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

4 eggs

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.