Chocolate Coconut Cake Squares a.k.a. Lamingtons

This Lamingtons recipe is one that I have not made in a very, very long time. It was almost a lost recipe to me and when I saw it in my sister’s Facebook timeline from a blog called Sweet Little Bluebird, the memories came flooding back.

Chocolate Coconut Cake Squares a.k.a. Lamingtons

For the cake
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons good quality vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

For the chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • To finish
  • Approximately 4 cups dried shredded coconut

  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together both flours, baking soda. baking powder, salt and sugar, Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the vegetable oil, shortening and vanilla. Beat well at high speed with whisk attachment until light and fluffy
  4. Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.
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