|Alternative names||Louise slice|
|Type||Cake or confection|
|Place of origin||New Zealand|
|Main ingredients||Butter, eggs, raspberry jam, coconut|
Louise cake or Louise slice is a baked New Zealand sweet dish that consists of raspberry jam and coconut-flavoured meringue on a shortbread base.
It has been suggested that the cake was created to celebrate the wedding of Princess Louise (one of Queen Victoria’s daughters) in 1871. A recipe for Louise cake was shared in the Otago Witness newspaper in October 1927.
In her 2022 bilingual cookbook Whānaukai: Feel-good baking to share aroha and feed hungry tummies, Auckland baker and former Whakaata Māori presenter, Naomi Toilalo, translated Louise cake into te reo Māori as Keke Rahipere Me Te Kokonati (raspberry and coconut cake).
The base of Louise cake is shortbread, made from eggs, sugar, butter and flour. The shortbread layer is topped with raspberry jam, followed by a layer of meringue with coconut mixed into it. Although not traditional, some bakers nowadays decorate the cake with raspberries, either fresh or crushed freeze-dried. Other modern variations on the recipe replace the layer of raspberry jam with plum or kiwifruit jam, stewed rhubarb or lemon curd.
Louise cake can be found in most New Zealand bakeries and cafes.