Easy Lamington Cupcakes | Recipe

Lamington Cupcakes

This is a very simple take on one of Australia’s favourite treats, the lamington.  Perfect for morning tea, picnics or an after school treat, these are super easy to make with kids and a lot less messy than making lamingtons from scratch!  Plus unlike lamingtons you won’t need to start the recipe the day before.

Traditionally made with a vanilla cake base, you can choose a different flavour if you prefer, such as chocolate. If you don’t have time to make the cupcakes from scratch you can pick up a cupcake packet mix from you local supermarket.

You will need a muffin/cupcake tray, patty pans, bowl and electric mixer. Recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

Vanilla Cupcakes


125g unsalted butter (room temperature)
2/3 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1t vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour (sifted)
1/4 cup milk


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (or 160° fan-forced)
  • Line tray 12 with patty pans
  • Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and using an electric mixer beat until pale and creamy
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one
  • Add half the flour and half the milk and continue mixing, repeat with remaining flour and milk
  • Spoon the mixture into the patty cases approx 3/4 full
  • Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (until cooked and golden-brown)
  • Remove tray from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack
  • Allow to cool completely before icing


1 cup icing sugar
1T cocoa powder
1/4 cup desiccated coconut

Simply combine the icing sugar and cocoa in a bowl and combine, gradually adding water until the mixture is smooth and spreadable.  Ice the cupcakes and immediately sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

(little Australia flags were purchased from Coles supermarket)


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