A breakfast lamington

I bought this week’s lamington at Gerbino’s in Kelvin Grove. This lamington looked really promising, it’s non-uniform shape conjured up images of an old nanna in her country kitchen whipping up an afternoon tea of lamingtons.

This lamington looked so good I ate it for breakfast as soon as I arrived home. It felt soft and light and looked just like a good lamington should – a little bit wonky and imperfect! I’m not sure if lamingtons meet the nutritional requirements of what is considered a healthy breakfast, but given that one of the hallmarks of a good blog is apparently regularity, I need to fit lamingtons into my diet somewhere.

The standout feature of this lamington was the chocolate icing, it was moist, thick and rolled in just the right amount of coconut. The icing was so wonderfully thick, it was as though this sponge had been twice dipped in delicious, sticky chocolate. The drawback was the sponge which was just the slightest bit dry. Of course, I am a little picky, but one has to be when in search of the perfect lamington!

This lamington was really really good, but the slightly dry sponge meant it fell just short of excellent.

*I actually ate this lamington for breakfast on Saturday, because Gerbino’s Kelvin Grove store is not open on Sundays.

The verdict: 7.9

Gerbino’s Pasticceria | Shop 10A, 57 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove



Just another Lamington Sunday

I grabbed this little lamington at Kelvin Lee Hot Bread on Musk St as I was leaving the Kelvin Grove market. When I laid eyes on the cake display, I had high hopes. Each lamington had been individually cling-wrapped to keep it fresh. It was perhaps not a sign of environmental friendliness, but I felt sure it was a sign that they took their lamingtons seriously. In the afternoon, I sat down to unpack my woolly biscuit alongside a cup of tea. It felt nice and light, and some extra coconut had been packed into the cling-wrap to ensure no chocolate went uncovered. I began to wonder if this Vietnamese hot bread lamington was going to be the dark horse to draw ahead in our lamington race. I like to cut my lamingtons in half before I taste them in order to get a good idea of what I am dealing with. And so I cut my Kelvin Lee lamington in two, revealing (to my horror) that the sponge cake had been singed in the oven. One side of the lamington was dark brown and tasted a little burnt. This was a shame because the icing was wonderfully moist and the un-burnt sponge was tasty. I’m sorry Kelvin Lee hot bread, but you should have cut off that burnt edge. I’ll be back to give you a second chance in the future, and maybe try one of those yummy-looking Vietnamese rolls.

My verdict: 5.3

I gave our novice taster a chunk of the Kelvin Lee lamington to eat (from the good side) and he contributed the following:

Brittle, non-descript and although a promise and hint of fluffiness to the touch it did not deliver once in the mouth. Coconut exterior was good, but the added coconut padding on top a tad too much of a good thing.

Novice Rating: 5.7

Overall: 5.5  😦

Kelvin Lee Hot Bread | 48 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove

$2.90 each

The First Lamington Sunday

This Sunday marked our first morning tea dedicated to the task of lamington tasting. What better place to begin our quest for Australia’s best than in the state which lays claim to the creation of the humble lamington. This morning, we sampled lamingtons from three different bakeries. The sources of our lamingtons were arbitrary; we simply bought lamingtons where we knew we could find them.

We judged each lamington according to a rigorous and meticulous methodology. Each lamington received a final score out of ten, taking into account texture, flavour, freshness, and appearance. We’re not quite the CWA, but we’re confident we know a good lamington when we meet one.

This Sunday we were three. Myself, The Traditionalist, I believe a lamington should only be chocolate, no cream, no jam, no funny business. Our second judge is also a lover of the lamington, but perhaps a fairer, less critical judge. She had something nice to say about every lamington – so we’ve labelled her The Diplomat. Our trio was rounded off by a European who was not even sure if he had even eaten a lamington before. He is, therefore, The Novice.

The Yeronga Bakery & Cafe Lamington – 6.7/10

This lamington featured a darker chocolate icing than we thought was usual. It felt light and soft to touch, so we felt hopeful. At $2.95 each, this is your run-of-the-mill lamington. We ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ over this  little lamington. In the end, we felt underwhelmed and uninspired. The sponge was a little dry and the icing was just not quite right. The chocolate had a bitter taste, almost a saltiness. For me, this lamington typified what the average Australian lamington has become – just a little, well, average.

The Diplomat: 7

The Traditionalist: 6

The Novice: 7

The Giant Lamington – Kelvin Grove Village Markets 8/10

This colossal treat comes covered in ganache and shredded coconut, with an extra layer of chocolate ganache spread through the middle for good measure. I admit I was wary of this one, the shredded coconut looked just a tad too trendy for me. Obviously more open-minded in her lamington approach than me, The Diplomat exclaimed, “Oooh, I like the shredded coconut.”  At $5.50, it’s good value for money and is really a lamington to be shared. The proof was in the eating, and this was an impressive lamington. The shredded coconut and ganache made it feel more substantial than your usual lamington. The sponge was a little heavy, but perhaps it needs to be to carry all that ganache.  The sponge cake was also quite yellow (perhaps indicating the addition of custard powder in the sponge mixture – we know what the CWA ladies would say about that). All in all though, this lamington went down well with a cup of tea. We decided it was deserving of our “Best New Age Lamington” title for innovation.

The Traditionalist: 7.5

The Diplomat: 8.5

The Novice: 8

The Davies Bakery Tarragindi Lamington 9.2/10

This lamington knocked my socks off! It was a beautifully conducted symphony of sponge, chocolate, and coconut. Have we found Australia’s best lamington on the first day of our lamington quest? We were all impressed by the delicate sponge encased within the chocolate and coconut. It was fresh, springy, delicate. Absolutely divine. “Ok, ok, now I see why you like lamingtons so much,” declared The Novice. At $3 each or 6 for $10, it’s worth getting the half dozen.

The Diplomat: 8.7

The Traditionalist: 9

The Novice: 10

Perhaps three varieties of lamington in one sitting was a tad too ambitious, shortly after my third lamington had been devoured my belt burst open in defeat. Next Sunday I’ll wear my stretchy pants.

The Lamingtons

Kelvin Grove Village MarketsBlamey St, Kelvin Grove, Every Saturday

Yeronga Bakery & Cafe429 Fairfield Road, Yeronga

Davies Bakery Tarragindi | 4/6 Gapap Street, Tarragindi