Almond cake with apricots and lavender crumb

This is the next propose of using seasonal fruits – here apricots but you can use plums or cherries as well. It is common sponge like cake however not so common because of addition of small almonds’ pieces which you will feel as crunch by eating. On the top of cake lie apricots and whole cake is covered with lavender crumb. The cake smells beautiful during baking and after and taste very nice. Some gentleness of cake, some sourness of apricots and some sweetness of fragrant crumb exist here accordingly. Enjoy!

 

round pan 8 inch

 

 Ingredients for cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • 75 g almonds, chopped finely (but not almond flour)
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 6-7 apricots, pitted and halved

 Crumb topping:

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 25 g almonds, chopped finely (but not almond flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon dried lavender flowers or 1 tablespoon fresh flowers

 

 

Grease and line baking pan. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. The mixture could look curdled but it could be so.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and almond flour. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Pour cake mixture into prepared pan. On the top of cake lie halved apricots cut part up. Pour over lavender crumb. Bake for 60-70 minutes (until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean). Cool in pan for 20 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make crumb: mix together all ingredients until smooth crumbs form.

 

 

 

 

 

The recipe is inspired by Cherry Crumb Cake from 'Bake from scratch', however changed a lot by me.

Category: Fruits cakes.

Tags: almonds, apricots, lavender.

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