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A cake that looks so impressive but is actually very easy. Lovely to eat for afternoon tea.


  • Topping

  • 100 g unsalted butter

  • 12 Apricots halved and stoned

  • 1 Juice and zest Lemon

  • 1 cup caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • Cake

  • 100 g unsalted butter

  • 1 cup caster sugar

  • 4 Eggs seperated

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1.25 cups Plain Flour

  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder


  • Topping:

  • 1.

    To make the topping, place the butter, sugar and lemon juice in a non-stick frying pan, with a metal handle over medium heat and melt.

  • 2.

    Cook gently for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat and boil remaining liquid in the pan for 5 more minutes until a rich caramel forms.

  • 3.

    Remove from the heat and arrange apricots face down in the pan.

  • Cake:

  • 1.

    To make the cake, preheat the oven to 180C.

  • 2.

    Place butter and sugar in a bowl and cream until light and fluffy.

  • 3.

    Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla.

  • 4.

    Gently fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.

  • 5.

    In a small, clean, dry bowl; beat egg whites until stiff. Fold through cake mixture with a large metal spoon. Spoon evenly over the apricots and smooth with a spatula.

  • 6.

    Bake cake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake - comes out clean.

  • 7.

    Remove cake from the oven and leave in the pan for 5 minutes.

  • 8.

    Turn cake over onto serving plate and serve.

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Posted by OsvaldoReport
I love your recipes!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for make my life "delicious". From Argentina, Osvaldo.
Posted by Nurit2Report
what size pan should I be using? does the pan go strain into the oven?
Posted by Report
It's not a very large cake. I used a 12cm (base) square tin. Only needed 8 apricots to cover the base rather than 12 as stated in the recipe.
Posted by Report
Forgot to mention, I lined the tin with baking paper as I was a little worried the topping would stick. Cake slid out oo the tin beautifully.
Posted by MF58Report
Thankyou for this easy and delicious recipe, which slides out of the pan beautifully. I used pears and they worked wonderfully.