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Apricot Torte Recipe

Apricot Torte Recipe

"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 YIELD: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 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 2 cans (17 ounces each) apricot halves, drained
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • Chocolate curls, optional


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until thickened. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture. Gradually fold in flour. Divide batter between three greased and floured 9-in. round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 2. For buttercream, whisk sugar, eggs, yolks, vanilla and coffee in a saucepan. Add chocolate; cook and stir over low heat until thickened (do not boil). Cool completely. In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually add chocolate mixture; set aside.
  • 3. Finely chop apricots; drain and place in a bowl. Stir in preserves; set aside. Split each cake into two horizontal layers; place one on a serving plate. spread with 2/3 cup buttercream. Top with another cake layer and 2/3 cup apricot filling. Repeat layers twice. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours before serving. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 417 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 236mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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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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