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Discover the Best Chocolate Icing for Lamingtons and Elevate Your Baking Game!

Lamingtons are a delicious dessert that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

These little cakes are made with a vanilla sponge cake, coated in a layer of chocolate icing, and then rolled in desiccated coconut.

They are a popular treat in Australia and New Zealand, and have been enjoyed for generations.

In this blog post, we will explore the different types of chocolate icing that can be used for lamingtons, and offer a recipe for the best chocolate icing for lamingtons.

1. Basic Cookbook recipe


1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups flour


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cocoa, sugar, milk, oil, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract.

Beat the mixture until it is well combined and the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the flour to the mixture and beat until the batter is smooth and well combined.

3. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch baking pan.

Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

4. Allow the cake to cool before serving.

2. Coulis Ganache recipe

The trick to the perfect chocolate icing for lamingtons is to use a coulis ganache.

A coulis ganache is a fancy term for a chocolate icing that’s made with a lot of liquid, rather than being the standard “icing” consistency.

You can make it with either a block of chocolate (and I’ve included the recipe for that below) or using cocoa powder and icing sugar, which is a good option if you want to make a larger batch.

If you’re looking for more of a traditional chocolate icing for lamingtons, check out my chocolate buttercream recipe.

3. Chocolate Custard recipe

Chocolate Custard is a variation of chocolate cream used for icing and filling cakes.

It is made by melting chocolate with milk and sugar, stirring in eggs to make a batter, and cooking it over low heat until thickened.

It is often used as a substitute for chocolate buttercream because it is cheaper and does not require as much butter.

This is the best chocolate icing for lamingtons.

It is easy to make and tastes great.

It also pipes really well which is important when making lamingtons.

I would recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a great chocolate icing.

4. White Chocolate recipe

Lamingtons are one of the most well-known and loved Australian cakes and they are perfect for any occasion.

They are squares of sponge cake coated in a layer of sweet chocolate sauce and then rolled in shredded coconut.

They are usually topped with a cherry, but some people like to use other toppings.

Here is a recipe for white chocolate icing that is perfect for lamingtons.

This recipe makes enough to ice 12 lamingtons.


1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter until well combined.


5. minimalisticbaker recipe

Minimalist Baker Recipe for the Best Chocolate Icing for Lamingtons

Here is how to make the Minimalist Baker recipe for the Best Chocolate Icing for Lamingtons:


1/4 cup (60g) coconut oil
1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar
1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (15ml) coconut milk (or almond/ Hemp milk)
70g icing sugar (or more depending on consistency – see note below)


1. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and coconut sugar together over low heat.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract until smooth.

2. Add the coconut milk and whisk until combined.

3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is fluffy and has cooled down slightly.

4. Sift in the icing sugar and beat on low speed until just combined.

The mixture should be thick but still spreadable.

In a nutshell

Whether you want to decorate a cake, make delicious truffles or add a bit of flair to your Lamington, we’ve got you covered.

Our selection of chocolate icing recipes will have you licking the spoon and going back for seconds.

From Basic Cookbook’s recipe for a basic chocolate icing that’s perfect for kids to Coulis Ganache’s recipe for a luxurious icing that’s perfect for gateaux, we guarantee that no matter your preference, you’ll find a recipe that you’ll want to make again and again.

So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to whip up a batch of delicious chocolate icing!.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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