Coconut castles

(22 ratings)
Coconut castles are an alternative to cupcakes. They are easy to make and can be frozen.
Coconut castles are an alternative to cupcakes. They are easy to make and can be frozen.
  • Makes: 8

  • Prep time:

    Includes making icing and decorating
  • Cooking time:

    Includes heating jam
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

Woman's Weekly recipe A jammy buttery sponge cake rolled in delicious desiccated coconut. This tea time treat is like a cupcake without the cup and it perfect for kids' parties


  • 125g (4oz) butter
  • 125g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 5tbsp red jam
  • 60g (2oz) desiccated coconut
  • 8 glacé cherries
  • 8 dariole moulds, buttered and floured

Don’t worry if the cakes don’t turn out of the tins perfectly. The jam and coconut will cover up any imperfections!


  1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 or 180°C.
  2. Beat the butter until soft, add the sugar, and cream the mixture until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Gradually fold in the sifted flour and 1 tbs warm water.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the moulds. Put the moulds on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 20-22 mins. Cool in the tins for 10 mins, then carefully ease cakes out with a palette knife. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Heat the jam and 1-2 tbs water in a small pan. Bring to the boil for 1 min. Put a cake on a fork and brush it all over with the hot jam, then roll it in the coconut on a plate. Decorate with a cherry. Repeat with remaining cakes.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 338(kcal)
  • Fat 19.0g
  • Saturates 13.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Phil Lawrence

These are wonderful little cakes that you seldom see in shops nowadays. I made some a couple of weeks ago. But could we please call them by their proper name, which is "English madeleines"?


Great cake recipe!

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