Apricot Cake


Baking this buttery cake in a big, shallow tart pan ensures that the cake doesn’t get soggy, even as the fruit slices remain juicy. For the best texture, make and serve it on the same day.



  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds*
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 pounds mixed, firm-ripe apricots, pluots, and/or plums, pitted and sliced into 3/4-in.-wide wedges
  • About 2 tsp. powdered sugar

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Whirl almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and whirl to blend.

Step 2

In a large bowl, beat butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, the vanilla, and almond extract with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well blended, then beat in milk (batter will look curdled). Stir in flour mixture until smooth.

Step 3

Butter bottom and sides of a 12- to 13-in. tart pan with a removable rim. Spread batter level in pan. Randomly arrange fruit slices on their wide sides about 1/2 in. apart on batter and press into place. Sprinkle all over with remaining 2 tbsp. granulated sugar.

Step 4

Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake (not in fruit) comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Loosen cake from rim with a knife and remove rim. Sift a light coating of powdered sugar on top and cut into wedges.

Step 5

*Toast almonds in a 350° oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool before grinding.

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