Louise Cake

A very pretty slice - a biscuit base spread with good red jam and topped with a thin layer of coconut meringue.

1 hour
Prep Time
Louise Cake




  • ¼ cup raspberry, plum or blackcurrant jam
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup Chelsea white sugar
  • ½ cup fine desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Lightly grease a 20cm x 30cm shallow tin and line the base and two sides with baking paper. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg yolks and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the lemon juice and then sift in the flour and baking powder and mix to a firm dough.
  4. Press the dough evenly into the prepared tin, and spread over the jam. You don’t need a thick layer.
  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff then gently fold in the caster sugar and the coconut using a metal spoon. Spread carefully over the jam, again trying to keep an even thickness. Sprinkle with a little more coconut.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes until the coconut is just turning golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cut into squares or fingers while it is still warm. Cool in the tin on a wire rack. 

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Good basic Louise cake recipe. I threw out my Edmund’s recipe book because it muses a mixture of cup and weight measurements which is very inexact and I was wasting ingredients on substandard bakes. This was much easier to follow. I would normally use another recipe but I didn't have the book to hand. I didn’t taste it, but the person who requested it said it was very good.. I may check to see if the latest Edmonds book has caught up with the 21st century and measures flour etc by gram. Otherwise it’s back to the more professional baking books.