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Apricot Marzipan Cakes Recipe

It’s Liz from Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food in Motion for decor8. Last week nature exploded and brought with it a flurry of yellow flowers. All this spring air made me feel active and I decided to combine this Food in Motion episode with a recipe from my latest book and an easy pre-Easter DIY packaging idea. My daughter helped (as always!) and was eager to glue the yellow dots on the string. (Although she asked why we couldn’t use red, green and blue dots as well!) The Apricot-Marzipan-Cakes recipe seemed tailor-made for this burst of activity. They’re easy to make and when baked in little cake forms make ideal presents. Just place them in a cardboard box, wrap the dotted string around it and decorate it with some colorful feathers. And your homemade present is ready to go!

Apricot Marzipan Cakes

And aren’t homemade presents just the best? I think it’s great to receive gifts from friends and know that they took their precious time and prepared something just for me. That’s why my co-author Lars Wentrup and I created a book just with that topic. „Grüße aus meiner Küche“ (Greetings from my kitchen) was published this January and includes photographs by Jewels (Julia Cawley) and me. We were double-happy because we were also responsible for the complete design package and the illustrations. The book includes easy recipes, DIY-ideas and ready to copy labels. Why not welcome spring with some creativity of your own?

Apricot Marzipan Cakes

Grüße aus meiner Küche

Apricot Marzipan Cakes

Apricot-Marzipan-Cakes (makes 6 little cakes)

1 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup brown rum
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup marzipan (4.4 oz)

Cut apricots into small pieces and pour the rum over the apricots. Cover with foil and stand for a few hours or over night in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Mix butter and sugar with the electric mixer until well combined. Add an egg, the almonds and flour and mix. Cut the marzipan into small pieces. Add marzipan and apricots to the dough and combine with a spoon. Grease pans (or use silicone pans) and fill in the dough. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Yummy! Enjoy and we’ll see you again in April! – Liz

(images/video: liz and jewels)

Posted by decor8 in Recipes on March 17, 2014

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  1. In a Trendy Town commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 7:59pm

    Apricot and peche are the most delicious fruits in summer, we want to eat them already!!!
    In a Trendy Town´s last blog post ..Copy bloggers?

  2. Janet Wilson commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 8:20pm

    Oh my, what gorgeous photos, and the cakes sound delicious. LOVE the packaging :)

    Thank you for sharing, Janet

  3. Valerie Belcher commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 8:21pm

    Please can you tell us the size of the pans used for this recipe.

  4. Anita commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 8:32pm

    these looks SO SO SO yummy! x

  5. Kreetta commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Congrats about your book! Recipe sounds- looks good and one might use oil instead of butter? Like coconut or peanut or pistachio etc? I’m dairy free so that’s why. Yellow looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
    Kreetta´s last blog post ..How to be a creative?

  6. Holly Findlay commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 9:45pm

    I love your posts. Fresh and beautiful.

  7. Ana commented
    March 17th, 2014 at 10:28pm

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious.
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  8. Nauli commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 12:03am

    How did you know, that I’m craving for something with apricots in Spring? I even didn’t think of using dried ones!

  9. Lesley commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 10:38am

    Just watching the beautiful video makes me want to go and make cakes. The music was lovely too.

  10. Liz commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:16am

    As if we knew…. :-)

    Liz´s last blog post ..Family Farm Life

  11. Liz commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:17am


    thank you so much!
    Liz´s last blog post ..Family Farm Life

  12. Liz commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:17am


    I could imagine that oil works. If you try it: let us know if it works!
    Liz´s last blog post ..Family Farm Life

  13. Liz commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:21am

    Valerie Belcher,
    The dimensions are about 2 x 3.5 inches (or 5 x 9 cm) and are made from silicone.
    Liz´s last blog post ..Family Farm Life

  14. Liz commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 12:30pm


    thank you! I also fell in love with the music!
    Liz´s last blog post ..Family Farm Life

  15. mel commented
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:46pm

    Lovely Liz! I agree that homemade presents are the best and I love giving and receiving them. Congratulations on your new book Liz and wish that you’d consider publishing them in English too? xx Mel
    mel´s last blog post ..5 Decorating Questions with Will Taylor

  16. Clever Girl Reviews commented
    March 19th, 2014 at 6:30pm

    OMG, this looks fantastic!
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  17. Liz commented
    March 26th, 2014 at 2:56pm


    We’re talking to our publisher about an English version!
    best, liz
    Liz´s last blog post ..Jetzt wird ausgepackt.

  18. Gisela Ferrari commented
    March 28th, 2014 at 6:56pm

    I would like to know if I can find this book in inglish!!!!!
    I would love having it!!!!

  19. Liz commented
    May 4th, 2014 at 4:44pm

    Gisela Ferrari,

    …our book is not available in English right now. Maybe some day….?
    best, liz

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