I did it! I’m so excited to share my first baking recipe EVER. As you may remember I shared an attempt last winter and it failed miserably.
I’ve had this particular idea ever since Thanksgiving when I made Brandied Apricot Butter. It was delicious with bread and I thought I should use this butter to make a cake.
Since then every once in a while I found myself thinking about it and I realized that I just needed to find the right cake recipe.
I finally settled on Bundt cake because I like to say “Bundt.”
My mother’s recent birthday seemed the perfect occasion to try it out and so I trekked up to the cabin armed with apricot brandy and a Bundt pan.
Here’s what you’ll need:
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
¼ cup apricot brandy
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened (I just left mine out for the day)
2 cups sugar
1 stick of butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
2½ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
Here’s how you make and bake:
Soak chopped apricots in apricot brandy for 10 minutes.
Bring to a boil and IGNITE!
Wait for the flames to die.
Have I mentioned that using an old avocado green stove works best for this?
Turn stove down to mid heat and add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.
Transfer to a blender, add a stick of butter and blend.
Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl sift flour.
Add baking powder, salt, stir and set aside.
Go back to your brandy butter and add sugar.
Add another softened stick of butter.
Add eggs by mixing in one at a time.
Add vanilla extract.
Continue mixing while adding flour mix and milk.
At this point my arms reminded me that we really need to get a standing mixer up at the cabin!
Grease and flour Bundt pan.
Pour in cake mix and bake for 1 hour in a 350˚ oven.
Let the cake cool, set it on wax paper and pop it onto a rack (or use the top of a broiler pan if you can’t find a rack).
Place it up high where your beast-of-a-dog can’t reach it. Then observe a standoff between the beast and your mother.
Mix up a sugar glaze with ¼ cup of milk and ¾ cup of sugar.
Pour it all over the cake.
Think to yourself my god this cake has a lot of butter and sugar in it!
Top it with candles and sing “Happy Birthday” to your mother. Okay, that part is optional.