Ingredients

Apricot Filling

  • 500 grams (1 pound) apricots
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Cake Layers

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sugar
  • 200 grams (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in lemon juice
  • 500 grams (4 cups) flour

Merengue Frosting

  • 4 egg whites
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sugar

Equipment

  • Blender

    For blending the apricots and sugar into a smooth filling. High speed settings work best!

  • Mixing Bowls

    You'll need a few mixing bowls for separating eggs and blending ingredients. Ensure they're clean and dry for the best results.

  • Electric Mixer

    An electric mixer will help you achieve the perfect consistency for both the cake batter and the meringue frosting.

  • Baking Trays and Parchment Paper

    Line the trays with parchment paper to ensure your cake layers bake evenly without sticking.

  • Oven

    Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) to bake your cake layers to golden perfection.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare Apricot Filling

Blend the apricots with sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.
Let it cool and add the juice of 1 lemon.

Step 2

Prepare Cake Layers

Separate egg whites from yolks.
Beat egg yolks with sugar until fluffy.
Add softened butter, sour cream, and baking soda dissolved in lemon juice, then mix well.
Gradually add flour and mix until a smooth dough forms.
Divide the dough into 6 portions and bake each portion at 180°C (350°F) until golden brown.

Step 3

Assemble the Cake

Spread apricot filling on each cake layer as you stack them.
Cover the cake with meringue frosting made by beating egg whites with sugar.
Serve and enjoy your delicious lemon apricot pastry!

Servings

Looking to delight your guests with this scrumptious Lemon Apricot Cake? 🥳 Here are some serving ideas that are sure to add an extra layer of fun and flavor:

🎂 Elegant Celebration: Place your cake on a beautiful cake stand and garnish with fresh apricots and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a sophisticated look. This makes for a stunning centerpiece at any bridal shower or birthday party.

🍨 With a Scoop of Ice Cream: Serve a slice of this tender cake with a scoop of vanilla or apricot ice cream. The combination of warm cake and cool ice cream is simply irresistible.

🥂 Tasty Brunch Dessert: Pair your Lemon Apricot Cake with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of sparkling mimosa. The citrusy notes of the cake are a perfect match for a late morning treat.

Remember, the best part of this cake is sharing it with those you love. Enjoy every bite! 😋

Variations

Looking to enjoy this delightful cake with dietary modifications? We've got you covered!

🌱 Vegan Version:
  • 🔄 Replace the egg yolks with 4 tablespoons of flaxseed meal mixed with 9 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • 🔄 Use vegan butter and sour cream alternatives to maintain the richness of the cake.
  • 🔄 For meringue frosting, substitute the egg whites with aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) and beat with sugar until peaks form.


🌾 Gluten-Free Option:
  • 🔄 Swap the regular flour with a high-quality gluten-free flour blend. Almond flour can also be a great choice for a nutty twist.


Now you can enjoy this delicious cake, whether you're vegan or gluten-free! 🥳

Faq

  • What if I don't have a blender?

    If you don't have a blender, you can finely chop the apricots and cook them down with sugar until they're soft enough to mash with a fork.

  • Can I use a different fruit for the filling?

    Absolutely! Feel free to substitute apricots with peaches, berries, or even apples. Just adjust the sugar content to taste.

  • How do I prevent my cake layers from sticking?

    Make sure to line your baking trays with parchment paper and lightly grease them. This will ensure your layers come out cleanly.

  • Can the cake layers be made in advance?

    Yes, you can bake the cake layers a day ahead. Just wrap them in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

  • Is there a way to make the meringue frosting more stable?

    Adding a pinch of cream of tartar while beating the egg whites can help stabilize the meringue, making your frosting even fluffier and more resilient.

  • Can I use a different type of sugar for the meringue?

    Yes, superfine sugar works best for meringue, but you can also use granulated sugar. Just make sure it's fully dissolved to avoid a gritty texture.

Nutrition facts

Lemon Apricot Pastry Delight
Recipe Yield:12 servings
Calories:Per serving
Calories (Min - Max):300 - 350
Total Fat:14g
Saturated Fat:8g
Protein:4g
Total Carbohydrate:48g
Total Sugars:31g