Almond cake with apricot and vanilla bean syrup

Recipe: Almond cake with apricot and vanilla bean syrup


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • Double cream, to serve
  • Apricot and vanilla bean syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 4 apricots, halved, stones removed, cut into thick wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 22cm round cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in almond meal and flour. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Make syrup Using a sharp knife, scrape seeds from bean. Place seeds, bean, sugar and 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves (don’t boil). Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add apricots. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until apricots are just tender. Remove from heat. Remove and discard bean.
  4. Place cake on a plate. Spoon over apricot mixture. Serve with cream.


  1. Tip: You could use other stonefruit such as peaches, plums and nectarines instead of apricots.
  2. Low FODMAP diet tip: Make this a Low FODMAP recipe by omitting apricot syrup – use berries or mandarins.

Number of servings (yield): 8

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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