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Apricot butter cake

Apricot butter cake

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Cuts into 10-12 slices

Just the thing when you have a hungry horde coming over

  • Freezable
Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.57g


  • 150ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 200g butter , melted
  • 350g ripe apricot

For the topping

  • 25g butter , melted
  • 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 3 rounded tbsp toasted flaked almonds


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter a 23cm-deep cake tin (preferably not loose-based, see tip below) and line the base with silicone or baking parchment. Mix the topping ingredients and spread over the base of the tin.

  • STEP 2

    Mix the milk and vanilla together. Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk with a tabletop or hand electric mixer until the mixture is thick, pale and increased in volume, about 5 mins. Test it is ready by lifting the whisk blades – if the mixture briefly leaves a trail, you are ready to proceed.

  • STEP 3

    Add one-third of the flour and whisk slowly to incorporate, then one-third of the milk and mix again. Repeat twice more until all the flour and milk is added. Slowly whisk in the melted butter.

  • STEP 4

    Halve and stone the apricots. Place, cut-side down, in the base of the tin. Pour the cake batter over the top and slide into the oven. Bake for 1-1¼ hrs until the cake is firm to the touch and springs back when lightly pressed.

  • STEP 5

    Cool the cake in the tin for 20 mins, then carefully remove from the tin, peel off the lining paper and serve warm or cold.


If your cake tin has a loose base, line the base and sides with foil, pressing it firmly to the tin, then line the base with baking paper. This will prevent the apricot juices from leaking.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2011


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