National Lamington Day
National Trust of Australia (Queensland) in September 2016
"Those bloody, poofy, woolly biscuits" are celebrated today. You know, lamingtons. That's what Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896–1901, supposedly called these Australian cakes, and they were given his name. Lamingtons are butter or sponge cakes that are coated with or dipped in chocolate and then covered with fine desiccated coconut. Other coatings or toppings can also be used, like salted caramel, peanut butter, or strawberry. Lamingtons may have a layer of filling, like cream or jam, and are sometimes topped with whipped cream.
Lamingtons were invented in Queensland, Australia, around the turn of the twentieth century. According to one account, Lord Lamington's chef, Galland, created them for visitors to the Queensland Government House in Brisbane. Another account says they were accidentally created by one of Lamington's maid-servants, when she dropped his favorite sponge cake into melted chocolate, and that Lamington was the one who suggested coconut be added so that they wouldn't be as messy to eat. The timeline adds up, as a recipe for them was published in Queensland Country Life newspaper in 1900. No matter how they were created, lamingtons are celebrated today, not only in Australia but around the world.
How to Observe National Lamington Day
Celebrate by eating some lamingtons! Make your own or pick some up at a bakery. The Old Government House has even been known to celebrate the day and you could check to see if they are doing so this year!