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Strawberry Lamingtons. a.k.a. Strawberry Coconut Cake Squares

Strawberry Lamingtons, a.k.a. Strawberry Coconut Cake Squares, moist cubes of homemade vanilla cake get soaked in a combination of strawberry jello and jam and then rolled in coconut. An easy, pretty and very tasty treat that kids will love. 

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Strawberry Lamingtons

Originally published Nov 2013.

After the success of our Chocolate Lamingtons last week, many local fans mentioned this variation of the poplar treat from back in the 70’s. Almost every birthday party I attended as a kid would have had some version of this square served among the other treats.

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Strawberry Lamingtons

A bit of nostalgia is always welcome at the Holidays, so why not add these to your baking list and have them in the freezer for when you need to pull a few out fast; they freeze well and defrost quickly too. Try them in Raspberry too if you prefer.

Desiccated coconut in white ceramic bowl.

Fine cut dried (desiccated) unsweetened coconut is the type to use in this recipe.

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Lamingtons. An aunsralian favourite with chocolate and coconut surrounding homemade white cake.

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Yield: 2 dozen lamingtons

Strawberry Lamingtons

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Strawberry Lamingtons - a.k.a. Strawberry Coconut Cake Squares - moist cubes of homemade vanilla cake get soaked in a combination of strawberry jello and jam and then rolled in coconut. An easy, pretty and very tasty treat that kids will love.


  • 1¼ cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sifted cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons good quality vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • Approximately 4 cups dried shredded coconut


  • 2 small packages Strawberry Jello
  • 1½ cups water, (3/4 cup boiling plus ¾ cup cold)
  • 1 cup strawberry jam


  1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together both flours, baking soda. baking powder, salt and sugar, Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the vegetable oil, shortening and vanilla. Beat well at high speed with whisk attachment until light and fluffy
  4. Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.
  6. I always add dry ingredients in three divisions and liquid ingredients in 2 divisions. It is very important to begin and end the additions with the dry ingredients. Do not over mix the batter. As soon as it has no lumps in the batter, pour into the prepared 9x13 inch pan.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan.
  8. Wrap the pan in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until the cake is completely frozen.
  9. When frozen, lift the cake out of the pan using the parchment paper as an aid and cut it into 24 squares. Return to the freezer until ready to dip in the strawberry syrup and coconut.


  1. Dissolve the 2 packages of Jello in the boiling water.
  2. Whisk in the jam and cold water. Chill this to the point that it thickens slightly but not beginning to set.
  3. Working quickly, dip the frozen cake cubes into the syrup one at a time. Let them soak for a few seconds.
  4. Quickly roll the soaked cake into the coconut and place on a parchment lined baking sheet to dry.
  5. Store in airtight plastic containers in the fridge. If you are freezing the dessert squares put them back into the freezer right away.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 square

Amount Per Serving Calories 311Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 25mgSodium 237mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 27gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Monday 17th of February 2020

You have the best recipe site. Whenever I need a recipe I always go to your site. These recipes from home can't be beat and I make many of them especially the dessert and square recipes.the only change I make is in the amount of sugar. I always decrease the sugar amount by one half or more depending on the amount the recipe calls for but it still turns out good and better yet being diabetic I can have a little so THANK YOU for the best Newfoundland recipes.


Thursday 22nd of March 2018

enjoy your recipes have some of your cook books, my grandmother and mother in law made those lamingtons but we didn't know what they were called thank you so much


Spud McLaren

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Excellent stuff - not as hard as some people might think.

Make 'em in dariole moulds, stick a glacé cherry on top - English Madeleines!

Lorraine McDonald

Sunday 11th of September 2016

I made these years ago,didn't know they had a name. Great for picnics and parties.

Mabel Foran

Thursday 19th of May 2016

Is it necessary to use the 1/3 cup of vegetable shortening?

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