Apricot Almond Cake

If you are like me and keep buying irrestibily good looking fruit and then wonder what to do with it, then this recipe is for you. I originally found this Dan Lepard recipe for an apricot tart quite interesting. However, when I finally got down to using up some lovely apricots I got from the supermarket, I decided to make a cake instead.

apricot cake

fresh apricot cake

I would change just one thing if I were to make it again – I’d use a slightly bigger cake tin. The 20-inch tin I used made the cake thicker than I wanted it to be and hence, it was difficult to cut a truly modest slice. Not a bad thing however if you’re in the mood for some indulgence.

I first poured the cake batter into a really large 26-28cm cake tin and then realised it was too big for the job and then muttering under my breath, somehow transfered the batter, baking paper and all to a smaller tin which then made the cake too thick (as it rises during baking). It was good that the rest of the family was out for the morning and I was on my own so there was no one around to face my irritation. It only got worse when I discovered later that some of the batter had leaked through and effectively sealed the upper part of the tin to the base making it quite a task to get the cake out.

Phew! Anyway, moral of the story – have a medium sized cake tin on hand for most regular cake recipes and don’t sweat it if things start going awry (easier said than done!).

ground almond apricot cake

almond cake

After managing to get the cake out in one piece, I did recover soon enough to enjoy a nice slice with everybody else with afternoon coffee.

Irrespective of cake tin sizes, this cake is a great way of using up any summer stone fruit you have lying around be it peaches, plums or even nectarines. So go on and give it a try.

uses for apricots

Apricot Almond Cake


about 6-8 apricots

200g sugar + an extra 2tbsp

150g butter

3 medium eggs

a few drops of vanilla extract

150g self raising flour

100g ground almonds

a few almond slices


Preheat the oven to 180C (conventional). Grease and line a 20 or 24cm springform cake tin and set aside.

Slice the apricots into halves. Remove the pits and place the halves in a bowl. Sprinkle the 2tbsp of sugar over the fruit and set aside to soften while you prepare the batter. You may also add a splash of alcohol or liquer to add extra flavour. I added some rum at this stage.

apricot halves

cake with apricots

In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Sieve together the flour and ground almonds. Fold this through the sugar-butter mixture and mix well. If the batter looks too thick, you can add a few splashes of milk to get it to a thinner consistency.

Transfer the batter to the cake tin. Arrange the apricot halves on the surface of the cake batter in concentric circles. Sprinkle the almond slices over the top.

recipes with apricots

apricot almond cake

Place the tin in the oven and bake for an hour or until cooked through. If the cake’s browning too quickly, cover the top of the tin loosely with a sheet of aluminium foil.

Remove tin from oven and let it cool on a wire rack before taking the cake out.

apricot and almond recipe

recipe for apricot cake

Serve generous slices warm or cool and enjoy it with a cup of coffee or as dessert with some whipped cream on the side if you like.


  1. says

    Thank you so much for posting this cake. The instructions were easy to follow and the results were excellent. We really enjoyed eating the cake, as a dessert with ice cream and it yielded 8 slices. And by the way, I added some booz too. It was delicious. Have a wonderful day!


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