Apricot Blueberry Tarte Tatin (Gluten-Free)

Published on Nov 05, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

2 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 6-8
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This Apricot Blueberry Tarte Tatin is based on the classic French dessert. Tarte Tatin originated in France and is made with caramelized fruit and pastry. In this gluten-free tarte tatin version, I used mascarpone cheese to keep the cake moist and light.

Every bite of this tarte tatin-style dessert is filled with caramelized fruit topped with a moist cake hinted with fresh lemon and cinnamon essence. Soo good!

What is Tarte tatin?

Tarte tatin is an upside-down fruit tart made with pastry baked over fruit in caramelized sugar. This dessert is then served upside down, showcasing the caramelized fruit.


fresh apricots on a pan

Best fruit for tarte tatin?

Tarte Tatin is traditionally made with apples. However, you can use any number of fruits. The fruit is first cooked in caramelized sugar, so it will taste good no matter what fruit you use.

I used a combination of apricots and blueberries. The tartness of apricots and the sweetness of blueberries complemented each other exceptionally well.

Here are couple of other gluten-free French desserts you may enjoy, the Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Coconut Crème Brûlée, or the Gluten-Free Cream Puffs.


half a tarte tatin cake on a platter with spoons

How to make tarte tatin-style cake?

Start with caramelizing the fruit. I used a cast-iron skillet, the fruit caramelizes beautifully in the skillet, and I can make the entire dessert using only one dish. 

If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you can caramelize the fruit in a pan, then transfer the fruit into a baking dish before adding the batter.

How to caramelize fruit for tarte tatin?

First, heat the butter with sugar and cinnamon. Then add the fruit slices like apricots or apples and cook until the fruit turns a golden brown colour and the sauce thickens.

I wanted to add extra fruit, so I tossed in fresh blueberries after the apricots were caramelized. The fruit will be the base for the cake, which later will become the topping.

cake batter with mascarpone

The batter is a simple cake batter, except I substituted mascarpone cheese for some of the butter that I typically use in a cake recipe. The mascarpone made the cake lighter and extra moist. 

I also added fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to add freshness.


slice missing out of tarte tatin dessert

spread the batter over the caramelized fruit

By now, the caramelized fruit has cooled. Spread the batter over the fruit and bake until the top of the cake is golden brown. 

Cool the cake in the pan for fifteen minutes first. Then loosen the edges with a knife and flip the cake onto a serving platter. 

This gluten-free tarte tatin will showcase a beautiful topping of caramelized fruit. OMG, this French-style dessert is unbelievably delicious.

You can serve the Apricot Blueberry Tarte Tatin as is. Or, top with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream. This gluten-free dessert will impress your family and guests every time. Enjoy!

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This was so good! Making again!


The pears sound good, I will try and use them next time I make the tarte tatin, thank you Samantha

Samantha D.

I made this tarte tatin with pears, it was very good. I will definitely make it again. Thank you Kristina!


thank you Roberta, I am thrilled that you enjoyed it.


stunning cake!!

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