Yesterday, I drove out to Carina in the rain with the sole purpose of buying a lamington from The Flour Monkey Bakery. A little bakery with loads of character, The Flour Monkey was bustling when I stepped inside from the drizzle. The service was friendly and efficient despite the bustle and I was back out in the rain with my lamington in no time at all. The Flour Monkey is everything a local bakery should be, my only complaint is that it is not in my neighbourhood.
I was a solo lamington eater this weekend, which was a little lonely. On the way home from the Flour Monkey I had given my lamington a little sqeeze and finding that it was soft and springy, felt a little sad that there would be no other lamington lovers to share in the joy of a well-made lamington.
Stuck in traffic on the way home, I was very, very tempted to eat this lamington in the car. I mustered all my self-control, however, so that I could take a few pictures before it was reduced to a sprinkling of leftover coconut. Cutting the Flour Monkey lamington in half gave me even greater hope that this would be a delicious lamington. The sponge was the perfect colour and the icing was still moist. It was probably fortunate that I was not eating with company because I devoured this lamington in under a minute. And it was fantastic. With the rain thundering against the roof, I felt really happy and contented with my lamington (however briefly) and a cup of ginger tea.
The Flour Monkey’s lamington had just one shortcoming and that was that the thickness of the icing was not uniform. One side had the optimum amount of icing and was just divine, but the other side of the lamington was a little scant on icing. If both halves had been coated as beautifully as the left half, this lamington would have been nigh on perfect. That said, this was one of the best lamingtons I have eaten in the last few months, and I’ll certainly be picking up some more lamingtons from The Flour Monkey when our judging panel is convened again. No monkey business here, these guys definitely know how to make a lamington.
The Verdict: 8.6
The Flour Monkey BakeryCarina | 889 Old Cleveland Rd, Carina