 minutes). Drizzle the cream around the edge of the pan and swirl until well combined (be careful, hot caramel will spit), then add sea salt to taste. Quickly chill over an ice bath, then refrigerate overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 190C, and butter a 20cm x 20cm cake tin and line with baking paper. Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl, then add egg, beating well to combine. Beat in flour and milk until smooth, then spread batter in prepared tin and bake until a skewer inserted withdraws clean (18-20 minutes). Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into 3cm cubes.
  • 3
    Place caramel cream and coconut in separate bowls, then roll cake cubes first in caramel cream, then in coconut and serve.