Sunday, 4 December 2011

Apricot and Almond Cake

Even though it is winter and apricot has nothing to do with winter, this cake is so good to have at anytime of the year. Canned apricots are readily available throughout the year and this cake is just can be made in no time. This is one of the simplest cakes I baked recently; packed with flavour, delicious with its nuttiness and fruity goodness. I got this recipe from Asda magazine, which is a one of the popular supermarket range in here. I pick up these supermarket magazines religiously every time I come across them and save them just for some recipes. I have been collecting them for few years now and I should tell you, they really have some fantastic recipes all of which are seasonal using seasonal fruits and veggies. I they also contain festive treats and other aspects of everyday life including latest trends, fashion and health. I am sure you can replace the apricots with other fruits like apple or pear.

Apricot and Almond Cake
Serves 8
Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes

125 unsalted butter, softened
125caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 orange /lime rind
few drops of almond essence
½ tsp vanilla essence
100g Self raising flour
75g ground almonds
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoon milk
1*450 can sliced/halved peaches
30g Almond slivers, a small handful
Icing sugar to dust

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Grease and line a 23cm/9 inch shallow cake tin or a pie tin.

2. Beat butter and sugar for about 3-4 minutes until it is light and creamy. Add in the almond extract and vanilla essence and mix well again. 

3. Beat in eggs, one at a time adding a spoonful of flour with the second one.

4. Add rest of the flour, almond flour, salt and lemon/orange rind and fold gently adding milk in between.

5.Transfer the mixture into the cake tin and level the top.

6. Arrange the rained apricots on top and scatter flaked almonds in between them.

7. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the cake springs back when gently touched in the middle. If the cake starts browning, cover it loosely with aluminium foil.

8. Let is cool down. Dust it with icing sugar and serve it plain or with whipped cream or crème fraiche. Best served warm.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Almond cake looks simply awesome and delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Cake looks soft and yummy...Loved the look of apricots and almonds...

Shri said...

Shabs this looks amazing!

Tina said...

Beautiful cake dear...Adipoli..

Sharmilee! :) said...

I so so love the combination in ur cake...awesome

Priya said...

Wat a rich looking super nutty cake,incredible and well done Shabs.

An Open Book said...

shab apricots in a cake are to die for rt? i regularly make an upside down cake using the canned apricots and even plums, pears and peaches:)
pakshe i dont like using almond synthetic its tastes somehow..I love the 1st click..pathram kollam and tht cake stand, how i wish i had one..
Like u i also collect asda and sains mags, mostly for styling ideas hehe, recipes also i have seen some good ones but have never really tried anything.

faseela said...

perfectly baked cake....awesome

Anonymous said...

Can I use dry apricots instead of the canned one and if I use the dry apricot, do I have to soak it before adding it to the cake?

Shabs.. said...

Thank you guys.....

Nisha, ya, i too look for styling, but we cant follow that as we have got no props of that sort, isnt it??:D

@ Anon, Dry apricots taste very different from the fresh ones. And i dono, by dry means how dry you are talking about. I have come across dry apricots that are still juicy and some of them that are really really dry. Juicy ones you may soak them or use as it is. I dont recommends the dry and hard ones. You can use plums, apples, pears instead.

vineetha said...

I never really took mags from asda or any other super market,maybe next time when I go to supermarket I will pick from them,I have morrison,tesco,sainsbury and waitrose nearby but no Asda :(
Cake looks so so colourful and scrumptious.

divya said...

Tempting cake...I am drooling over ur clicks...

Rachana said...

I simply love this combination. The clicks are lovely and so is the cake :-)

zareena said...

The cake looks lovely and soft and moist too. Oh, I thought of making this with the dry apricots which were lying from so long in my fridge. But after seeing your last comment its better to make this with fresh ones, I guess.. Loved the addition of almond flakes on top.

Reshmi Ahmed said...

long time visited u shabs.....this cake is a must try ...looks absolutely delicious ! very well presented and always !

Mama's World said...

Like your blog!

Reva said...

Cake looks very festive..:) Apricot and almonds is a very new combination for me and it looks lovely..:)
Asda and Sainsbury mags... come join the gang..:))

vivek said...


This came out as one of the best cakes I ever made.. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

I couldn't find canned apricots here in Bangalore. So tried with fresh ones (So called fresh, its like semi dried that is yellow in color). First attempt it got slightly burned. While making the second one i put them in thick sugar syrup and boiled for some time and the layered on the cake. It came out so well.

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