Stone Fruit, otherwise known as the summer fruit, certainly live up to their reputation. They have juicy, fibrous, aromatic, sweet taste and texture. In short, a perfect fruit to bake with. Eating a Vanilla Cake with fresh apricots or peaches and cream is so pleasurable, especially during the summer. So why not combine these two flavors and create Fresh Apricot Cake to uplift your dull summer mood.
Baking with stone fruits is a summer ritual, that we follow diligently. Last year, same time, we baked Eggless Sponge Fruit Cake – a simple vanilla flavored sponge cake transformed with a few decorative ingredients into a layered summer stone fruit cake. This time, Fresh Apricot Cake was on our mind even before the apricot started appearing in the market. This Apricot cake has summer goodness written all over it. I highly recommend serving this cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream, chopped fresh apricots and a drizzle of honey. So so good!
For making the cake batter, I always use my KitchenAid and . Both are equally good. Of course, you can get both of these hand blenders on our beloved Amazon (here for the KitchenAid, and ), hopefully, both of them will get delivered at your doorstep. Even for our Indian kitchen, Hand Blender is a must-have kitchen gadget. From whisking dal paste for vada, dosa, churning white butter or making lassi it does it all with the blink of an eye. There are zillions of creative ways to use the Hand Blender in everyday cooking. You can start with something as simple as Fresh Apricot Cake.. No, it is not a sponsored post, but many a times friends and readers come back with a question, ‘What is the best way to get a light and airy cake?’ And my answer to them is, use a hand blender to prepare the batter. This way, you can incorporate required amount of air in the batter and the cake has a fantastic texture due to uniform whisking. Why ? One, I have used it personally and liked it. Second, it is pocket-friendly as well. On certain, flash sale days at you can get it for INR. 1,500, so budget friendly isn’t it? I have personally used two hand blenders –
Learn how to make Fresh Apricot Cake in few simple steps using a hand blender:
- 2 Cup all-purpose flour maida
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 Cup olive oil
- 1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 Cup buttermilk
- 5 - 6 medium-size apricots sliced
- 2 tbsp sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175° C). Grease a 9x9 cake pan with a teaspoon of butter. Set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Cream the olive, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl using a hand blender ( buy it here ) for 3 - 5 minutes at medium speed.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 - 2 minutes after each addition.
- Now combine the flour and the egg mixture. Add the buttermilk and mix well to form a smooth lump free batter.
- Make sure not to over mix the batter. If the batter seems too thick and dry add 1/4 Cup of lukewarm milk. Stir once again to mix.
- Spread the batter evenly into the greased pan.
- Arrange the sliced apricots, cut side down, in circles on top of the batter.
- Sprinkle the two tablespoons sugar over the apricots.
- Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Once the cake is baked, allow it to cool over a wire rack ( buy it here ).
- Serve Fresh Apricot Cake with vanilla ice-cream or cream.
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