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National Lamington Day

Calling all dessert lovers! Don't miss out on National Lamington Day - indulge in these delicious chocolate and coconut treats before they're gone.
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Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth on July 21 with National Lamington Day! This delectable holiday celebrates the iconic Australian dessert made of a sponge cake coated in chocolate and coconut. Legend has it that the lamington was accidentally created when Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, dropped a piece of sponge cake into chocolate and then rolled it in coconut to save his guests from sticky fingers. However, no matter its origin story, one thing is for sure – lamingtons are delicious and deserve a day of celebration! So grab a plate and indulge in this tasty treat on National Lamington Day.

History of National Lamington Day

National Lamington Day Dates

National Lamington Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lamington Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the late 19th century, lamingtons were supposedly created in the kitchen of Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1924</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Recipe Publication</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known recipe for lamingtons appeared in a cookbook penned by Emily Clerke, marking the spreading popularity of the dessert in Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Dessert Status</div><div class='timeline-text'>By mid-20th century, lamingtons became an iconic national dessert, embedded in various Australian cultural traditions and gatherings.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Record-Giant Lamington</div><div class='timeline-text'>A world record was set for the largest lamington ever baked, weighing 2.36 tonnes, at Ipswich showgrounds in Queensland.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div the='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Lamington Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Lamington Day was celebrated, encouraging people to enjoy this sweet treat and commemorate its contribution to Australian history.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Lamington Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake your own lamingtons</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get into the spirit of National Lamington Day by baking your own delicious lamingtons at home. You can try out different flavors and toppings to make them even more special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a lamington tasting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family and have a fun lamington tasting party. Everyone can bring their own version of this tasty treat and you can vote for the best one!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a lamington hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Explore your city or town and try out different cafes and bakeries to find the best lamingtons in town. It'll be a fun adventure and you might discover a new favorite spot.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a lamington decorating party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over and have a lamington decorating party! Provide different toppings, frosting, and decorations for everyone to get creative with their lamingtons.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate lamingtons to a charity or soup kitchen</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread the love on National Lamington Day by donating some of your homemade or store-bought lamingtons to a local charity or soup kitchen. It's a delicious way to give back to your community.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Lamington Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a traditional Australian dessert</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Lamington Day celebrates a beloved dessert that has been enjoyed by Australians for over a century. It's a day to honor this iconic and delicious treat that has become a part of Australian culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's the perfect combination of flavors and textures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the fluffy sponge cake to the sweet jam filling and the indulgent chocolate coating, each bite of a lamington is like heaven in your mouth. The softness of the cake complements the richness of the chocolate, making it a crowd favorite.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It can be enjoyed in so many ways</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>While traditionally made with vanilla sponge cake and raspberry jam, there are endless variations of lamingtons to try. From different fillings like cream or lemon curd, to coated with coconut flakes instead of chocolate, there is a lamington out there for every taste preference.</p></div></div>

5 Delicious Revelations for National Lamington Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lamingtons Have a Day Dedicated in Their Honor</h3><p class='facts-text'>Aside from National Lamington Day on July 21, Australians also celebrate World Lamington Day on October 31, confirming the popularity of this dessert worldwide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Largest Lamington Weighed Over 2,000 Kilograms</h3><p class='facts-text'>In 2011, the world's largest lamington was created in Ipswich, Queensland, and it weighed an impressive 2.36 tonnes. That's a lot of sponge cake and chocolate!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lamingtons Transform Into "Lamingtons Cakes" for Special Occasions</h3><p class='facts-text'>For weddings, birthdays or other special events, lamingtons often evolve into large "lamington cakes". These consist of two layers of sponge cake filled with cream or jam, covered with chocolate icing and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lamingtons were Named after Lord Lamington</h3><p class='facts-text'>Though Lord Lamington himself reportedly referred to the treats as "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits", the lamingtons are indeed named after him in recognition of his service as the Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lamington Drives are a Popular Fundraising Event in Australia</h3><p class='facts-text'>"Lamington drives", where boxes of lamingtons are sold to raise money, have become a common fundraising event for schools, sports teams, and other community organizations across Australia, further cementing the lamington's place in Australian cultural identity.</p></div></div>

National Lamington Day FAQs

When is National Lamington Day?

National Lamington Day is celebrated on July 21 every year. In 2024 National Lamington Day will occur on a Sunday.

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