Apple, lupin, coco-nutty cake

Posted 29/11/2017

Prep time 25 mins, Cook time 40 mins,

Makes 1 large teacake or approx. 30 mini muffins


60g      (½ cup) Lupin Flakes
80g      (½ cup) rolled oats
150ml  boiling water
185g     plain flour
1tsp      baking powder
1tsp      ground cinnamon
1 tsp     mixed spice
125g     unsalted butter, softened
80g      coconut sugar
80g      raw caster sugar
2           large eggs
1            tsp vanilla essence
1            Granny Smith apple (or 2 small apples), peeled and grated


70g     unsalted butter
80g     coconut sugar
90ml   evaporated milk
60g     lupin flakes
60g     dried apricots, diced
40g     shredded coconut
60g     almond flakes

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease and line a 23cm spring form tin and set aside.
  2. Place Lupin Flakes and oats in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over them.  Stir to combine and set aside to cool to lukewarm or room temperature.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and spices.
  4. Beat butter and sugars together until soft and creamy and light in colour.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly after each addition.  Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two parts, alternating with the Lupin mixture, and fold in with a metal spoon.  Fold in the grated apple.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.  When you press the top of the cake with your fingertip and it doesn’t leave an impression, the cake is cooked.
  7. Turn the cake onto a cooking rack.


  1. Preheat grill to 180°C and place cooled cake on an oven tray.
  2. Place Lupin Flake, nuts, fruit and coconut in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Combine butter, evaporated milk and coconut sugar in a saucepan and heat to a simmer, stirring to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar.  Leave on the heat to caramelise but not burn.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, pour caramel into the Lupin Flakes mix and stir well to combine.
  5. Spread topping evenly over the cake and put under the grill for 3-4 minutes until topping is bubbling and golden brown.  Take care with this step, the topping burns easily.  However, the topping tastes best when grilled as dark as possible but just shy of burnt.

Recipe Notes

We use coconut sugar but if you don’t have that in your pantry you can substitute dark brown sugar.

The topping ingredients can be a combination of whatever fruit and nuts you choose.

These cakes can be made muffin or mini muffin size.  You may need to make extra topping if dividing the batch into small cakes.

This cake is best consumed the same or next day but will keep 3-5 days in the fridge.

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