Louise Cakes from Gran’s Kitchen

A quick and easy favourite straight out of Gran’s Kitchen.

louise cakes

Louise Cakes are a tasty sweet treat straight out of Gran’s Kitchen. They’re quick and easy to make, and perfect for afternoon tea time with friends.

Time: 45 minutes


  • 140g butter
  • 55g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 280g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry jam


  • 115g sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 115g coconut

To make the cake, cream the butter and sugar, then add egg yolks and beat well. Stir in sifted flour and baking powder. Press mixture into greased tray. Spread jam over mixture.

To make the meringue, beat egg whites and sugar together until thick, then fold in coconut.

Spread the meringue on top of the cake.

Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes. Cut into squares.

Recipe taken from Gran’s Kitchen by Natalie Oldfield

Seventy-six of the best tried-and-true homemade recipes from a bygone era, lovingly selected from the notebooks of 95-year-old Dulcie May Booker. Compiled by her granddaughter Natalie Oldfield, Gran’s Kitchen is sure to satisfy those who love traditional cookery in a very personal way. A little of the old, a little new, it is full of simple, comforting, and easy-to-make cakes, breakfasts, dinners, and desserts, as well as her secrets to award-winning baking and preserving. Not only is this a beautiful cookbook, but it is also filled with wonderful family love and community spirit. At times achingly nostalgic, Gran’s Kitchen is peppered with reminiscences and photographs of a once-typical but now disappearing lifestyle of pastoral dances and neighbourhood dressmakers.

To purchase Gran’s Kitchen at a discount, please visit www.cooked.com.au

Published by Hardie Grant



    To make a comment, please register or login
    25th Sep 2017
    I am going to give this recipe a go and who knows I might even buy the cookbook even if just for the stories and photos.
    25th Sep 2017
    This is a recipe that has been handed down in our family for many many years. We all love it as a special treat.
    25th Sep 2017
    I have been trying to find a stockist for the recipe book but so far have not had any luck, all say out of stock at the moment.
    25th Sep 2017
    I never knew them as Louise cakes, but they look very much like something my mum used to make, from the Presbyterian Women's Cookbook. In any case, they are yummy.
    25th Sep 2017
    pretty standard jam slice recipe

    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles