Almond Apricot Cake

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When I enrolled for the Bake-a-thon with Valli in October, I was in a lot of thought. How would the whole thing be? I have been a part of the Blogging Marathon for a few months now and it is a more themed activity, but this was thirteen days of baked goodies, with no specific theme as such. Since I had drafts available – referred to as “magic folder” by the BM team πŸ˜€ – and I thought I would be able to pull it out, I jumped into it and I am glad I took the plunge. Now looking back at all the posts I did for this marathon baking initiative, I am glad I participated in it. I sincerely hope I have done justice to it and selected the best of the baking recipes that I have tried, tested and succeeded in my kitchen. Do check out the tag “Bake-a-thon” to see all the posts done for this month.

 

Now we are on the last post for this series, and I couldn’t find anything more apt than sharing this very interesting Almond Apricot Cake. Apricots is something that I buy and eat whenever it is in season, being one of my favorite fruits and almonds is a kitchen staple. I need to keep some all the time – to munch them along side with some dates or to have them as my post workout snack. Combining both of them seemed to be a very novel idea and I am so glad I did try it!

 

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The inspiration for the cake came from this link. It is loaded with almonds in and out, since we use it for the body of the cake with a small portion of all purpose flour. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it gluten free by using gluten-free flour. Due to the heavy portion of ground almonds in the batter, the cake is on the denser side but the flavor of it is amazing. My girls didn’t enjoy it, they prefer spongy cakes as is with all kids, but HD and B loved the cake. I enjoyed it with a cup of black coffee, it seemed to go so well with it. Actually, it reminded me of the Flourless Clementine Cake I had baked some time ago. The next time I bake it, I will add some more chopped apricots and maybe a couple of spoons of apricot jam into the batter for more apricot flavor.

 

So that brings to an end the posts for the Bake-a-thon 2017. It was an interesting experience of posting all baked goodies on the blog as well as all the other bloggers who participated and bought along such interesting bakes along with them…

 

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5 from 3 votes

Almond Apricot Cake

Course Cake
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 oz aprictos chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 meduim eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Cover the bottom of an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease well.
  • Sprinkle 1/8 cup of the almonds all over the parchment paper.
  • Add the remaining almonds, sugar and salt in a grinder and blend till finely ground. Empty this into a bowl.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and butter and blend with a beater till smooth.
  • Add in the flour and baking powder and just mix till combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and drop the slices of chopped apricots randomly in it. Tap the pan slightly to flatten the top.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or till skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes before flipping onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

To make the cake gluten-free, substitute the all purpose flour with gluten free flour.

 

This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2017

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  1. hmm
    I like this one

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks!

  2. cake looks so tempting Rafee! Happy new year!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  3. 5 stars
    Rafee this looks beautiful!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria!

  4. Magic folders are always a blessing , I survived the complete Bakeathon of 13 posts with my magic folder, but now I have a huge list of bookmarks .
    This apricot and almond cake looks fantastic , almond cakes are always dense , but they taste delicious and apricot is such a great flavour .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Bookmarks are never decreasing! I have loads of printouts, many on Pinterest and more on my mobile, so it’s all over the place! Hehe… Thank you so much Vaishali…

  5. Are you sure only 2ΒΌ tbsp all purpose flour is all needed?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour… the recipe card is updated. Thank you for pointing out the error…

  6. A simple yet very delicious afternoon tea accompaniment!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  7. Definitely an interesting combination for cake, you know wat apricot is my favourite fruit and i can finish a kg of apricot myself without any guilt. Now i have to wait for the apricot season to bake this unique combo cake. Enjoyed your baked during this Bakeathon sis. You simply rocked.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is the same here too, most of the apricots are always eaten! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Priya akka for your kind comments….

  8. Awesome plate and photography angles

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Tuma…

  9. Rafeeda, it was wonderful having you for the Bakeathon series. I enjoyed all your bakes and couldn’t believe you have so many baked and kept ready!..hats off on that…coming to today’s recipe, the cake looks stunning, I would surely love to dig into it!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Valli… it just so happened that I had enough bakes to sustain the series…

  10. This apricot almond cake sounds delicious. I’ll try to make it with apricot crush that I have in plenty in my kitchen and it needs to be used up. Thanks for giving me the this idea.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ritu…

  11. I love it when the cakes are made using healthier flours. Loved thus one as well.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pankti…

  12. The cake looks so yummy with all those almonds and apricot.Beautiful presentation πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana… πŸ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    woah! This is super delicious… loved it and even tried it. cooking was perfect. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  14. That’s such a rich and dense cake. Looks amazing. I make scones with apricots and almonds and the combination is just awesome. So I know this cake would be a great hit.
    LOVED all your bakes in this series Rafeeda. So glad you could join in.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The idea of scones is awesome, must try! Thank you so much for your lovely comments…

  15. This is a wonderful idea. Almond apricot cake sounds really delicious. Will keep in mind to choose gluten-free flour instead. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will try this really soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sheila…

  16. Aww the magic folder guys, i can never have more than 2, max 3 thats it!!! Apricot cake looks delicious, that plate accents the cake so beautifully!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Don’t worry, my magic folder is shrinking! Hehe… thank you so much Priya…

  17. 5 stars
    perfect tea time snack cake – I love the simple flavors in this cake

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mir…

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