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Apricot Torte Recipe
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Apricot Torte Recipe

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"This yummy dessert is simple to assemble and oh-so-pretty," says Dorothy Pritchett of Wills Point, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cans (17 ounces each) apricot halves, drained
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • Chocolate curls

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 417 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 236 mg cholesterol, 215 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until thickened. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture. Gradually fold in flour.
  2. Divide batter among three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  3. For buttercream, in a small saucepan, whisk the sugar, eggs, yolks, vanilla and coffee. Add chocolate; cook and stir over low heat until thickened (do not boil). Cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add chocolate mixture; set aside. Finely chop apricots; drain and place in a bowl. Stir in preserves; set aside.
  5. Split each cake into two horizontal layers; place one on a serving plate. Spread with 2/3 cup buttercream. Top with a cake layer and 2/3 cup apricot filling. Repeat layers twice. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours before serving. Garnish with chocolate curls. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apricot Torte in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p67

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Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"As to the other comment, the first time I made this the layers also didn't rise but the second time I beat it as long as it said and it turned out wonderfully"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Great taste but the cake layers didn't rise. My daughter thought it looked like pancakes! I have made it another time & used a different cake recipe."

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