Eggless Fresh Apricot Cake




It is the season of apricots in our hills. The season is short and lasts only for a few weeks. Different varieties ripen at a slightly different period giving enough length of time to enjoy the delicious little golden fruits.The fruition got delayed this year due to intermittent cold spells.


The four Apricot trees are laden with fruit. Every morning, it’s a ritual to walk to the orchard and collect the Sun ripened apricots strewn on the dew laden grass. Naturally ripened Apricots have a great flavour and sweetness. 



Last week, all the ripe Apricots were plucked from the trees. Half were used to make Apricot jam. Some were eaten fresh while some were use to bake an Apricot cake. Even the seeds are of value. Kids love to break the shell of the seed and eat the sweet almond hidden inside.


Sometimes simple recipes hold so much charm. Adding fresh fruit to bakes takes them to another level. 



Apricot cake has ¾ cup diced ripe sweet apricots. Every bite has juicy apricots that become fudgy when baked. It is such a delicious summery bake.


Make sure to use ripe and sweet apricots for the cake.

Eggless Apricot Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unrefined sugar
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾   cup diced apricot
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 apricots cut into long thin slices and one apricot halved.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients.
  3. Add butter to warm milk. Let the butter melt completely.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix till you get a smooth batter.
  6. Fold in diced apricots and lemon zest.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Arrange the apricot slices on the top to make a spiral pattern. Place the apricot half in the center.
  9. Bake for 40 -45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool in the rack.
  11. Slice when cold.



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