Monday, 11 August 2014

Apricot and Almond Tray Cake

When I first saw the recipe for this apricot cake in a cookbook by a Japanese baker, I couldn't help wanting to bake it immediately. The photo looks so tempting and it just beckons me to try it! The cookbook was printed in Chinese and I'm rather embarrassed to admit that my Chinese isn't the best. Nevertheless, I tried my hardest to understand what was written and being an avid baker, I managed to understand most of what's going on.

I'm happy to say the cake turned out beautifully and it tasted simply gorgeous! It was so good I baked another tray for my aunt who called back a few days later to say it was simply delicious ....

And guess what,  a few days later I found out that somebody else has tried the same recipe and posted it in her blog ... in English! Now why didn't I see that before!

Apricot and Almond Tray Cake
Recipe adapted from Happy Home Baking

(makes nine 6cm squares)

100g unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
30g caster sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 egg whites
60g caster sugar

80g cake flour
40g + 30g ground almond (almond powder)

9 apricot halves (canned apricots)
some almond flakes


  1. Wash the canned apricots to remove the syrup, drain, pat dry with paper towel and set aside. 
  2. Place butter in a mixing bowl, beat with a wooden spoon or a balloon whisk till smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture turns pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add in the egg yolks (a teaspoon at a time), whisking after each addition.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract, whisk to combine. Set aside.
  5. In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat egg whites with a handheld electric mixer on low speed until mixture becomes frothy and foamy. Add half of the sugar and turn to high speed and beat the mixture. Continue to add in the remaining sugar and beat until the egg whites reaches the soft peak stage. The soft peak stage is reached when the peaks of the whites curl over and droop slightly. The egg whites should appear smooth and glossy.
  6. Add the beaten egg whites into the butter and egg yolk batter in 2 separate additions, each time folding gently with a spatula until just blended.
  7. Sieve over the flour and 40g of ground almond (almond powder). Fold with the spatula until just combined.
  8. Spoon half of the batter into a 18cm square pan (lined with parchment paper). Spread and smooth out the batter evenly. Arrange the apricots, cut side down.
  9. Add 30g of ground almond into the remaining batter. Fold with a spatula until just combined. Place batter into a piping bag (I used a plastic grocery bag). Snip off the tip of the piping bag and pipe the batter horizontally and vertically along the edges of the pan and in between the apricots. Sprinkle almond flakes on the surface of the piped batter. 
  10. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 30-35 mins or until the surface turns golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and leave to cool for about 5 mins. Unmould and transfer to wire rack, leave to cool completely.


  1. Ive tried this recipe too but somehow or rather I feel my apricot taste so sour. Nevertheless, I love those almonds in the cakes....taste so yummy.

    1. Mel, yes, apricots can be a bit sourish but the sweetness from the cake help to balance the flavour.