This is my adaptation of a very popular Northern Irish cake – Snowy Joeys – that are sold everywhere. I tried and failed to find a recipe online telling me how to make them so I bought a domed silicone mould and went for it myself. How hard can they be.
Snowies are two domes of delicious vanilla sponge sandwiched together with buttercream and jam, then rolled in coconut, nuts or flaked almonds.
So I want to share with you this delicious traditional recipe. It uses a basic vanilla sponge batter, buttercream, jam and something to roll them in.
You will need a dome silicone mould to create the half domes.
Difficulty – Medium to easy
For the sponge:
150 grams butter at room temperature (or pop in microwave for 10 secs)
150 grams caster sugar
3 good size free range eggs
210 grams self raising flour
1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
250g icing sugar
1 vanilla pod
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Jam (any type)
Something to roll the balls in – coconut, nuts, almonds, chocolate.
1. Get prepared by lightly greasing your silicone domes with some melted butter. Some people then dust a little flour all around the inside of the tin so it sticks to the butter. Some people swear by it.
2. Preheat your oven to 160C (140C FAN)
3. Pop your butter into the mixer for 1 minute until nice and soft and fluffy.
4. Add your sugar and continue mixing at a medium speed for up to five minutes. This makes it nice and fluffy which is a key to sponge success.
5. Lightly mix your eggs together and at the very slowest setting, gradually add them to your creamed butter and sugar mix. It’s taken me many years to learn that patience is needed here. Add your eggs a little at a time and mix well between each addition.
6. Add the vanilla to the mixture.
7. Now gradually fold in the flour and milk.
8. Divide your mixture between your dome silicone moulds. Only fill half full so you bake as flat as possible.
9. Pop in the oven for 25 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cream together and add the vanilla. If you find it a little stiff add a teaspoon of milk. this will make it more spreadable but I like working with a stiff buttercream and it’s perfect for piping with. The vanilla cream will keep happily for five days.
Making yours Snowies
Once everything is ready you can begin.
1. Using a thin spread of jam and buttercream sandwich your half domes together. Level them of if you need to.
2. Spread a thin layer of buttercream all around the sandwiched domes with a spatula.
3. Now roll in your coconut or nuts.