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Apricot Cake Tatin

June 27, 2011

Apricots anyone? Basically a fancy way of saying apricot upside down cake, Apricot Cake “Tatin” is my most recent baking experiment gone very good! Inspired by a Barefoot Contessa Plum Cake Tatin, this sweet and somewhat tart stone fruit brings contrast to a traditionally sweet and syrupy dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and you’ve got yourself a slice of flavor heaven, perfect for summer.

{photos by Freutcake}

Apricot Cake TatinAdapted from Barefoot Contessa Plum Cake Tatin

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish
10 -12 apricots, cut in half and pitted
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F; generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the apricots in the dish, cut side down. Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don’t stir. Pour evenly over the apricots. Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined. Pour the cake batter evenly over the apricots and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If an apricot sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake. Enjoy!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2011 6:47 pm

    That looks delish! I love apricots but am never quite sure what to do with them. 🙂

  2. June 27, 2011 6:49 pm

    I love apricots SO MUCH! I have to try this!!

  3. June 29, 2011 5:15 pm


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