Apricot Marzipan Cakes Recipe

March 17, 2014

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 Recipe

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 Recipe

Apricot Marzipan Cakes Recipe

Apricot Marzipan Cakes Recipe

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)


  • Reply In a Trendy Town March 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Apricot and peche are the most delicious fruits in summer, we want to eat them already!!!

  • Reply Janet Wilson March 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

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

    Thank you for sharing, Janet

  • Reply Valerie Belcher March 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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

  • Reply Anita March 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    these looks SO SO SO yummy! x

  • Reply Kreetta March 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    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!

  • Reply Holly Findlay March 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I love your posts. Fresh and beautiful.

  • Reply Ana March 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious.

  • Reply Nauli March 18, 2014 at 12:03 am

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

  • Reply Lesley March 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

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

  • Reply Liz March 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

    As if we knew…. :-)


  • Reply Liz March 18, 2014 at 11:17 am


    thank you so much!

  • Reply Liz March 18, 2014 at 11:17 am


    I could imagine that oil works. If you try it: let us know if it works!

  • Reply Liz March 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Valerie Belcher,
    The dimensions are about 2 x 3.5 inches (or 5 x 9 cm) and are made from silicone.

  • Reply Liz March 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm


    thank you! I also fell in love with the music!

  • Reply mel March 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    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

  • Reply Clever Girl Reviews March 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    OMG, this looks fantastic!

  • Reply Liz March 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm


    We’re talking to our publisher about an English version!
    best, liz

  • Reply Gisela Ferrari March 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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

  • Reply Liz May 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Gisela Ferrari,

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

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