Apricot and Orange Cake
This fruity and zesty Apricot and Orange Cake is perfect for afternoon tea in the sunshine. Best enjoyed with friends!
8 oz butter
8 oz caster sugar
10 oz plain flour
1 level teaspoon of baking powder
1 orange, Juice and grated rind
2 oz chopped dried apricots
Line a 2lb loaf tin with a piece of foil large enough to leave a 5″ frill above the edge of the tin. Preheat the oven to 150°C/ Gas Mark 2
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour and baking powder together, fold into the creamed mixture alternately with the orange rind, juice and chopped apricots. Mix lightly using a metal spoon until smooth.
Put the mixture into the prepared tin and make a well in the centre of the mixture. Place the whole apricots on top and bake in the centre of a moderate oven, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Grasp the foil, removed the cake from the tin, allow to become quite cold, then wrap completely in the surplus foil. Store in a cool place for up to 7-10 days.