Upside-down sticky apricot cake

Upside-down sticky apricot cake

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Add a little extra to this cake with saffron strands, don't worry if you don't have any - it's delicious either way

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.62g
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  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 6 apricots, halved



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

For the cake batter

  • 200g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 75ml full-fat milk



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

  • pinch saffron strands (optional), diluted in a little warm water



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 140g plain flour
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almond


  1. Tip the sugar into a deep, ovenproof frying pan. Place over a high heat until caramelised, remove from the heat, then lay the apricots, cut side down, in the caramel, quartering some of the apricots to fit into the gaps. Set aside. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  2. To make the cake batter, use an electric whisk to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the milk and saffron, if using. Fold in the flours and ground almonds, then beat until combined.

  3. Spoon dollops of the batter over the apricots and smooth over with the back of a spoon. Bake for 40 mins until puffed up and golden. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 10 mins. Invert the cake onto a plate and leave to cool. Cut into wedges. Serve with crème fraîche, if you like.

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27th Sep, 2017
I should have read the reviews first as the mixture was very dry so I think that reducing the flour like someone said would be the right thing to do. I had already mixed them together so went with adding some more milk to get a better consistency and it turned out OK.. I also put the sugar in a Pyrex dish in the oven on very high to make the caramel as I don't have a frying pan that can go in the oven. That seemed to work well and it wasn't too hard. Cake tasted quite egg-y for some reason but was nice all the same.
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15th Jul, 2013
It was very tasty but extremely sweet cake (even for the person who loves sweet- sweet cakes like me :). The glaze didn't work out well (even I followed the recipe precisely) and the cake didn't look like on a picture even thou it still looked very good. The cake wasn't dry at all, the flavour was nice. All my family loved this cake (apart from hard- sticky glaze and sugar to extream but we had tea without sugar :) lol. I will make this cake again but without glaze and with much less sugar.
9th Jun, 2013
The cake turned out dry and the saffron wasn't a good flavour match for the apricots. I won't be making this cake ever again.
28th Sep, 2010
I made this but I put the halved apricots on top of the batter and made it as a tray bake I also reduced the amount of flour as the mix was getting quite dry, so I used 140g SF and only 60g plain. It was lovely and moist but needed a bit longer cooking. I will definitely use my modified recipe again
12th Apr, 2010
There looks like a lot more than 6 halved apricots in the picture. Are 6 really enough or would it benefit from more.
14th Jun, 2008
I agree most people would make it over and over again!
3rd Jun, 2008
The picture looks fantastic. I was inspired to bake. I added brown sugar to the apricots to give it a softer crust and it was delicious.
18th Jan, 2008
Very disappointing - would not recommend this recipe - I feel I've wasted some lovely ingredients. The cake has risen well, but the bottom is covered in a crisp thin layer of caramelised sugar - there is not much "stickiness" about it. Looks nothing like the photo - and I followed the recipe to the letter.
17th Mar, 2014
Can I use tin apricots, draining them first like when making a pineapple one?
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31st Mar, 2014
Hi there. Yes they will work well, just make sure you drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
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