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Heavenly Almond-Apricot Layer Cake

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  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 35 min
  • Servings 16

The combination of tasty fruit and toasted almonds couldn’t get any sweeter than in this heavenly layer cake filled with juicy apricot filling.

Ingredients

Cake

2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup almond flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
3/4
cup butter, softened
1
cup milk
3
eggs
1/4
teaspoon almond extract

Frosting and Filling

6
cups powdered sugar
2/3
cup butter, softened
1/4
cup plus 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
jar (12-oz) apricot preserves (1 cup)

Garnish

3/4
cup toasted sliced almonds

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 (8-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Spread batter in pans.
  • 2 Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap; freeze 15 minutes or refrigerate 30 minutes. With long, sharp serrated knife, cut each cake layer horizontally into 2 layers.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat powdered sugar, 2/3 cup butter and 1/4 cup milk with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in vanilla, almond extract and enough additional milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable.
  • 4 In small bowl, stir preserves until softened. Cut up any large pieces of fruit. On serving plate, place 1 cake layer, cut side up. Frost with 3/4 cup frosting; spread 1/3 cup preserves to within 1/4 inch of edge. Repeat with second and third cake layers, frosting and preserves. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down; frost top and side with remaining frosting. Press sliced almonds generously onto side of cake.

Expert Tips

To toast almonds, spread on cookie sheet. Bake 7 to 10 minutes at 350°F or until golden brown, stirring once.

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 2 (9-inch) round pans; bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
310mg
310%;
Total Carbohydrate
86g
86%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
74g
74%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
6
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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