People celebrating Australia Day in Melbourne were able get a slice
of the world's largest lamington as part of tsunami fund-raiser
organised by bakery franchise operator Brumby's and supported by
some of the baking industry's leading companies.
Weighing in at a colossal 925kg - the size of a small car - it
was taken via a refrigerated truck to Melbourne's Federation Square
on Australia Day morning.
A forklift was used to handle the lamington, containing 725kg of
sponge batter, 100kg of jam, 50kg of chocolate and 50kg of desiccated
The lamington was the initiative of Brumby's Bakeries to raise
money for CARE Australia's appeal for victims of the Boxing Day
tsunami. Several companies from the baking industry helped to support
the event by supplying ingredients and facilities including Kerry
Pinnacle Bakery Ingredients, Food Traders, Fresh Food Industries,
Davies Bakery, CIA Signage, National 1 and Trisco Foods.
People donated a gold coin to CARE Australia for a slice of the
giant sponge, which organisers believed was the world's largest,
with comedian Russell Gilbert spruiking the lamington to the crowd
Brumby's managing director Michael Sherlock said it took a week
to make the lamington.
"We had to have a solid base on it, so that's how we got around
it, by freezing it as we built it, and putting the fresh lamington
on top at Federation Square," he said.
NB. Brumby's makes available $30 million worth of bread products
to charities every year and any of the giant lamington left over
was distributed through those same channels.