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german apricot

German Apricot Cake/Kuchen

German Apricot Cake/Kuchen is super easy to make and is super delicious.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword Apricot, Cake, Coffeecake, Kuchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Lynn / Turnips 2 Tangerines


  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder or 1 package German backpulver (German baking powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds apricots, about 14 fresh, washed, cut in half and pitted
  • Optional: sweetened whipped cream


  • Heat oven to 350 F. Coat pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla or vanilla sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in lemon zest.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix together the flour with the baking powder and salt. Beat into the egg mixture. Add the buttermilk and mix well.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Place the apricot halves on top, cut side down. Optional: sprinkle top with an additional 1/2 tablespoon of lemon zest.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Keep an eye on the cake especially if you used a different pan size.
  • Serve with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.