Sunday, January 17, 2010

Viv's birthday - Apricot cake

Today was Viv's birthday. Viv works in our finance section at work, so this is a sneak preview - she won't see this cake until tomorrow.

The cake is Aprikosenkuchen, or Apricot Cake. According to, it is a popular cake in Germany that many Germans learn to make by heart. The recipe for this cake can be found

Viv is Chinese, not German, but I still think she'd like this cake. I made it in a sweet heart-shaped pan, inspired by Sally Seltmann's film clip for
Harmony to My Heartbeat - her heart-shaped layer cake is so cute that I really wanted to make a heart-shaped cake myself.

I may have left my cake in the oven for a teensy bit too much time, because the apricots started to brown; however, as I was using a very different size and shape of cake tin to that called for in the recipe, I wanted to be sure that the cake was cooked through before taking it out of the oven.

I can't comment on the taste of this cake yet, because I am saving it for Viv tomorrow - but I will try and update this post then with the feedback.

Postscript - this cake was good - it was certainly not a sweet cake, and is on the more substantial side, but it would be perfect for someone who is not really a sweet tooth.

Hope you all had a good weekend!


Jennifer said...

Viv is SO lucky!

This cake is beautiful!!!!

I love how you always give us a bit of history on the items you post. I always learn something new.:)

Flourchild said...

What a sweet friend and co worker you are. Im sure she will enjoy this beautiful cake!!

Annalisa said...

Looks delicious!I love the apricots,and thank you for sharing and for the recipe.Your blog is very interesting and now I'm following you!
Have a lovely sunday!

Happy Cook said...

Love the heart shape and i can imgaing from the name that the cake would taste yumm.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Jennifer, glad you enjoy the bits and pieces I put in.

Thanks Michelle - hope she does.

Hi Annalisa, thanks for following me. You have a lovely Sunday too.

Hi Happy Cook, I hope so - will find out in a few hours now.

Nutmeg Nannny said...

I love that you made it heart's so cute!!!

Brenda said...

Heart shaped cake gets bonus points! : )

Anonymous said...

It looks so nice in the heart shape, and sounds very delicious. I love apricots. I hope the birthday girl likes it!

Gloria said...

Cakelaw this look absolutely nice and delicious! xx gloria

Anita said...

That's lovely you brought it into work for her. Your work friends must be very happy to have you working with them :)

The Caked Crusader said...

Gorgeous cake - I don't think I've ever used apricots in a cake; can't fathom why as they're lovely!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this heart shape apricot cake!! So cute :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ahh how sweet making it into a heart shape! :D Those German and Austrian cakes aren't very sweet are they! They seem to like tart flavours in some sweets too :)

Johanna GGG said...

gorgeous shape and lovely way to use apricots - almost makes me wish I was german when I heard how common it is there