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The Best Ever Coconut Snowballs

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The Best Ever Coconut Snowballs

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snowball is a spherical object made from snow, usually created by scooping snow with the hands and pressing the snow together to compact it into a ball. Snowballs are often used in games such as snowball fights. 

Snowballs for playing in the snow

I am for sure NOT talking about that type of Snowballs, although it’s fun to play in the snow on a winters day, but today we are looking at the most delicious and luxuriously self-indulgent coconut snowballs which are cake-like treats, and mostly coated in pink-colored desiccated coconut. 


Yield: 20

The Best Snowballs

Red snowball cookies, two of them pasted together with a white cream filling

An easy and wonderful treat to prepare at home, so let's get started

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling and Decorating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Snowball Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cup castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2½ cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk

Snowball Syrup

  • 1½  cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 2-3 cups Desiccated coconut

Cream filling

  • ½ cup fresh cream 
  • 1 tsp icing sugar


Snowball Cake

Using an electric mixer beat together eggs and sugar till light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and oil and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Gradually add the milk and mix gently, do not over mix.

Pour the cake batter into cupcake holders that you placed in the muffin pan

Bake for about 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180C / 350F or until a tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean

Cool the cupcakes in their pans for 10 minutes, then turn them out to cool completely.


Mix the water and apricot jam together and add 1 tsp red food coloring.

Allow to cool, dip in the cold syrup, and roll in coconut.

Cream Filling

Whip ½ cup fresh cream with 1 tsp icing sugar

Slice snowballs into 2, pipe cream in the middle and place the other half on top.


Prepared, tried and tested by Jennifer Govender Bisnath

Original recipe from Fatima Sydow

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 381Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 45mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 3gSugar 26gProtein 4g

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Here we have the famous South African version, although I am not sure of the true origin of this moreish pink treat.  Should you have more information, on the origin, please let me know, as I am always interested to find out the true origin of food.

One can say that these coconut snowballs. have the appearance of a whoopie pie, an American baked product that may be considered either a cookie, pie, sandwich, or cake.  The same applies to these lovely homemade pink-colored coconut snowballs. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.

You can also try these Raspberry Snowballs With Fresh Cream


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12 thoughts on “The Best Ever Coconut Snowballs”

    • Nakaida, Thank you for your comment.

      I am sure that there are many variations on the theme and this version being one of them. Feel free to join my Facebook Group The Recipe Hunter – – and then submit your own recipe with jelly instead of jam. It can also be that the person that tested this one did not have jelly and substituted it with jam. Thanks again for your comment.


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