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Louise Cake

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Louise Cake comprises a biscuit base, a jam layer and a coconut meringue topping. Fall in love at first bite.


  • 150g (⅔ cup) butter
  • 180 (1½ cup) caster sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vanilla essence
  • 180g (1½ cup) self-raising flour
  • 180g (1½ cup) all-purpose flour
  • 245g (¾ cup) raspberry jam
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 100g (1 cup) desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C / fan 140°C / 320°F / gas 4.
  2. Line the bottom and sides of a 33x 24 x 5.5cm Tala enamelled steel roaster with baking parchment.
  3. For the base: Place the butter, half of the sugar, egg yolks and half of the vanilla essence into a bowl and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the two flours and mix until crumbs form.
  5. Place the crumb mixture in the Tala tin and press down, ensuring that it’s evenly spread.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  8. For the topping: Beat the egg whites, the remaining sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl until foamy.
  9. Slowly and systematically, add the sugar while beating the egg mixture until soft peaks form. Fold half of the coconut into the meringue.
  10. Spread the jam onto the cake base.
  11. Drop dollops of meringue on top of the jam layer and carefully spread it evenly.
  12. Sprinkle with the remaining coconut.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes or until the meringue is slightly hardened on the outside and the coconut toasted and golden in colour.
  14. Leave to cool completely before serving. Enjoy!


  • Although you can do this recipe by hand, using a food mixer will speed up the preparation process.
  • You will know the crumb mixture is ready when the crumbs are evenly sized and when you squeeze it together the dough will stick together.
  • Desiccated coconut is suitable for the meringue filling but if you want to get fancy, you can use coconut shavings for the topping. These are readily available in health shops.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: New Zealand

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