Little Louise cupcakes

Little Louise cupcakes

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Makes 12
These cupcakes bring sweet bursts of joy with every bite, perfect for a celebration or party

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before meringue is added

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal374
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.44g
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  • 175g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 350g golden or white caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs, 4 separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 12 tsp raspberry jam - use a firm jam, we used Waitrose Essential Raspberry Jam



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…

  • 85g desiccated coconut


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter, 175g of the sugar and the vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Beat in the whole egg, followed by the 4 yolks, before briefly beating in the flour, baking powder and milk until smooth. Divide two-thirds of the mix evenly between the cases, then top the centre of each with 1 tsp jam. Divide remaining cake mix over the top, using a wet finger to smooth it in place so no jam is visible. Bake for 18-22 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Wait until cool enough to handle, then transfer the cakes to a flat baking sheet.

  2. Lower oven to 110C/90C fan/gas ¼. Using a large, clean bowl, beat the 4 egg whites until stiff, then continue whisking while you gradually add the remaining 175g sugar. Beat until thick and shiny, then fold in the coconut and use spoonfuls of the mixture to top each cake. Bake for 30-35 mins until the outside of the meringue is crisp, then cool before serving.

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Comments (48)

Pink Buttercream's picture

Made these for my grandad's 75 birthday. The jam seemed to sink to the bottom but it still tasted delicious. Instead of meringue on top, I but a dollop of buttercream and a raspberry. Yum. They took longer to bake than I expected, that's probably because I doubled the ingredients as it was a big party with 18 people.

April Elizabeth's picture

I agree that this recipe needs updating or recommend that people who want to try it alter it. If you're a cake boffin you'll probably know exactly what to do. This was my first attempt at making cupcakes since school, but even following the instructions EXACTLY I was not happy with the results. The jam is actually at the bottom in the picture above, but it was just awful and the cakes were hard to handle on account of being a jammy mess at the bottom. I'd rather it in the middle.
I also don't consider meringue to be easy to make.

animalchef's picture

I have followed the recipe exactly, the jam did sink to the bottom, and as there was quite a lot of meringue left over so have made 12 small shells,i'm pretty sure i can use these in various desserts, a reduction of milk might be the answer, to stop the sinking jam ?. they are delicious anyway, thank you for the recipe,they will be made again.

kirstyyyyy's picture

Do these keep well?

emzy_wemzy's picture

These taste great!! However I'm really disappointed that my cupcake cases peeled away from the cakes and I don't know why! I followed the recipe exactly. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, any ideas how to stop this? It just lets the cakes down because they taste so good but unfortunately don't look that great! Would appreciate any tips!

hunnybunny2012's picture

Wish I read the reviews before trying this, my jam sunk to the bottom of the sponge ans the meringue was more like marshmallow was hoping to show my skills off as I'm training to be a chef and I'm not happy with the results the family kids still love them though.

daviesjessica's picture

Made these today and they were a big success with my family. Would definately make again. Cooked the meringue for an extra 30 minutes as it has not Browned, But they turned out perfectly. Although I did have a large pile of meringue on each cake I still have lots left over in the bowl?! Very yummy though.'s picture

Just baked these. Comments so far are very yummy. It's a shame that whoever monitors the comments given about error in quantity of sugar & cooking time for meringue way back in 2010 can't update the page. I too had quite a bit of meringue left over despite piling cakes high with it so have just cooked leftovers separately - I'm sure it won't go to waste

ginanicola's picture

My little boy doesn't like meringue, so made a butter icing topping instead...
The consitency of these cakes is lovely, not too heavy at all. The only thing with mine is tghe jam always seems to sink to the bottom.Great favourite though and doesn't affect the taste !

jennyh10's picture

They look nice and are not too bad in flavour but the texture was a little bit close for my liking. The jam sank to the bottom of the case and therefore some of it went to waste, not the end of the world but makes it a bit pointless putting it in and makes it harder to take out of the case to eat. The meringues stayed too soft and gooey because the cooking time is too short (obviously you can't leave them in any longer or the cake underneath will overcook) and the surface didn't go crisp enough. I also had lots of meringue left.
If I were to make them again I'd use 4 instead of 5 eggs; 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks in the cake (and less milk) and use the two whites with 125g sugar for the meringue and maybe blowtorch the top of the meringue after cooking to give it more texture. It's unlikely I'll bother with these again though as the results aren't really worth the effort.

alley555's picture

wow wow wow these little gems have it THE WOW FACTOR!!!!! I tried these cakes and i am not disappointed. I will definitely be making these for an 18th Birthday cup cake display and of course to eat, I think we might be holding them off!!!! I didn't put the milk in at all, I used lur pak and SR flour. It worked, they look fabulous and taste gorgeous.

cocojo's picture

Soft, sweet and googy these cupcakes are delicious! A perfect 5 stars

saramcf's picture

erm, please tell me how 2 lots of 175g caster sugar adds up to 300g total??? it should be 125g in the meringue!! and this mistake is the reason my meringue didn't work well!


mrsmongoose4's picture

made these cakes last night as a treat while the kids were watching the fireworks today and they hadn't long left the oven before they all disappeared! Made another batch this morning and they well and truly disappeared too! big big thumbs up from us :-D

super_chef's picture

really nice recipe ive put this on the menu of my bakery.....=)

charlib93's picture

Very disappointed, they came out greasy and seemed uncooked... can anyone tell me what I may have done wrong?

gabriellakury's picture

I made two batches of these cakes today!they are so yummy.the second batch i made into lemon meringue cakes by swirling through lemon curd instead of the blob of jam and i left out the coconut! don't know why everyone is complaining that their jam sunk it's supposed to you can see in the picture! :)

carlaamanda69's picture

I made these but used lemon curd instead of jam and left the coconut out. The meringue did take a bit longer to cook but they were very very yummy and everyone loved them.

rubbishrecipe's picture

well... me and my sis where planning on making these delicously scrumptcious cakes. they were going perfectly fine-we followed all the instructions. here comes the bad bit: we started on the meringue but it failed because this recipe is rubbish. yep thats why our username for this recipe is rubbish recipe we looked on the other websites for there meringue it was in so much more detail unlike this stupid recipe. why would bbc like to put such a wrong unwanted recipe. so people out there tell your friends and family to never get a recipe from bbc ''good'' food. cause you know what we will be telling everyone!

1flower1's picture

Has any one frozen the cup cake first, if so how long for?


Questions (1)

Pink Buttercream's picture

How do I stop the jam from sinking to the bottom?

Tips (1)

Pink Buttercream's picture

Don't use cupcake oven trays or cupcake cases. Use muffin oven trays and muffin cases.