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Mango, white chocolate and lime lamingtons

I might have just found the perfect bribe reminder for Mother Nature to turn on a little sunshine for us tomorrow, as we gather around to wish our modern nation a happy birthday on Australia Day.

To help us celebrate the occasion, we made some mango, white chocolate and lime lamingtons. After all January is still summer! And summer means mangoes. Yep, I’d be excited too if I was her!

We used the trusty lamington sponge recipe from the NSW Agricultural Society’s Country Show Cookbook and made up our own mango dipping sauce. The combination of mango, coconut and white chocolate was so good, but since the sauce was a little on the sweet side, we added a generous squeeze of lime juice and zest to it. It made all the difference! We might make another batch to share around with the neighbours!

Happy Australia Day!

Makes 8 squares, or 32 bite-sized pieces

Mango, white chocolate and lime lamingtons

We used one fresh calypso mango, but feel free to use canned mango pulp if out of season. Real white chocolate or melts are best for this recipe.

For the sponge:

  • 110g softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch of salt

For the dipping sauce:

  • 250ml mango pulp
  • 75g white chocolate
  • juice of 1 lime
  • zest of 1 lime

To serve:

  • 1.5 cups dessicated or shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180C (170C fan forced, 350F, gas mark 4). Line a square 20cm cake tin with baking paper and grease any uncovered sides.

To make the sponge: sift flours and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl. Add all remaining cake ingredients and beat using an electric mixer on medium high for about 5 minutes. The mixture will become pale and light. Transfer into the tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until just golden on the top and cooked through.

Allow cake to cool before placing it in the fridge for about 20 minutes and cutting into fingers or squares. I like to remove the side crusts too, it makes the lamingtons even more meltingly soft.

To make the dipping sauce: peel and puree mango, making sure the pulp is at room temperature. Pass through a sieve to remove any fibrous matter from the fruit. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth.

To make the lamingtons: dip each square or bite-sized piece in the sauce to cover lightly. Then dip in dessicated coconut and roll around to make sure it’s covered completely. Store in the fridge until serving time.


Michelle January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

OK, so I had to google lamingtons. Glad to learn something new, and those look wonderful.

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

How delightful these do sound. Wishing you and your family a Happy Australia Day!!

Bam's Kitchen January 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Happy Auzzie Day! Great little bite to go with the afternoon tea.

Joanne Ozug January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I’ve never heard of a lamington before, but I’m so intrigued. The flavor combo here is spectacular as well. Mango, white chocolate and lime…totally up my alley!

john@heneedsfood January 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

What a refreshing change to the normal lamington. Something tells I’d enjoy this more than the original. Never been a lamington fan

Just A Smidgen January 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Oh… Happy Australia Day!! Anything to see more of your lovely Lamingtons! My daughter made a version of these when she was studying Australia back in Elementary School and I have absolutely NEVER forgotten how delicious they were!!

rsmacaalay January 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I never liked lamingtons I guess because I only tried the normal ones, I guess this recipe would change that, your flavour combination are one of my favourites.

Maureen January 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Wow.. I’m not surprised the you ramped up the lamingtons. I was planning on making ordinary ones tomorrow morning and now I’ll feel guilty. :) These soundd wonderful.

famdoz January 26, 2012 at 2:35 am

looks like a tasty reinvention of the lamington, however I can’t see white chocolate in the list of ingredients…

Wholesome Cook January 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

Oh thank you for spotting it! I’ve now updated the ingredients’ list!

Courtney January 26, 2012 at 3:37 am

Happy Australia Day! How fun – these look right up my alley. They look so soft and spongy – with mango and lime and white chocolate, oh my!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide January 26, 2012 at 3:58 am

Never had these, but now I have a strong desire too. They look wonderful.

Jennifer (Delicieux) January 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love your tropical take on traditional lamingtons. They look divine and mango and white chocolate – yum!

Anne S January 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

Happy Australia Day! Love the flavours in this, I’m allergic to cocoa and could never enjoy one, but thanks to you I now can!! :-)

Mel January 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

Delicious twist on the original lamington. Will definitely be trying this soon.

Ashton @nummm January 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

Ohhhh goodness. I need to make these.

Anna @ the shady pine January 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Happy Australia Day…these look delicious!!!

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} January 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

Happy Austraiia Day! It’s Michigan’s birthday today! should celebrate with a cherry dessert or something! I love mango and coconut, these look delish!

Julie January 27, 2012 at 7:14 am

Happy Belated Australia day. I love your take of the Lamington. I made traditional Lamingtons for a guest post yesterday. I shall try for next year!

Phuoc'n Delicious January 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

This sounds divine. Perfect twist on an old classic

Sissi January 30, 2012 at 2:15 am

I have never heard of lamingtons. They look excellent.

Nami | Just One Cookbook January 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Oh how cute these little bites are! Although this is my first time seeing or even hearing about this dessert, I will never forget this. I wish I have a chance to eat this one day (or have to bake myself…teehee – I’m just not so confident about baking all the time, gosh!).

Spencer February 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Wow! I love white chocolate and I love Lamingtons too. Great picture! Makes me want to order some online from you lol!

sara (Belly Rumbles) February 4, 2012 at 3:33 am

What a great remake of the classic lamington. Such a nice flavour combo and wonderful modern twist.

Sophie February 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

We also have lamintons in South Africa – although in my home language of Afrikaans we call them “ystervarkies” or porcupines bec of the white coconut.

I’ve never seen a mango version but it sounds heavenly and mangoes are in season here as well

Thanks for the recipe!

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Awanthi Vardaraj June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Oh, these look gorgeous! One of the things I miss the most about Australia – lamingtons! I’m going to have to attempt to make these!

Karine December 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

I am not in a place got fresh sweet mango, do you think frozen mango will work as well? ( btw, I have tried this recipe before with fresh mango, and they taste real good!!!)

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook December 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Hi Karine, yes, frozen mango should work well, too!


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