Helen’s Home Cooking: Scottish Snowballs

Snowballs are a cake which has oft been forgotten in these times of fancy baking.  A traditional Scottish recipe which delights for both its taste and texture.

Scottish Snowballs

Scottish Snowballs
Scottish Snowballs

      Ingredients (yields 4)

  • 150g of Self Raising Flour
  • 60g of Butter/Baking spread
  • 60g of Caster Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • A little cold water
  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Strawberry Jam or a flavour of your preference


  1. In a large bowl mix the flour and butter/spread together until your mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the egg and the sugar and further mix until you’ve created a dough.
  3. Cut into 8 fairly equal pieces, and fashion into balls.
  4. Cook on a lined baking tin for 15 minutes, 180°c, 350°f, Gas mark 4, leave space between your balls for expansion.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.
  6. Make your water icing by mixing a spoonful of water at a time to your icing sugar. Your water icing should be quite runny.
  7. Doing a half at a time, spread a little jam on the flat side of your cake.
  8. Dip the curved side of the cake into your icing sugar, allowing and excess to drip off.
  9. Dip into your coconut and place in a cup case.
  10. Repeat the process, joining the two halves together as you go.
  11. Allow to set, share and enjoy.

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