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Celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington Trifle

“Happy Australia Day to my fellow Australians, and everyone else around the globe! Even though I’m half Malaysian, and half Swiss, I’m still pretty darn Australian. I spent my first birthday in the Flinders Ranges. I’ve driven up to Darwin, Cairns and all different parts of Australia with my parents in a 4WD. I enjoy...”

Recipes | January 25, 2010
Celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington Trifle

Celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington Trifle

Happy Australia Day to my fellow Australians, and everyone else around the globe!

Even though I’m half Malaysian, and half Swiss, I’m still pretty darn Australian.
I spent my first birthday in the Flinders Ranges. I’ve driven up to Darwin, Cairns and all different parts of Australia with my parents in a 4WD. I enjoy a nice cold beer. I like pavalova and a good old sausage sizzle. I wear thongs… but I don’t do Vegemite. In fact, I’d rather lick the road than eat Vegemite.

I do love the humble lamington; sponge cake, smothered in chocolate, then rolled in coconut. If you are lucky you can get some that are wedged together with jam.
This recipe caught my eye in the latest issue of Delicious magazine. It wasn’t until the day before Australia Day that I realised I should do an post about something Australian. I didn’t really have time to do the version that was in the magazine, as I was busy making a birthday cake for Hamsley; so I did a cheat’s version of it. By cheating, I bought King Island decadent chocolate mousse, instead of making the already ‘quick chocolate mousse’.

The mint makes the whole thing very refreshing. I made one especially without mint for Dad, as he is not a fan of mint; and he gobbled the whole thing up, no complaints.

And with chocolate (mousse), upon chocolate (lamington)… what’s there not to like about this? Thanks to Coles having a ‘buy one, get one free’ when buying lamingtons, I think I’ll be enjoying this a few times!


Lamington Trifle

Georgina Kaveney

2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
2 x 120g punnets raspberries
6 lamington fingers, cut into 2cm cubes
Toasted flaked almonds to, serve

Serve it with: Quick Chocolate Mousse:

1 cup (250g) mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup (125ml) thickened cream
1/4 cup (25g) good quality cocoa-powder, sifted
1/4 cup (35g) icing sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)

1. For the mousse, stir all the ingredients in a bowl with a pinch of salt until smooth.

2. Gently crush sugar, mint and berries with a fork. Divide the lamington pieces among 4 glasses, then top with berry mixture, mousse and almonds.

Serves 4.

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Celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington Trifle

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21 comments on “Celebrate Australia Day with a Lamington Trifle
  1. Trissa - January 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Looks perfect! I like how you decided to celebrate Australia's lamington!

  2. Katie - January 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    happy 'straya day to you too!

  3. billy@atablefortwo - January 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    yummo! im so inspired by all these desserts using lamington today. Im so going to make my own lamington tiramisu tonight ready for tomorrow's BBQ! πŸ˜›

  4. Kiranjeet - January 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    YUMMMMM Looks amazing Shelly. What a splendid way to celebrate Australia day. A truly authentic Aussie dessert topped of with a universally loved serve of moussed chocolate. AWESOME – sigh though at the wheat. xxxx

  5. diva - January 26, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous! :) Would definitely be tucking into a Lamington trifle if I was in Australia :) Happy Australia Day. x

  6. Armers - January 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Looks good! πŸ˜€ Nom nom nom! Aussie… Aussie… Aussie…!

  7. Jeanne - January 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Happy Aussie Day Shellie, and what a yummy way to Celebrate, I have never tasted Lamington Trifle but it sure sounds and looks very moreish!! 'Good on ya Mate' This Cook-up of Shellie's sure looks Great!!
    Hugs xox :-)

  8. mademoiselle dΓ©licieuse - January 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I grew up here and don't like Vegemite either – glad I'm not the only one! Hope you're enjoying the day off =)

  9. penny aka jeroxie - January 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Happy Aussie Day!
    I didn't grow up here but I love Vegemite though. I guess it is kind of the same with Marmite and Bovil which I grew up with.

  10. BuBbles - January 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Yum, the trifle looks scrumptious!

  11. Iron Chef Shellie - January 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Trissa – Thank you! So do I πŸ˜‰

    Hi Katie – Thanks lovely lady!

    Hi Billy – oooo sounds delicious. I'm sure you will outdo yourself as per usual πŸ˜‰

    Hi Kiranjeet – Thanks lovely =) I must find you a wheat free lamington!

    Hi Diva – Thanks! I'll have one for you πŸ˜‰

    Hi Armers – Thanks mate =) Hope you had a good Australia Day!

    Hi Jeanne – Thanks! It sure was =) Shall make it for you one day =)

    Hi Mademoiselle Delicieuse – I'm glad I'm not the only one!! A day off is always good =)

    Hi Penny – Happy Aussie Day to you too!

    Hi BuBles – Thanks, sure was =)

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Looks great! I did something similar with a lamington tiramisu :)

  13. Agnes - January 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Happy Australia Day! A lamington trifle is a pretty genius idea. :)

  14. Cakelaw - January 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Yummo! Hope you had a lovely time on Australia Day.

  15. Iron Chef Shellie - January 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Hi Lorraine – Thanks! I know, I loved what you did with the lamington!

    Hi Agnes – Thanks, and you too!

    Hi Cakelaw – Sure did, thank you! =)

  16. Esz - January 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Mmm looks so simple and yummy. I might try these soon πŸ˜€

  17. foodwink - January 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    The triffles look great! Love the little flag for an extra touch of Australiana :) Re Vegimite, I can't stand it as well. It's … uhm, too salty!

  18. MaryMoh - January 28, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Love it! I can even go for this the moment I get up from bed in the morning.

  19. Conor @ HoldtheBeef - January 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Happy belated Australia Day! I'm loving this trifle, which is just as well because I'm terribly disappointed in your lack of love for Vegemite. Bonus points for the flag too πŸ˜€

  20. bake in paris - January 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Happy Aussie Day!

    Lamington topped with chocolate mousse and almond flakes is simply irresistable….

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  21. Iron Chef Shellie - January 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Esz – Thanks! Please do =)

    Hi Foodwink – Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that about Vegemite!

    Hi MaryMoh – Lol, Me too!

    Hi Conor – Thanks dude! I'm sorry =( *bows head in shame*

    Hi Bake In Paris – Sure was πŸ˜‰ Sawadee kah!

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