In London, lamingtons are helping Aussie expats feel at home and feeding health workers on the front line as well.
Since launching in London in April, Radio Lamington have not only raised the international profile of the iced sponge squares, but helped keep spirits up among the city’s NHS frontliners by donating a box for every one sold.
“Over the first lockdown we have sent more than 30,000 lamingtons and sweet treats to the NHS,” they posted on Facebook.
“Since then we’ve continued to bake and deliver huge batches of lamingtons every Friday to the NHS who are missing home or just need a good treat.”
Their assorted lamingtons come in rainbow, pecan pie, tiramisu, lemon yuzu, and even a Golden Gaytime-inspired flavour with a vanilla sponge, toffee filling and malt biscuit crumb for the ultimate Aussie nostalgia.
Radio Lamington was founded by Prue Freeman, the Australian co-founder of London’s Daisy Green restaurant group. Freeman grew up on a sheep farm outside Ballarat, moved to London in 2010 to work in finance with the intention of starting her own business. Freeman and her husband Tom Onions now have 12 Australian-inspired cafes and restaurants across central London.
London is now re-entering tough COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and they intend to keep the lamingtons coming, with Freeman telling The Guardian they wanted to do something lighthearted for the people working hard throughout the pandemic.
“Out of everything we make, lamingtons are the most labour intensive,” she said.
“They definitely aren’t the quickest things to make, but they’re worth it.”