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This beautiful cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Smaller apricots work best and this recipe is designed with fresh, BC apricots in mind. However, canned or frozen will also work in a pinch, so you can use this recipe year-round.
The reserved solids can be served alongside the cake too if you like, or reserved and used as jam for other recipes. For a finer texture (as shown in the photos), run the solids through a food mill or chinois.
Springform alternatives: If you don’t have a springform pan, you can use a 9 or 10 inch standard cake pan lined with parchment paper, or a Pyrex baking dish. Note that the baking times may vary depending on the pan you use, so be sure to check on the doneness of your cake regularly.
Flour: All-purpose unbleached flour was used in this recipe but you bleached flour or cake flour can be substituted. I highly recommend measuring your flour by weight, rather than volume. My 1.5 cups of flour weighed 250 grams (8.8 oz) – considerably more than the ‘standard’ 120 gram-per-cup weight given by many sources. If you can’t weigh your flour, note that the 1.5 cups given here is for packed, non-sifted flour; sifted flour has a lot more air in it, and therefore lower weight. Sifted, non-packed flour (which is closer to the 120 grams-per-cup measurement mentioned above) will require about 2 cups.
Baking powder: This recipe was developed with North American style double-acting baking powder. You can substitute German (or other) single acting baking powder at the same volume, but the absence of the heat-activated secondary rising agent will cause the cake to puff up a little less during the baking process.
Apricot sweetness/ripeness: Try to use fairly soft, ripe, sweet apricots to make this cake. Firmer/unripe apricots can work, but their sourness and bitterness can be amplified somewhat by cooking. If your apricots are ripe but a little bland, you can adjust for the missing sweetness by using more of the apricot glaze to brush the finished cake. Finally, if apricots are out of season (or disappointing), you can use good quality canned ones instead.