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Hidden Centre Hertzoggie Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Hands-on time: 30 minutes

Hands-off time: 20 minutes


For the cupcake:

½ cup (125g) butter, room temperature

2 tbsp castor sugar

3 medium eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup Rhodes Quality Smooth Apricot Jam

2 cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup desiccated coconut

For the topping:

4 egg whites

1 ½ cup (250g) castor sugar

2 cups desiccated coconut

1 tbsp in each (80g) Rhodes Quality Smooth Apricot Jam


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake liners.

For the cupcakes:

1. Using an electric beater, beat the butter and castor sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla essence and Rhodes Quality Smooth Apricot Jam and beat till combined.

2. Add the flour, baking powder and desiccated coconut, fold together until smooth and combined.

3. Spoon the cupcake batter into each of the liners. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. *Chef’s Tip: Dip your spoon into warm water in between scoops to make filling the liners clean and easier.

4. Once baked, leave the cupcakes in the muffin tray to cool for 10 minute.

For the topping:

1. Using an electric beater, whip the egg whites until frothy and white (3-5 minutes).

2. Gradually add the sugar and continue whisking until stiff and glossy. This should take about 6 more minutes.

3. Once the meringue is firm, fold in the desiccated coconut.

4. Attach a round nozzle to a piping bag and spoon the coconut meringue into the bag until it is ¾ way full. *Chef’s Tip: Once the nozzle is inside the bag, fold the bag over a glass to make filling the bag easier.

5. Using a small knife, cut out a hole in the centre of all the cupcakes. Fill the holes of each cupcake with 1 tbsp of the Rhodes Quality Smooth Apricot Jam.

6. Covering the jam centre, pipe the coconut meringue onto each cupcake while in the muffin tray.

7. Place the cupcakes back into the oven at 200°C to allow the meringue to brown for 10-12 minutes.

8. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes. Serve with tea and ENJOY!

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