It was Mother’s Day and I was more than happy that my boys called and texted me. I was lamenting the whole day whether they would remember me in the midst of their exams and other assignments, but my little gentlemen did. Thank you sweethearts if ever you read this. Personally I believe everyday ought to be celebrated as Mother’s Day. I can’t even describe in words the manner in which I multitask.
I was expecting one of my teenage buddies with his wife and kid to perhaps visit me as they were travelling via my state. He had called me the previous week saying that he is in town en route to another destination and on holiday with the family, he would try to visit me on his return. I thought it was so perfectly timed with the challenge we had with the Bake Along group that I am a part of. I thought I would surprise his daughter with two of my bakes.
Well guess what he didn’t turn up as they had overslept at the hotel they were put up and it was almost time for them to pack their bags and catch their flight back home. In fact I had packed a few for him to take back to Kerala as well. But that’s Ok, these things happen. So buddy if you are reading this, I perfectly understand and am so happy that you were able to bond with your family. I loved most of the pictures you shared and I thought it was documented quite well. So much for technology! There’ll always be a next time…
I am not lamenting about his not visiting me, somehow I feel good when others partake in the food I make or bake. To make me feel good, the husband downed a few already and told me that it was like having one of those beautiful bakes abroad. That actually brought a huge smile and a laugh from me as I saw him hog one after the other. Although he wanted only the plain ones, the moment he tasted the chocolate coated ones rolled in coconut he couldn’t resist having more.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Line and Butter a 9“square pan
to bake the lamingtons in. Beat half a cup of unsalted butter which is
at room temperature in a bowl such that there are no lumps formed. To
this add a cup of sugar and beat it on a medium high speed till it is
nice, creamy, pale and fluffy. Two eggs are to be incorporated to this
creamy mixture beating each egg well after each addition. A tsp. of
vanilla essence is also added.
Place the square cake on a cooling rack and allow it to cool. Once cooled, cling wrap the cake tightly and place it in the fridge as this helps to avoid crumbs while slicing the cake.
After it is taken out from the fridge one will notice how easy it is to slice through without any unwanted crumbs. Cut it to the desired number of pieces and start preparing the frosting if you wish to coat the bake with one, If you do not, then leave it like how I did a few as my husband was not too fond of the chocolate frosting and the excess icing sugar over this simple and soft bake.
I must admit that I did take a bit of the batter and added a tinge of pink food colour and poured it over the plain batter and with the help of a toothpick gave it a marble effect by running the toothpick in a zigzag manner over the plain batter. You can leave it plain. I had sliced them and placed them back on the rack.
For the Frosting three tablespoons of unsalted butter was melted and to it I whisked in 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, four cups of Icing sugar and ½ a cup of milk. Pour this frosting over the sliced pieces that are placed on the cooling rack under which you have placed a butter paper or newspapers as the frosting will drip over the pieces. This is the messy part. Ensure that all the six faces of your cubical lamington are coated well with the frosting.
Once the frosting is done roll each lamington in desiccated coconut once again ensuring that all the sides are dusted well with the desiccated coconut. This also adds to the mess but the final outcome is pure awesomeness! Biting through this dessert makes all the effort worthwhile!