This is a moist and delicious cake.  Made with naturally sweet Turkish dried apricots, it is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals.  Apricots contain Vitamins A and C and carotenes.  I like to serve this cake warm (15 seconds in the microwave) with a drizzle of pure maple syrup.  As it’s cooked in a slice pan, I cut it into 2 inch squares and keep it in an airtight container for up to a week. Your family will love it.

Makes 12-14 squares


1 ½ cups dried apricots

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

100g (3oz) butter, chopped

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour + ½ teaspoon baking powder)

¼ cup desiccated coconut


Preheat oven to 180⁰C (350F).

Place apricots, water and bicarb soda in a bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.

Place the apricot mixture in the food processor with the butter and sugar and process until smooth.  Add the eggs, flour and coconut and process.

Pour into a greased and lined slice pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool in pan before cutting into squares.  Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup.

  • Bit late to.this party but omg this was great. I drizzled a coconut cream/oil/icing sugar glaze and it went down fabulously. Thanks so much for the recipe!


  • Yummy.. I really want to make this now.


  • Wow…this looks incredibly decadent and moist and sweet…look forward to trying it.


  • I too was thinking of serving it warm with a dollop of whipped cream. Ooohhh, how divine!


  • I am loving all these simple cake recipes.
    Something new to try. Yes!


  • This looks very yummy and easy. Would love to try it.


  • wow – this looks good


  • Oh wow this looks beautiful..for dessert!
    We love coconut in our house. It sounds really nice and simple.


  • Thanks for sharing this delicious looking cake. I will most certainly be making and tasting this cake.

    • I love this cake – it is perfect for dessert and dinner parties!


  • Nice one. Apricots & coconut is a tasty combination.


  • Seems fairly easy to make. Must give it a try.


  • Sounds like the maple syrup is the icing on the cake! Looks so good.


  • Yum, will definitely try this – I love the combo of apricots and coconut.


  • It’s so cold and this like so nice, a lovely hot custard over the top wouldn’t go astray :)


  • I’m guessing that you could make this with virtually any dried fruit, not just apricots. Would love to try it with a dried “fruit salad” mix. And drizzled with maple syrup would be so naughty, but very very nice.


  • it looks so good and so very very moist


  • This cake is so simple to make but so amazing.


  • Looks lovely, and great flavours


  • this looks so delicious and most, what a great cake


  • That picture looks so divine…. yum!


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