About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Gluten Free Apricot Cake

I used to have apricot cake when I was growing up, and it was one of my favourite desserts. It's like a Sara Lee pound cake in terms of texture and it's very moist and non-crumbly. Moist and non-crumbly are not 2 words you typically find when you make a gluten free dessert however.....

When I went looking for a recipe, I found a version I liked from a Newfoundland cookbook. What makes this recipe slightly different from others on the internet is the Newfoundland recipe typically calls for cream cheese.

As with any new recipe that is not specifically gluten free, there is always the risk that the GF flour will not work the same way the regular flour does.

I used Kinnikinnick All Purpose Flour - and it was excellent! Not only did the cake come out of the pan easily, it stayed together, and was EXTRA moist! The kids ate it and loved it, as well as other non GF family members :) As for myself and my mom - we were in heaven! Real, yummy cake!

If you want to try the recipe - I've listed it below.

As a warning - this a time consuming cake, not hard - just takes a bit of time. For the cake you will need:

Apricot Mixture 
2 cups of apricots (chopped)
1.5 cups of water
1/4 cup of sugar

Dry Mixture 
2 1/4 cup of flour
1.5 tsp of baking powder

Other Ingredients 
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter
250g of cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 325 and grease a bundt pan (or tube pan)
2. Add the apricot mixture to a pan and let boil for 20 minutes. If there is any excess water left after the 20 minutes you can pour off the extra liquid.
3. Let the apricot mixture cool.
4. Cream together sugar and butter. I used a mixer and let it mix for 15 minutes on low-medium setting.
5. Add the cream cheese to the sugar and butter and let mix for another 10 minutes. At this point the mixture should be very smooth and creamy.
6. Add the vanilla
7. Add one egg at a time, ensuring each is incorporated before adding the next egg.
8. Mix in the dry ingredients
9. Fold in the apricot mixture
10. Bake at 325 for 75-90 minutes. The baking time really depends on your oven. My cake was done at 75 minutes.


  1. I am SOOOoooo excited to have found your blog. I am moving to St.Johns at the end of the month from the US and am feeling pretty overwhelmed with trying to find new/comparable products to the large shlew of what Im used to having here.. Thanks again for all your reviews and insights. Ill be watching for more in the future

    1. Yes - I was in Florida earlier this year and I could't believe the selection! The Sobeys stores in the east end of in St. John's (Elizabeth Ave and Torbay Road), as well as the larger Dominions (Stavanger Drive and Lake (memorial stadium) have a good selection between them. As well, you can order on ling from Kinnikinnick and well.ca - both of which have a great selection and awesome shipping.

    2. I'll be moving from a somewhat smaller town (but still VERY gf friendly) but recently moved here from Cali (GF mecca) in Dec. So, yeah. I have a bit of adjusting to do. :) .. I went to Nourish and they suggested Sobeys (on Elizabeth) and I felt more hope there then the few Dominion stores we visited (not exactly sure which ones we went to)..We have Kinnikinnick here but I havent tried many of their products because they were never very good and found others far superior. Its been years now though and I see they have made some new improvements so hopefully it will be better than I remember.... Hopefully I can find a few mixes, etc that I like and not have to resort to calling home and asking to have a box sent full of my well-known-favs... Thanks again for your help. I feel better just knowing Im not the only GF human on the island :) ;)

  2. Not sure if you like Udi's - but many of their products are in the freezer section at Sobeys :)

  3. I do like Udis but I prefer to make things (breads esp) fresh at home and tend to always lean towards mixes over pre made/baked items. That way I can tweak them and make them just the way I like. :)