Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, which means I will be handing one of these cakes over to each of my Nans. Apricot cake just happens to be their favourite Christmas cake and for the past couple of years it has been my Christmas gift to them. Not only is this cake moist and delicious, but it's comprised of simple ingredients. I found this recipe on Rock Recipes which is a blog by a fellow Newfoundlander. I would highly recommend this site to anyone! Some amazing recipes on there.
- 2 cups Water
- ½ cup Sultana Raisins
- 1¼ cup Sugar
- 12 oz Dried Chopped Apricots
- 1 cup Butter
- 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4 oz Cream Cheese
- 2 ½ cups Flour
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 4 Eggs
1) In a medium saucepan combine water, raisins, 1/4 cup sugar and dried apricots. Simmer very gently for 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Tip from Rock Recipes: 'I like to boil the fruit a day ahead of baking, allowing the dried fruits to soak up syrup which keeps them moist during baking and in turn assures a moist cake throughout.'
2) Cream together butter, remaining sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
|looking a little nasty at this point but will be deliciousness soon enough!|
3) Next, sift together flour and baking powder. Fold half of the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Fold in the cooled boiled apricot mixture, followed by the remaining dry ingredients.
4) Bake in a greased tube pan or two loaf pans at 350 degrees F for about an hour or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cake was ready in about 45 minutes, so be sure to monitor your cake as it bakes.
That's it, a little bit of work with a fabulous result! Enjoy everyone!