Dark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons

Dark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons

I adore overcast days, where the sky is grey and the sun is hidden behind thick, heavy clouds. Seldom have these days recently arisen, but when they do, they are always celebrated. The depressing gloom seems to be Mother Nature’s way of communicating a message. Slow down, unwind and embrace the peace of a quiet day.

On days like these, it’s rare that I cannot find an excuse to bake. The miserable weather makes it a necessity.  An oven filled with the promise of sweet baked goods warms the house and elevates any mood.

Dark Mocha and Raspberry LamingtonsDark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons

Recently, I have become taken with the idea of simplistic cooking – mainly basic, traditional and comforting baking. I love to pursue the no fuss and no flair aspect of wholesome food. The focus is solely on divine flavour.

There is a simple beauty in a lamington. And these Dark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons fall squarely under simple, traditional and comforting food. The ingredients are common and the flavours pure, but somehow the taste is unforgettable.

These lamingtons are my selfish pleasure.  A tender, brownie like mocha sponge is halved, smothered in sweet raspberry jam, dipped in a thick layer of rich dark chocolate and then encased in coconut.

Dark Mocha and Raspberry LamingtonsDark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons

The dark chocolate brownie sponge is unbelievably moist, decadent and rich. A bite melts in your mouth and turns into a soft, gooey chocolate mess that sticks to the roof of your mouth and lingers long after being consumed.  They are incredibly moorish, taste just as delightful as they sound and are satisfying in the way that only an old fashioned, traditional home baked treat can be.

I love to munch on them while they are still warm and the chocolate coating is slightly melted. They are perfect to be accompanied alongside a good cup of tea or tall glass of warm milk and just seem to taste that little bit better on a particularly miserable day.

Dark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons
Serves: 20
  • For the sponge:
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g self raising flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa, sifted
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 25ml espresso
  • 80g dark chocolate, melted
  • For assembly:
  • 250g raspberry jam
  • 400g dark chocolate, melted
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 500g shredded coconut
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Grease and line 2 x rectangle slice tins that are 6 cm high. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream/beat the butter and sugar until light, thick and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the sifted flour, baking powder and dark cocoa and stir to combine.
  6. Add the melted chocolate to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
  7. Lastly, add the espresso shot and combine.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the slice tins and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the centre clean and the sponge bounces back when lightly pressed.
  9. Remove the cakes from the tins to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Once the cakes are cool, trim the edges to make 2 perfect rectangles.
  11. Spread the jam oven the top of one of the rectangles and then sandwich with the other. Place in the freezer while preparing the coating.
  12. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, sift the icing sugar and milk. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  13. Place the coconut in a large mixing bowl, set aside.
  14. Remove the mocha sponge from the freezer and carefully cut into 4-5 cm squares.
  15. Very carefully dip each square into the dark chocolate and then roll each side in the coconut. (To avoid messy fingers this can be done using a skewer).
  16. Set aside on a baking tray and let sit to harden at room temperature.

 Dark Mocha and Raspberry Lamingtons


  • Reply José June 16, 2015 at 3:44 am

    OMG yum. I love lamingtons and these look divine!

  • Reply claire March 1, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Gaaah! I wan’t to make these so badly! Love. Love. Coffee.
    Must. Have. Chocolate.
    A no-brainer!
    But what size are the “slice pans” required, please?

    • Reply thalia March 1, 2015 at 1:49 am

      I used a 20 x 26 x 6 cm.

  • Reply Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen February 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of lamingtons (ah, the consequences of being born and raised in the USA), but these look SO good! I might need to put them on my to-make list! Anything with the word “brownie” in it piques my interest ;-). Your Instagram plug-in below is really very pretty. Which plug-in do you use for it?

  • Reply Valentina @kitchenhighlights.blogspot.com October 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    My dear mother used to prepare something similar when I was little. They are simple but taste incredibly good!

  • Reply Charlene @ thatgirlcookshealthy.com October 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    These little treats remind me of a delicacy called “Snow ball” which I used to eat when I was younger. I would love to make a gluten free version of this.

  • Reply indugetscooking October 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

    The inside of that lamington looks so beautiful. Dark and yum!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar October 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I have never had a Lamington, but these look so good I definitely want to try them! Beautiful!

  • Reply Summer B. October 13, 2014 at 1:29 am

    These are so beautiful and perfect looking! I have never made lamingtons before I must try these!

  • Reply Shinee October 12, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I never had lamingtons before, and it sounds delicious! (Chocolate+raspberries! Hello?!) Will have to make these asap! 🙂

  • Reply Emma @ bake then eat October 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    A seriously lovely traditional bake. I too love the classics and the little twists we can put on them. I love the raspberry filling in these Lamingtons.

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’m pinning this recipe almost in all my boards. It is something I don’t want to forget next time I’ll be in the kitchen to bake something delicious! Lamingtons with a hint of espresso… sounds like heaven to me.

  • Reply Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen October 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Wow! Those look amazing!I love the flavor combo 🙂

  • Reply Grace @ earthy Feast October 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Oh my, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything quite like these dreamy bites of chocolatey raspberry goodness! Love! Pinned!

  • Reply Natasha @ the cake merchant October 10, 2014 at 1:38 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had a lamington. These photos make me want to try one again! I’m going to try making some the next time I’m home on a rainy day 🙂

  • Reply Christina diederich October 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    These look so interesting! I’m gonna have to give these a try!

  • Reply Susan | Simple Healthy Kitchen October 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Your pictures are SO beautiful! I love Lamington’s (although they are really hard to find here in the USA) and now I’m CRAVING Lamington’s…going to have to try making theses.

  • Reply PassTheknife October 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve never tried a lamington, they look so classy and delicious!

  • Reply sippitysup October 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve never heard the word lamington but I am certainly enamored of them already. (cloudy days I know and I should learn to embrace them as you have). GREG

  • Reply Tina Jui October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Thalia! These are beautiful. We used to serve them at the coffee shop that I work at, but it was a passion fruit with vanilla sponge. Never tried a chocolate sponge inside, and it sounds so decadent.

  • Reply Marissa | Pinch and Swirl October 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    These are so gorgeous! And I love how they’re just a couple of bites…

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali October 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    oh my god! you won’t believe this just yesterday I was thinking of making lamingtons and today I see this on your blog! Pinned!

  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry October 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Girl, I love your photography. I think my current baking run has been down to you. I have not yet made the friands I have book marked but been perfecting some cornmeal muffins. Off to go nosey thru the rest of your baking adventures.

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my gosh – how beautiful are these? I am adoring the flavor combo. And your photos? Absolutely beautiful!!! I love the simplicity of them, and it really makes these lamingtons stand out! They look delicious! Pinned!

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen October 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love the looks of these lamingtons! Chocolate + raspberry and chocolate + coconut are two of my favorite flavor combos, but I’ve never thought to combine them all together! Genius 😀

  • Reply Sharon @ what the fork food blog October 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Wow these sound amazing! Chocolate, raspberry and coconut? So simple and delicious 🙂

  • Reply Martha @ A Family Feast October 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wow Thalia! These look delicious – I’m a big fan of chocolate and raspberry together and I love the mocha twist! Looks simple and sinful!

  • Reply Jenny @ BAKE October 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Wow! These are just so pretty!

  • Reply Sarah @ SnixyKitchen October 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Your gloomy day fall baking sounds like such a treat (and quite the opposite of my no-bake HOT weekend!). The chocolate + raspberry sounds divine!

  • Reply Maggie October 9, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I’d never heard of a lamington before now. You’ve truly changed my life. I’ve been having just the kind of day that calls for these treats. Thank you so much for the education and inspiration!

  • Reply Dana @ 3boysunprocessed October 9, 2014 at 2:16 am

    These look wonderful! Two of my favorite things… chocolate and espresso!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 9, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I look at that beautiful plate of lamingtons and I’m glad I’m an Aussie. I never had one before I moved here. I’ll admit that I’ve never had one quite as fancy as this but I’m going to give your recipe a try.

  • Reply Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog October 9, 2014 at 12:10 am

    You’re so spot on, when there are cooler days, it is Mother Natures’ way of telling us to slow down, I love that you wrote about that! And these lamingtons look and sound absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen October 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Yum! I’ve tried plenty of lamingtons, but have never seen any that looked as good as this! I’ve also never seen anything beyond the standard vanilla sponge cake, so I’m loving the creative twist you’ve put on them 🙂

  • Reply Sarah | Drool-Worthy October 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    THESE. Oh my. They’re beautiful AND they look delicious!

  • Reply fareseason October 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oooo I have never had Lamingtons. Looks divine!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean October 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Very, very nice Thalia! I’ve not heard of lamingtons, but they remind me of petit fours with the precise cutting and dipping in chocolate. The infusion of raspberry, chocolate and that sponge… I agree! Pure comfort! Beautiful work, Thalia!

  • Reply Christine | No Gojis No Glory October 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Ok…I thought I was the only one that liked gloomy days. Every time I mention it, people look at me like a total weirdo. I call it cuddle weather. lol But these lamingtons look absolutely amazing…dark chocolate is one thing I would never willingly give up, and love finding new ways to try it. Thanks for the incredible recipe!

  • Reply John@Kitchen Riffs October 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Amazing photos, terrific recipe. Truly good post — thanks so much.

  • Reply Cheryl October 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Yum! These are so unexpected – they almost look like the little date and coconut rolls I adore from Whole Foods, but they’re so so elegant with the caffe infusion and raspberry.. mmmm. I’ve never heard of lamingtons but seems I must give them a try! I totally get what you love about simplistic cooking. So wholesome, right?

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance October 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I love a good overcast day too! They are so rare in Southern California, they are a treat. I have never heard of lamingtons, but they look incredible and the way that you describe them make my mouth water!

  • Reply Shashi @ runninsrilankan October 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh wow – these look so amazing – I have seen and read about lamingtons but never eaten one!

  • Reply Amy | Club Narwhal October 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thalia, I totally hear you on overcast days! They make me want to cuddle up with a good book and a cookie (or these lovely lamingtons). These are absolutely gorgeous and I want to make them right away 🙂

  • Reply Susie Gall October 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love this post and your photos are amazing. Another terrific job. I have never had Lamingtons, but these look like a great recipe to try.

  • Reply Lina | StrictlyDelicious October 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, Thalia, these are beautiful! I’ve seen these at my local Proper Pie Co, but always wondered what they were! Yours are much more stunning! I love how elegant and decadent simplicity can be.

  • Reply Becca from ItsYummi.com October 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thalia, these lamingtons look AMAZING! I made a mocha sponge cake for the final exam of my cakes class in culinary school, and yours is putting mine to shame. LOVE and Pinned!

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes October 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    These lamingtons look so dreamy and heavenly, Thalia.

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure October 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    These looks awesome.. look very similar to a recipe my mom used to make for holiday tables.. but the recipes are a bit different.. I am sure yours taste as good or even better:)

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert October 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Your creations are always amazing. These lamingtons look crazy good! Perfect for baking on a cool fall day. Pinned!

  • Reply Nora @ SaVory nothinGS October 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Looks delicious Thalia! Pinned!

  • Reply Josefine October 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    How wonderful finally to hear from someone who also likes overcast days 😀 I absolutely love them – and the light is always so great for photography on those days.
    These cakes look lovely. I love the combination of berries and chocolate 🙂

  • Reply Nicola Miller Editor of Mumsnet Suffolk & Norfolk October 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    These are a LOT more grown up than the usual Lamington recipe. Thank you. I like old school baking- it is far more of a skill to get a classic right than some made up thing that nobody has heard of (or knows what it should taste like!).

  • Reply Sam October 8, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Too delicious and I love the photos

  • Reply Meghan October 8, 2014 at 6:58 am

    These are too precious! I, too, have succumbed to the comfort of traditional cooking. It only seems appropriate as the cold months settle in. I’ve never had a lamingtons, but this recipe is so simple and lovely, I might just have to try.

  • Reply Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen October 8, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I agree with you, rainy, grey days are like an invitation to hole up in the kitchen and bake!

  • Reply Juliana October 8, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Chocolate and raspberry…perfect combination…so pretty and elegant.
    Thanks for the recipe Thalia…enjoy your week 😀

  • Reply Caroline @ Shrinking Single October 8, 2014 at 3:09 am

    What a wonderful take one of my favourite cakes. I have fond memories of getting covered in coconut making lamingtons for a brownie fundraiser.

  • Reply ami@naivecookcooks October 8, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Your photography is gorgeous girl!! Makes my mouth water!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef October 8, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Wow! These are GORGEOUS! And I bet they taste even better than they look! I’ll definitely be giving these a try!

  • Reply Kathleen Siegle October 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I love lamingtons! My mother is Australian and she used to make them all the time 🙂

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways October 8, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Comforting, indeed. Mmmm…I love the texture of this baked goodie!

    Gourmet Getaways

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