Lamingtons for Australia Day | Gluten Free

Lamingtons are an iconic Australian treat, and you are going to love my gluten free lamingtons. They are just like the treat you remember: a soft, vanilla sponge with a sweet and simple dark chocolate glaze and a coating of powdery coconut. It’s time to celebrate Australia Day with the sweetest of treats!

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life |

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | www.thoroughlynourishedlife.comLamingtons are an essential part of any Australia Day celebration. These little squares of vanilla cake coated in chocolate glaze and dunked in coconut might appear strange to visitors to our shores, but since 1896 they have been beloved by Australians, and as iconic on our dessert tables as Pavlova, custard slice and Peach Melba. Now, I present my gluten free lamingtons to you so that all your Australia Day guests can enjoy a true blue Australian treat.

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | www.thoroughlynourishedlife.comAustralia Day is a time for us to celebrate our history as a nation, our heroes, and our villains. As is true of any country, there are parts of our history that we aren’t proud of and events that haunt us still, but to me Australia Day is a time to celebrate how far we have come in building our nation and the hope that lies in our better tomorrows. It’s also a day to gather round the barbecue with our families and friends, to play odd Australian bush games (two-up anyone?), make fun of our accents and strange words, call each other ridiculous Aussie nicknames, and just enjoy a public holiday in the beautiful summer weather.

The barbecue (that’s barbie in Australian) is the most common way to celebrate Australia Day along with sausages (Aussie: snags); steaks; salads (usually based on iceberg lettuce); and backyard cricket. When dessert time comes around the Pavlova (Aussie: Pav) is usually the centrepiece of the table; crowned with a thick draping of whipped cream and slices of kiwi fruit and strawberries it is a looker, but if you look off to the side there is always, always a packet of lamingtons – and they go fast!

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | www.thoroughlynourishedlife.comMy homemade lamingtons take a basic gluten free vanilla cake recipe, dunk it in a thick chocolate glaze, and sprinkle it with desiccated coconut. These are the perfect treat to make with kids. Just prepare yourself for a messy kitchen, messy kids – and a delicious homemade treat! The most important thing about these lamingtons is to keep the cake in the fridge until you are ready to slice, glaze, and dunk them. This gluten free cake recipe is not crumbly, but it helps to make the cake a little hardier before it gets handled in this way (I would do this with non-gluten free lamingtons too).

They look a little strange when you first make them, but once you bite into the soft spongy, vanilla scented cake and get a lick of deep chocolate glaze with the tiniest hint of coconut you will understand the lamington’s allure. They are just the treat for long, hot summer nights; workplace morning teas; or for sneaking out of the fridge for a midnight snack. It is an Aussie truth that only the sneakiest gets the last lamington of the night – so be quick!

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life |

Gluten Free Lamingtons

Makes 16 lamingtons | Gluten Free | Leftovers will keep in airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Note: if you want to dress these up you can try serving them with whipped cream and berries.


For the lamingtons

  • 80 grams butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 55 grams white rice flour
  • 55 grams brown rice flour
  • 55 grams buckwheat flour
  • 55 grams almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds

For the frosting

  • 4 cups gluten free icing sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and grease a 9-inch square pan with butter. Line the bottom with baking paper and set aside until needed.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together white rice flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, almond meal, baking powder, and salt. In a small jug mix together milk, vanilla extract, and chia seeds.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy. This will take about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and beat well to incorporate. Scrape down the sides and bottom between additions.
  5. Switch mixing speed to low and add flour mixture to the bowl. Beat until just combined.
  6. Add milk mixture and beat on low until well incorporated.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove cake from the pan and cool completely before decorating with frosting.
  8. Once lamingtons are cooled trim the sides of the cake so that they are even and then cut the cake into 16 equal squares. Transfer the cake squares to the freezer for two hours.
  9. Once the lamingtons are chilled you can decorate them. Combine icing sugar, cocoa powder, and water and beat until thoroughly mixed. Measure coconut into a large bowl.
  10. Using two forks dip one piece of cake into the frosting so all sides are covered. Shake off the excess. Place in coconut and toss until sides are covered completely.
  11. Place on a lined baking tray. Repeat until all cake squares are covered.
  12. Stand for an hour or until set. Store in fridge. Stand at room temperature for half an hour before serving.

Australia Day Lamingtons | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life |

Happy Australia Day dear readers! What are your plans for the holiday long weekend? We are hosting a board games night and eating lamingtons and ice cream!

15 thoughts on “Lamingtons for Australia Day | Gluten Free

  1. i saw this picture on FB and HAD to jump over…only to discover that 1) clearly i was born in the wrong country, why can’t these babies be iconic over here?!?! win goes to the Aussies. 🙂 2) how am i so lame i’ve never even heard of Lamingtons?!
    Happy Australia Day my Dear and once again i wish i had strong arms and a rowboat to come eat these…err, visit you. 😉 xoxo

    • I might need to send a speedboat to get you!
      Lamingtons are definitely an only Aussie thing. Not too fancy but they do hold a special place in my heart 🙂
      Just like you Miss Cait!

  2. Love me some lammos! They look beautiful Amy (also good tip with putting the cake in the fridge first, I’ve made a few lamingtons previously which fell apart a bit).

  3. I truly do have a weakness for Lamingtons. I know I say that about all chocolate covered things, but Lamingtons are special. Yours look amazing… and mouth watering. And perfect for Australia Day celebrations.

    I’ll be swimming, cooking and having a class of bubbles with my family and friends. Happy Aus Day to you and yours Amy.

    • Thanks Jennifer. I was happy that (recipe critic) Dad enjoyed them too. Apparently Mum only got one…
      Happy Australia Day to your family too! I’m hoping this rain lets up here in Brisbane. Otherwise I am just as happy to potter in my kitchen on a gloriously lazy public holiday Monday.

  4. Ok, I just learned SO MUCH. I checked out your list of Aussie terms, and some of them were so funny, and my favorite was “crack a fat,” HAHAHAHA! Caught me off-guard, and totally made me laugh out loud! And then I got a little history lesson– love it! I had no idea you all had such a day 🙂
    Anyway, these sound so good and like something I need to make in the FAF kitchen! I do love me some coconut… I actually threw some in a recipe I may or may not be sharing tomorrow (depends how focused I can get in the next couple hours, haha). I love this iconic dessert business. Happy Australia Day!

    • There are some, ahem, ‘interesting’ Aussie slang words for sure…
      Australia Day is kinda like the Fourth of July I suppose? I can’t wait to see your coconut featuring recipe! One of my favourite flavours too, and Chris isn’t a fan so I get all the coconut things, all to myself. Hehehe. Happy Friday!

    • Thank you! They were lovely and my Dad was a huge fan (one of my most lovingly constructive critics) – definitely going to have to make them again soon!

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  6. I love lamingtons and up until a year ago had never heard of them (not being Australian). You have inspired me to make them again – they look soooo yum!

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