Orange & apricot loaf cake

Orange & apricot loaf cake

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
A classic fruit sponge cake with apricots and citrus shared by reader Ann Turner - it's perfect with a cup of tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal430
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre4g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g dried apricot, chopped
  • zest 2 large orange, juice of 1



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • drop of milk (optional)



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 50g icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment. In a saucepan, heat the apricots with the orange zest and all but 1 tbsp of the juice. Simmer gently for 5 mins until the apricots have absorbed all the juice. Set aside to cool.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour. Stir in the cooled apricots. If the mixture is dry at this stage, add a drop of milk.

  3. Scrape the batter into the tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 50 mins-1 hr until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins before removing, then leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Gradually add the reserved orange juice to the icing sugar, stirring until smooth and slightly runny. Drizzle the icing in a zigzag pattern over the top of the cake and leave to set.

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11th Apr, 2019
Tasted lovely!! Made quite a crumbly cake though despite adding quite a generous amount of milk so think I will reduce the amount of flour next time too and see how that goes :).
15th Sep, 2018
Had a few friends over for tea and it was gobbled up fast. Will definitely make it again for the upset family who just got the crumbs. :-)
11th May, 2016
Here's the comment that I got from my friend who was the first one to taste it: "We'll talk later". And then he finished almost the whole thing. 10 stars!
28th Feb, 2016
this cake was delicious - very easy to make & very substantial - excellent for morning tea. Family loved it & it's gone on my make again list.
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21st Sep, 2015
Lovely recipe and great inspiration for my blog! Please read if your interested :)
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21st Sep, 2015
Great recipe. I wrote about your recipe on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration! Bakealoaf.
24th Nov, 2014
Turned out moist and tasty. A definite favourite
18th Oct, 2014
Made this last week use a 9"x11" tin, baked for 50 mins and it was very good flavour and moist
11th Jul, 2014
This had a lovely flavour and although I followed the recipe and baking times it was quite dry; definitely need the 'cup of tea' with it.
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21st Sep, 2015
I found the same, a tad dry but I think it would be good to add a tablespoon of orange juice!
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