Apricot Cake Recipe

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Apricot Cake is a must-make cake in the summer: it’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and is perfect for entertaining! This coffee cake has a moist and soft crumb with bursts of apricot flavor in every bite. It is made with 2 pounds of fresh apricots and tastes so delicious even if your apricots are not-so-tasty.

A few year ago when we went to Mallorca, a Spanish Island in the Mediterranean Sea, I had the most delicious apricots ever! I think that spoiled me for the rest of my life. Those apricots were so good, perfectly ripe and so flavorful.

Now I’m always disappointed when I buy apricots at the grocery store. The often look better than they taste, most of the time they’re bland in flavor and mealy in texture. But miraculously when you bake these not so perfect apricots they will get sweet and flavorful with just the right amount of tartness.

So if you also suffer from not-so-tasty apricots this recipe is perfect to transform them into a delicious summer dessert!

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Tips and Tricks for making this Apricot Cake

  • This recipe works great with every apricot – even underripe (or overripe) ones! I often bake this cake when I don’t want to eat the apricots I bought.
  • In Germany, this cake is called Aprikosenkuchen and it is often served with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.
  • This cake is super moist because of the pureed fruit in the batter. Make sure to test with a skewer if the cake is done. The skewer should have only a few moist crumbs attached.
  • If you have apricot jam on hand brush 1 tbsp over the apricots after you’ve taken the cake out of the oven for a more intense flavor.
  • I like to dust my cake with powdered sugar before I serve it, especially if the apricots are not as sweet.
  • Instead of apricots, you could also use fresh peaches!
  • You can bake this cake in a regular 9-inch baking pan. To get the cake out of the pan use parchment paper strips to lift it out or use parchment paper rounds with tabs (link below).
  • This cake should be stored in the fridge. Take it out 1/2 hour before serving to come back to room temperature.

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Looking for more cakes made with fresh fruit?

Many of these recipes work with all kinds of fresh fruit!

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Tools used for making this Apricot Cake Recipe

Springform Pan: A springform pan works best for this recipe! This one is high quality and is perfect for cheesecakes, coffee cakes, and many European Cakes.
Immersion Blender: I love my immersion blender! You can puree soups right in the pot and it’s super easy to clean.
Parchment Paper Rounds with tabs: These make it super easy to lift out the cake of the pan if you don’t have a springform pan! Or make your own with parchment paper strips.

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.
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Easy Apricot Cake Recipe

Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 251 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh apricots halved and cored (800g)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature (115g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (260g)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray or butter. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor or immersion blender puree half of the apricots with the lemon juice and set aside.

  3. Quarter remaining apricots and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  6. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the mixture and beat until just combined.
  7. Add pureed apricots to the batter and beat until just combined.
  8. Transfer batter to the prepared springform pan. Distribute the quartered apricots evenly on top of the batter and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few crumbs attached.
  9. Let cool then dust with powdered sugar.

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Apricot Cake is so easy to make from scratch! This simple but so flavorful cake is topped with fresh apricots and is perfect for summer entertaining.

4 Comments

  • Ivana

    I made this cake today,and it tastes wonderful!!
    But texsture of mine is not like cake it turned out kinda gummy,does that mean i overbaked it or underbaked? Thank you fot the recipe! 🙂

    • Julia

      So glad you liked it even so it didn’t come out as expected. Overmixing can cause too much gluten production and can result in a rubbery texture. So I don’t think you overbaked or underbaked. Perhaps you mixed too long after adding the flour. I try to mix as little as possible (at low to medium speed or with a rubber spatula) after adding the dry ingredients, you don’t want flour pockets but you should stop mixing after everything is just combined. I hope you give the cake another try! Have a great day! – Julia

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