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Apricot and coconut crumble cake

Tangy apricots, coconut, and a rich caramel-like batter is an excellent combination, especially with a crunchy crumble topping.

By Emma Knowles
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 8 - 10
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Apricot and coconut crumble cake
Apricots and coconut are an excellent combination, especially in a cake with a crunchy crumble topping. Using rapadura sugar or coconut sugar gives a beautiful caramel richness to the batter, which is offset by the tang of the apricots.


  • 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 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 plain flour
  • 60 gm chilled butter, cubed
  • 2 tbsp rapadura sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes


  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.


Rapadura sugar and coconut sugar are available from select health-food shops and supermarkets. If they're unavailable, substitute brown sugar.