In an exhaustive survey conducted over a 3 year period, 20,000 Australian's of all demographic groups have unanimously voted the Lamington as the most iconic afternoon tea sweet treat. Beating off a lacklustre challenge from the Tim Tam, and a non-start from both the finger bun and the neenish tart, Lamington gained a whopping 80% of the vote, with some pundits claiming that a perceived lack of availability makes it all the more special.
"Baker's Delight, Breadtop, Pie Face... None of these establishments regularly stock a Lamington. When someone whips one out at arvo tea, you know they've made the effort to visit Woolworth's and pick up a 20 pack for 8 bucks." said Joe, a Sydney bakery owner.
"We've been stocking Lamingtons since we stole them from New Zealand. We even have a gluten-free version. We sell it with a small paper plate because it's got the consistency of sand, but customers seem to love it."
The Lamington remains largely untouched by zeitgeist food trends of the Instagram generation, with only cursory attempts made at a Lamington Cronut (nicknamed the Cramington, and as ugly as its name), although Lamington Gelato has snuck onto the radar.
However, one burning question this study hasn't managed to answer is this: fill with cream or leave it be?