I’ve been missing Sammy’s cakes lately (hint hint). Her apricot tarts just make me crumble so with Apricots on special this week I thought I’d run with this Apricot Coconut Crumble. It’s gluten free, easy to make and looks delicious – great for the kiddies lunches!


  • 160 gm softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 140 gm rapadura sugar or coconut sugar (see note)
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lime
  • Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 eggs
  • 160 gm gluten free plain flour
  • 90 gm shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150 ml well-shaken coconut milk
  • 40 gm dried apricots, diced
  • 5 apricots, coarsely chopped
Coconut crumble
  • 75 gm almond meal
  • 2 tbsp gluten free pain flour
  • 60 gm chilled butter, cubed
  • 2 tbsp rapadura sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes


  • Preheat oven to 170C. Butter a 15cm x 32cm cake tin or a 21cm-diameter cake tin and line it with baking paper. Beat butter, sugar, rind and vanilla seeds in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (4-5 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl and add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down sides of bowl between additions. Stir in flour, coconut, baking powder and ½ tsp salt, then stir in coconut milk. Stir in dried apricot, spoon batter into prepared tin and smooth top, then scatter with chopped apricot.
  • For coconut crumble, rub ingredients and a pinch of salt in a bowl until coarse crumbs form, scatter crumble around apricots, then bake until golden brown and centre springs back when lightly pressed (50 minutes to 1 hour). Cool in tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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