Apricot & Ratafia Sponge Cake

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A simple fruit cake flavoured with almond and Amaretti biscuits - perfect with tea or as dessert served with cream or custard.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 50 Minutes

Serves: 8


  • 200g softened butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½-1 tsp almond essence (optional)
  • 410g can apricot halves in natural juice, drained, 100g roughly chopped
  • 85g ratafia or amaretti biscuit
  • 25g flaked almonds


  1. Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Butter the base and sides of a 22cm loose-bottom cake tin and line with baking parchment.

  2. Put the butter, sugar, flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Break in the eggs, add the almond essence, if using, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Set aside a quarter of the mixture, then stir the chopped apricots and 25g of the biscuits into the remainder. Spoon into the tin and lightly smooth with the back of the spoon. Bake for 25 mins until the cake is almost set. Meanwhile, stir the apricot halves, remaining biscuits, and flaked almonds into the reserved cake mixture until well mixed. Quickly dot the extra cake mixture onto the part-baked cake, then return to the oven for 20 mins more or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Credit: Sara Buenfeld