Apple, almond and coconut cake

Apple, almond and coconut cake

Three Sisters Bake
Helen Cathcart

This lovely moist cake is a great gluten-free treat and, providing gluten-free baking powder is used (available in large supermarkets), it is suitable for coeliacs. - Nichola


Quantity Ingredient
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 unwaxed lemon, grated zest
1/2 lemon, juiced
6 large eggs, at room temperature
225g caster sugar
240g ground almonds
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
40g flaked almonds
flaked coconut shavings

For the coconut buttercream

Quantity Ingredient
280g icing sugar
100g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
3 tablespoons coconut milk


Quantity Ingredient
20 cm round loose-bottomed cake tins


  1. Place the diced apples in a pan with the lemon juice and zest and cook on a low heat, covered, for 15–20 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160°c.
  3. Line the base and sides of the tin with greaseproof paper.
  4. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until light and pale, then stir in the cooled, cooked apples. Add the ground almonds, baking powder, vanilla extract and flaked almonds and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. If the skewer comes out sticky with cake mixture, give the cake another 10 minutes in the oven. Remove the cake and set aside to cool in the tin.
  6. To make the buttercream, whisk the icing sugar and butter together for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the coconut milk and whisk for another minute.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, turn it out of the tin and top it with the buttercream. Finally, sprinkle with coconut shavings.
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