Definitions

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  • n. A Homburg hat.
  • n. A small square Australian/New Zealand cake made with sponge cake covered on all sides (including top and bottom) with chocolate and desiccated coconut.

Etymologies

From LamingtonĀ ("place name"). After Charles Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, who was governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901 and apparently wore such a hat. (Wiktionary)
Uncertain. Although current dictionaries all associate it with the Baron, the earliest publication of this derivation is by John Hepworth in the Nation Review of July 1977. An earlier (1966) reference gives the cake but does not associate it with the Baron, suggesting the theory was not current in the 1960s.[3] (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • have a little faith! fresh whipped cream between two halves of a lamington is the perfect foil to the richness of the dark chocolate icing, and the spongy cake texture. it's like the icing on the cake, only lamingtons already have icing, so they really appreciate the additional cream.

    and on my right...

  • Clive Palmer interview - Minerals Council submission re Australian resources tax: pie or "lamington"?

    WN.com - Business News

  • This week lemon won the polls, secretly I was hoping for lamington, but it wasn't to be.

    The Red Deer

  • Maybe you could do a bonus cupcake- do something with lamington before you get to the "M" cupcake.

    The Red Deer

  • He looked as though someone had sprinkled lamington coconut on the back of his collar.

    Land Divers

  • The Judgment The Country Women's Association, or CWA, sets the standard for the traditional "country show" lamington, baked by large-armed cooks who compete for the glory of a blue ribbon at town fairs around Australia.

    Lamingtons

  • With new styles and flavors, the lamington may have a bright future.

    Lamingtons

  • Finally, there are those who swear that a lamington should contain a layer of cream in the middle.

    Lamingtons

  • A proper show lamington should be a single square layer of cake with sides typically measuring four centimeters or five centimeters.

    Lamingtons

  • A few cooks go further by cutting the lamington into two layers and spreading raspberry jam in between.

    Lamingtons

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  • Lol, great story frin!

    August 2, 2008

  • I made small ones once when I was living in the States and feeling homesick. They were 1.5" cubes and I put cointreau in the chocolate icing, so you could say they were on the sophisticated side. It was extremely difficult to find dessicated coconut in the local supermarkets, however. Could only find the flaked coconut, which is too coarse. Spent a good half an hour with a mezzaluna knife cutting the flakes into crumbs. At which point you understand why I only did it once and thereafter stuck to making pavlova.

    August 2, 2008

  • Perhaps they use the money to make more lamingtons, contributing to a vicious, yet very tasty cycle of production.

    July 31, 2008

  • Ooh, yes, my school has lamington drives. I don't know what they use the money for, but they must get a lot, lamingtons sell fast.

    July 31, 2008

  • Quite possibly the best cheap bakery cake you can buy. They sell these things here (in Perth, Western Australia) for fundraisers at about four dollars for a box of eight or more. Great stuff.

    July 31, 2008

  • You're better off, then, bilby.

    July 30, 2008

  • Ooh, yes, I do remember the Frankie song. Never understood it though.

    July 30, 2008

  • Oops. I must have dallied too long at the psychedelicatessen, I guess. You're correct.

    July 30, 2008

  • I thought it was Wristwatch Crisco...? *reminiscing* Or the ever-popular love song, "Krisco Kisses."

    July 30, 2008

  • Wordievolution...

    July 30, 2008

  • You know, we were doing so well on this page....

    July 30, 2008

  • Sheik Yerbouti. A classic for the title alone--not to mention Crisco Wristwatch.

    July 30, 2008

  • Bilby, have you never heard Frank Zappa's genius work? Or perhaps Frankie Goes to Hollywood's?
    p.s. they weren't talking about its usage in baked goods.

    July 30, 2008

  • Crisco is vegetable shortening. Like lard. Sounds yummy, eh?

    July 29, 2008

  • Who's Crisco and why is he invading your sweetbreads?

    July 29, 2008

  • Mmmphph.

    *swallows*

    No, they don't. :-D

    July 29, 2008

  • They don't call it a "Whoopie" Pie for nothing, do they reesetee?

    July 29, 2008

  • Yes. I know this because I won't touch marshmallow with a 10-foot pole, whereas I'll gladly eat the creamy Crisco-and-powdered-sugar filling of a whoopie pie. :-)

    July 29, 2008

  • Oh, that's it then. Thanks dontcry. I must have been thinking of Moon Pies.

    Is Crisco and powdered sugar any different than modern marshmallow? *ponders*

    July 29, 2008

  • Moon Pie's and Mallomars have marshmallow in them. A Whoopie Pie has a creamy center.

    July 29, 2008

  • Isn't the filling of whoopie pies made of Crisco and powdered sugar?

    July 29, 2008

  • No whoopie pie I've ever eaten has had marshmallow in it. Nosiree.

    July 29, 2008

  • BARF!! No! No marshmallow in lamingtons. No!

    July 22, 2008

  • Hmm. Looks like a fancypants whoopie pie. Yum!

    July 22, 2008

  • I can't believe I've never heard of these...can't wait to make them! Also they sound so cute -- kind of like "lambykins" which is a variation on a word found in this list:Nicknames you shouldn't give to an axe-wielding, loincloth-wearing barbarian warrior with bulging thews.

    July 17, 2008

  • Yum!
    I used to have a lamington for recess every day in primary school. I haven't had one in ages, though. Maybe I'll make some...

    July 16, 2008

  • *clicks on sionnach's link* Ohhh.... ohhhh... *quivering*

    July 16, 2008

  • "Epigram--Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington" -
    Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, 1791

    July 16, 2008

  • yummy wikilink

    I particularly enjoyed the following wikifacts:

    Ironically, Lord Lamington was known to have hated the dessert that had been named in his honour, once referring to them as "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

    Tea and lamingtons are part of the festivities that follow Australian Citizenship ceremonies.

    July 16, 2008

  • A kind of cake. I don't like coconut, or it doesn't like me.

    Seems to be an Oz thing.

    July 16, 2008

  • What IS it?

    July 16, 2008

  • Oh man, I LOVED these... They are not well known in the United States...

    July 16, 2008