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National Lamington Day

July 21

National Lamington Day - July 21

National Lamington Day is celebrated every year on July 21st. This is an Australian event, but it has spread to almost the entire territory of the southern hemisphere. That’s why the lamington is called the most Australian cake. The holiday is dedicated to the popular dessert, which is made from a buttery texture biscuit and covered with chocolate. Top the treat with a sprinkle of shredded coconut or shredded, dry coconut. The treat is important to Australian culture, so an entire day is set aside to celebrate it.

The History

Statistically, lamingtons are the most popular delicacy in Australia and are enjoyed all year round, as well as cooked on special occasions like Australia Day. The Australians came up with other names for lammingtons – lammo and lammos. Gradually, the treat spread to New Zealand. According to the most plausible version, the dessert originated in Queensland. There are also several opinions regarding the names of the cake. Some believe that it is named after Lord Lamington, who ruled Quansland in the 19th century, while others believe that the dessert was named after his wife, Lady Lamington.

Interesting Facts

  • There are several legends about the origin of the cake, both associated with a cook who served in the household of Lord Lamington. The first tells about unexpected guests who needed to be treated with something. The chef used the leftover vanilla sponge cake and dipped it in chocolate and then coconut flakes. The second legend tells how the cake accidentally fell into chocolate, and for greater attractiveness, the chef used coconut flakes.
  • There are a huge number of lamington recipes in the world, most cakes are made with jam and cream, but the traditional way of cooking is a vanilla sponge cake covered with chocolate and coconut flakes.
  • The recipe never mentioned the author of the treat.

How to celebrate

On National Lamington Day, visit different cafes and try homemade lamingtons. If you like to cook, bake a dessert and invite your friends over. Fortunately, the cake recipe is simple and does not require special skills. Be sure to read more about Australian culture and the role of the lamington in it.

When is National Lamington Day celebrated in 2022?

National Lamington Day is observed on July 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday July 21 2022
Friday July 21 2023
Sunday July 21 2024
Monday July 21 2025
Tuesday July 21 2026


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