Coconut: good. Chocolate: good. Chocolate-rolled, coconut-covered sponge cake: great.

The exact origins are under debate but the cake is named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Qld 100 years ago.

Who doesn’t love a good lamington? Whether it’s creamed and jammed shut or left plain and simple, the lamington is a national treasure. And, like the Queen’s Birthday, ANZAC Day and Christmas, it even has a day to prove it: July 21 is National Lamington Day, when the country stops (okay, should stop) to savour the long history of this tasty treat.

The exact origins are under debate but the cake is named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Qld 100 years ago. Who knows how the cake came about: was it the clumsy kitchen hand that dropped sponge cake in chocolate; a French chef being innovative; or some clever cookie wanting to immortalise the Governor’s opening of Ipswich Technical College?

Ipswich and Toowoomba routinely wrangle over who is officially home to the humble sweet but in the meantime bakeries around the country have made it their own. Now you’ll find lamingtons in all forms – cakes, rolls and cupcakes. AT says: the more the merrier.

Where: All respectable bakeries in Australia, and anywhere in dire need of a good old fashioned Aussie Lamington Drive.

Did you know: On Lamington Day in Ipswich in 2009, bakery owner Martin Cridland created what is possibly the world’s largest lamington, weighing in at 1.3 tonnes.

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