BEST Gluten-Free Farmer’s Apricot Cake

Published on Jun 25, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 15 pc
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This Gluten-Free Farmer’s Apricot Cake is a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of fresh summer fruit. This gluten-free rendition of a classic farmer’s cake features the sweetness of spiced apricots while it has a light and tender texture that’s perfect for any occasion. Dairy-free option is available.

slices of gluten free farmers apricot cake

Introduction to Farmers Cake

Originally, farmer’s cake, or Bauernkuchen in German, was a rustic dessert enjoyed by farmers after a long day’s work. It typically features seasonal fruits baked into a simple batter, creating a delicious homemade coffee cake.

You will need

  1. apricots
  2. brown sugar
  3. cinnamon
  4. unsalted butter
  5. sugar
  6. eggs
  7. milk
  8. pure vanilla extract
  9. lemon zest
  10. gluten-free measure-for-measure 1:1 flour blend
  11. baking powder
  12. sea salt
  13. sliced almonds

Gluten-Free Farmers Apricot Cake: Recipe Overview

sliced apricots

Slice and spice the apricots

adding apricots into batter

Make the batter and stir in the spiced apricots

cake in a pan before baking

Layer the baking dish with the batter and apricots and drizzle with juices from the spiced apricots. Sprinkle with sliced almonds

baked farmer's apricot cake in a pan

Bake until golden brown

Tips and Substitutions 

  • Can I use other fruits? You can substitute apricots with other stone fruits like peaches or plums. 
  • Can I make this recipe dairy-free? If you’re dairy-free, substitute the butter and milk with a plant-based alternative. It’s just as delicious
  • Can I use frozen apricots? Yes, ensure they are thawed 
  • Can I replace the sugar? Use coconut sugar in place of granulated sugar for a lower glycemic option.
  • Vanilla extract: Replace vanilla with almond extract for a nuttier flavor
  • Cinnamon: Use allspice in place of cinnamon for more flavor
  • Butter and Eggs: Ensure your butter and eggs are at room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Almonds: Use chopped pecans or walnuts if that’s your preference

top view of a slice of cake

Choosing Apricots for Baking

When selecting apricots for baking such as in this farmer’s cake, choose fruits that are ripe but still slightly firm to hold their shape during baking. Look for apricots that yield slightly to gentle pressure and have a fragrant aroma.


Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days to maintain their freshness.

More Gluten-Free Recipes With Stone Fruit To Explore

Apricot Blueberry Tarte Tatin – Gluten-Free

Blackberry Peach Galette – Gluten Free

Breakfast Plum Cake – Gluten Free

Gluten Free Peach And Frangipane Pie

Plum & Almond Crumble Snacking Cake – Gluten Free

Apricot Turmeric Ginger Chia Smoothie

stacked slices of farmer's apricot cake on a plate

Gluten-Free Farmers Apricot Cake: Recipe Review

When summer arrives with its bounty of fresh fruits, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as baking a delicious Farmer’s Apricot Cake. This simple gluten-free cake recipe combines the sweetness of ripe apricots with a moist and light cake. The cinnamon-spiced apricots add depth and juiciness to every bite, while the almonds provide a delicious crunch. 

This gluten-free coffee cake can be served for brunch, a snack, or with a dollop of ice cream for special occasions.

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