Apricot and Almond Cake

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I love this combination of flavours and quite often make a tart (see Apricot and Almond tart) but I always feel anything made with pastry has way too many calories! I found this recipe on the Asda website which is basically the same but without the pastry. The addition of Almond essence really enhances the flavour.

Ingredients: (pre heat oven to 180c and grease a 23cm cake tin)

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Few drops Asda Extra Special Almond Extract
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 1 lemon, zest of
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 411g can apricots, drained
  • 50g whole blanched almonds


  • Beat the butter, sugar and almond extract together until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour with the second one. Add the rest of the flour, the almonds, lemon zest and milk, and fold in gently.
  • Put the mixture in the cake tin and level the top. Arrange the drained apricots evenly on top, then put the almonds in between them.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the middle.

Serve warm with creme fraiche, cream or custard


My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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