19 / Lamington

Another New Zealand tradition that appears to have been adopted from Australia is the lamington – a cube of sponge cake coated with chocolate or raspberry-flavoured pink icing and rolled in dried coconut. There are various theories regarding the name, but it was probably inspired by Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1895 to 1901, or his wife. Perhaps the earliest evidence of the lamington’s arrival in New Zealand was a recipe published in a newspaper in 1902. The ingredients included three cups of flour, five eggs, three large teaspoons of grated chocolate, and ‘dessicated cocoanut’. Acceptable at any time, the lamington is frequently sold at fund-raising fairs and as fare for ‘ladies a plate’.


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