Lazy Lamingtons, Mini Pavlovas, Billy Tea, Damper Bread, and Chicken n’ Beef on the Barbie were all part of Australia Day at summer camp last week. Each week my friend Sheila of Alice and the Mock Turtle plans a Friday Feast for the campers at school and had asked if I would cook the meal for the little natives last Friday. I am not familiar with Aussie foods but a few- their desserts- Lamingtons and Pavlovas. Sheila had given me a menu but said I could be creative too. Oh boy a creative license- look out!
Lamingtons are little sponge cakes dipped in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. They have been quite popular on the net lately. I took the lazy way out-children would not appreciate such work- and used my Cream Cheese Sheet Cake as the base, a nice chocolate glaze, and grated white chocolate in place of the coconut because of nut allergies at the school. The little cakes were beautiful. And delicious. Our little bush people agreed.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, cheese, and sugar for 3 minutes on high speed. Add vanilla then one egg at a time mixing well after each egg. Add flour and mix well. Pour batter into a greased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Cool and glaze with the following glaze.
12 T. butter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
grated white chocolate or dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
In a microwave proof bowl, melt butter in the microwave on high for 30-45 seconds. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth and melted through. Pour over cake and spread evenly. Let set. Sprinkle generously with chocolate or coconut.
Later this week I will share about those Mini Pavlovas and the rest of the meal.