Well, it never fails to amaze me that you bake along. Honestly. Words fail.
I always think, 'It's just a silly game that I convince myself to play; nobody really likes it.' And yet you do, and all bust out the lamingtons like there's no tomorrow. I think I had the first entry this year before I'd even posted a Re-Invented Lamington myself. You are a dedicated bunch.
I will say that I was on the 'rather' side of devastated to discover that there was no Lady Gaga Lamington ('It doesn't matter if you love lam, or Capital L-A-M...'), but don't let it get you down as well, because we did get an Elvis Presley Lamington instead. But you'll have to wait for that one...
Do please read to the end of this post, since I need your input to help me select a winner. And be sure to check out the blogs of all those who entered - there're lots of great posts here.
With out further ado, the 2012 Lamington Hit Parade!
(Edit: I forgot this first one! So am sticking it up top so you get to see it!)
Rachel from Be Confectionate made some Cannoli Lamingtons. It's a pretty touching post; check it out. I had a look around her blog and she has some other rather snazzy lammies as well, so lovers of my inventions need to get over there pronto...
Bea made Meyer Lemon Lamingtons with white chocolate and toasted coconut. I've never had a Meyer Lemon, or a Key Lime. It strikes me that Americans can be quite selfish with their speciality citrus and refuse to export. I want these lamingtons. Now.
Check out these Lamington Whoopie Pies from the Zuckerbäckerei! They were posted on the Delicious Delicious Delicious Facebook Page (come join in!), and I nearly collapsed with excitement when I saw them.
Drink More Tea made three lots of lamingtons. The first were these gorgeous Iced-Vovo Lamingtons (how beautiful is this picture by the way? I ♥ this blog...). Never had an Iced-Vovo before, but you know what? I'll take the lamington instead. Gorgeous!
As if that weren't enough though, she also crafted some Lamington Cake Pops (bang on trend there, DMT), and, a woman after my own heart, Lamington Love Spoons. You know, I love seeing the party spoons you all make. I should do a round up of them one day...
Now, I won't lie to you. This next one made me scream. It's from My My Sunflower, is a Pandan and Coconut Lamington, and wait until you see the colour. I have a bit of a thing for pandan flavoured goodies, and got a bit obsessed with them in Singapore. Not that it's my favourite lamington or anything...
OK, do you want a Red Velvet Lamington? Great, so do I. We have Just So Cakey to thank for it, and we surely will. Blog envy: I want a flashing 'Happy Australia Day' sign too.
Mary Mary Culinary says I'm bossy and she's right. But it got her to bake Chestnut Lamingtons using homemade candied chestnuts, so I beg you to please excuse me. I think she deserves applause for this. Homemade!
In the UK, we have the Crunchie bar, and very nice it is too. But Nightwyrm made a Violet Crumble Lamington which is basically the Aussie version. Methinks that is very appropriate indeed! It's made from Golden Syrup cake by the way. Want.
Alison doesn't have a blog (as far as I am aware); she entered via email, which is always cool. I like getting emails that aren't from PR people. :) Her Trifecta Lamingtons comprise of peanut butter, chocolate cake, frosting and homemade candied bacon. I think I want to try this one most of all!
Lydia made a very English themed entry - the Apple Crumble Lamington. I can't believe I never thought of this myself. I've failed as a Brit. I like these because the oatsy coating means they''ll help to keep your heart healthy.
I really hate people who are queeny about presentation, because all I really care about is what food tastes like. But I have to say that I love the way Kate of What Kate Baked has served her Hot Chocolate Lamingtons. Beautiful! Love the explanation of what we're actually celebrating with Australia Day too (it's not all about the lamingtons, sadly!).
Let me be clear about something: you cannot please me more than with the words 'White Chocolate and Macadamia Lamingtons'. Thank you, Kalinda of Wheat Free Meat Free. I'll never forget this. MACADAMIAS PEOPLE!
This next one is one of the best lamingtons I've ever seen. It has a face! Raina made (or should that be 'papped' - she says they met at the Louvre) Cherrington Lamsicles. My heart has skipped a beat.
I promised you an Elvis Presley Lamington and I've got one for you right here. It's from Curtis, and features the Kewpie he won in last year's contest. I absolutely love it, and have to say a big 'Welcome Back Curtis', since he's suffered from a bad bout of what I like to call Blog Burn-Out recently. Think he's back for good now though!
And that's not it!
Natasha posted her entry on the Facebook page as well. Check out this stunning Lamington-Inspired Cake Roll. You know I've never made a roll cake? Should I remedy that do you think?
I *think* that's everyone who entered. If I've missed you off the list, give me a shout out and I'll fix it straight away. I'd hate to think I'd somehow left your lamingtons behind in my coconut and cake crumb littered wake...
So, as I said readers, I need your help. I have decided that this year I'm going to be doing the judging myself. It takes less time this way and is a lot simpler. However, it's by no means an easy task. How can I choose a prize winner at the drop of a hat when there has been so much creativity? I'll need a few days to think about it. And please, let me know your thoughts. Either here in the comments, or over on FB. Whose lamington would you rather make or eat? Whose blog post did you enjoy reading the most?
Your comments will really make this task easier, so don't be shy about it. Tell me what you think!
See you back here in a few days for the announcement of our winner! And best of luck to all who entered.