Thursday, July 23, 2015

Austrian Apricot Cake *Marillenkucken

Boy, do I have a delicious recipe for you! While visiting my in-laws in Austria, they have a huge apricot tree in their garden that is producing an abundance of these golden, juicy treats. Apricots have the perfect blend of sweet and sour and are just the right size for a healthy snack on a hot Summer's day. But do you know what is even better than fresh fruit?? Cake! 

I'm not a super fan of cake with fruit in it (I'll admit it) and I was hesitant to try this cake out of the fact that chunks of fruit in cake just doesn't do it for me. I was so glad that I tried it (to set an example for my kids to try it ha) because it seriously is one of the best cakes I've ever had. It's not too sweet and the apricots add just the right amount of texture and sour to the cake. The kids and I ended up eating so much that Oma had to make another cake. I knew I had to share the recipe because if I was eating fruit cake, I knew this recipe must be a good one. 

Marillenkucken *Apricot Cake

Ingredients: *side note, this recipe works best with an electric mixer or an electric hand mixer
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup or 1.5 sticks of butter
  • 90g powdered sugar
  • 70g granulated sugar
  • 180g white flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 kg or 2.2 lbs. *about 10 apricots, sliced 
  • Slice the apricots into thin slices and set aside
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together egg whites and granulated sugar until white & fluffy, set aside
  • In a large electric mixer or mixing bowl, combine butter and powdered sugar until completely mixed. Add vanilla, a pinch of salt and egg yolks. Combine all these ingredients thoroughly
  • Add in the egg and sugar mixture and combine
  • Mix in flour and baking powder, mixing lightly or on a low speed until a thick batter forms 
  • Line a circled cake pan with parchment paper or grease the pan and spread batter into pan
  • Decorate the batter with the cut apricots in a circled fashion (or however you'd like) until all the batter is covered
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes, checking often 
  • Remove from oven and let sit for a minimum 30 minutes, then Enjoy!! 


  1. My family is German and I have definitely had this recipe before... and holy hell, it was delicious. Thank you so much for sharing and for bringing back a flood of happy memories involving my oma and opa :)

    Hope you have a great week and are enjoying your summer!

  2. Oh my! That looks delicious! I adore apricot desserts and they all go so well with a large dollop of clotted cream! I'll be trying this very soon! xx

  3. This looks like it would be so good in the morning with a nice cup of coffee.

  4. I love apricots and never seem to see many recipes using them. I'll have to give this one a try, it looks so good!

  5. Loved how you've made it! I haven't eaten apricot cake but I love walnut cake! :)

  6. This looks delicious! I don't think I've ever had apricot cake but I love apricot jam so I bet this tastes really similar. Yum!

  7. That looks absolutely delicious!

  8. I've never heard of this, but it looks delicious! My husband is the cook in the house, so I'll pass it on to him! :D

  9. This looks amazing! I love apricots!

  10. Oh my that look so yummy! My mom and grandma used to make a german dessert called "kitchen" looks very similar to this, thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is such a pretty cake and it sounds delicious!

  12. This sounds amazing and your pictures are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  13. That looks so delicious! I want it for breakfast right now even though it is 8pm at night!

  14. yummy! I love how you captured all of the steps with great photos!

  15. This dessert looks so good, it would have been interesting to watch it in the oven while it moved the cake to cover the apricots. Thanks for sharing on Friday Favorites!
    Have a great weekend

  16. I lived in Germany so this is right up my alley. I love apricots. Can't wait to try this. Looks amazing!

  17. I am not a Fruit person either so I am not sure I would like it. But my family would as they love Fruit. So I may make it to take to my mother and father n law as I treat as they do so much for my son and I.

  18. I've never heard of this kind of cake before but it sounds and looks phenomenal!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  19. This reminds me of a German pastry I tried once. Yum!

    Thanks for linking up for the Friday Finds and Favorites blog hop. I hope you will join us this week! <3

  20. Your cake looks as delicious as it does beautiful! I love apricots, and have never had this cake before! I so cannot wait to try this! Thank you for sharing and co-hosting #OMHGWW!

  21. Dear Ashleigh,

    Thanks so much for sharing this cake with us at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy - it looks AMAZING!

    Thank you also for being such a wonderful online friend. I truly appreciate the time you take to leave a wonderful comment on my blog each week!

    I'm SO happy to share that you are my featured Friend Of The Week at this week's upcoming Friendship Friday Party #183 at Create With Joy!

    Congratulations - I hope you have an amazing and blessed week! :-)

  22. Oh so yummy and I love your pictures.It's been fun co-hosting with you. Thanks for sharing.

  23. This looks amazing, your photos are fab! Thank you for sharing and it has been so much fun co-hosting with you! Evija x

  24. I absolutely love fruit cakes, this apricot cake sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Hi Ashleigh, I cannot stop thinking about your gorgeous cake and all of your wonderful photos! This is one of my favorite posts from last week's party and will be one of my features tomorrow :)

  25. I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  26. Im not a huge fruit fan, but this sounds really good!!

  27. This looks amazing! I'll have to give it a try!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #mommymeetupmondays!