Recipe: Summer Fruit (Apricot & Plum) Cake

This recipe of Moelleux of Summer Fruit from David Lebovitz popped up in my Instagram feed the other day. I happened to have some local apricots and plums from my visit to Caldas da Rainha in central Portugal. So I decided to give it a try. It was super easy to make and turned out beautifully.

Here is how to make it:

Recipe from David Lebovitz by I only reduced the amount of sugar from the original recipe. All credits should go to David Lebovitz.


  • 8 apricots plus 2 plums, washed, halved and cut in slices
  • 100 grams (3/4 cup) almond flour
  • 65 grams all purpose floor (1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 grams (3/4 cup) sugar
  • 140 grams (5 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, brown or white, for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Coat a 9 inch springform pan with butter and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  3. Mix together the flours (almond & all purpose), baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. Add softened room temperature butter and mix with a spatula until butter broken down to smaller pieces.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract, mix until the batter is almost smooth.
  6. Scrape the batter into the springform pan, smooth it out.
  7. Arrange the sliced apricots/plums on top and press them gently into the batter. Avoid putting the fruit right up against the sides of the pan.
  8. If desired, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar on top.
  9. Bake in a 175°C(350°F) oven for about an hour, until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
  10. Once done, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.

Bom Apetite!

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36 thoughts on “Recipe: Summer Fruit (Apricot & Plum) Cake

  1. I adore cakes that include fresh fruit in their recipe. This splendid recipe is tucked in my apron pocket and I’m off to a fruit and vegetable stand at the bottom of our road. Living on the West Coast we are all so fortunate for the lengthy growing season and the gorgeous fruits we can whip up into desserts. Bon Appetit Virginia


  2. I’m not the biggest fan of apricots, but the way you decorated your cake makes it look divine! Perhaps I’ll have to give it a try, as I recently got back into baking once more. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Catching up, have been lazy to check WordPress. SO GLAD, I kept reading!! LOVE THIS RECIPE. I’ve always enjoyed David Lebovitz. You did an excellent job, which we lived closer, I’d come over for a slice… with coffee, of course!

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      1. This will make you smile. My parents are flying to Italy in October, found a great flight through Lisbon. In the past, they always flew through Zurich or Amsterdam to Florence. Lisbon seems to be the “place” right now. 🙂

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      2. No, they just found a cheap flight to Florence, Italy through Lisbon. To get to Florence, since it is a small airport, we always have to connect through a major European city. I like Munich, so usually connect there and stay 2 nights in Munich. I like their clothes and bed linens. Have you been to Munich?

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      3. Long long time ago during my student days lol. I flew out of Florence airport before. Speaking of Florence, I’ve been doing some study on Italian art and sculpture and Florence is calling me back. I’m planning to go in the autumn. Wish they would have taken you with them, and left you in Lisbon 😛

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      4. Ah, that’s nice. We an always meet in Florence. I’m “thinking” maybe I would go in October. I was looking at flights with United, I have miles, but they did not have a lot of flights available. They said to keep checking back, things would change. I am doing the St. Francis Way Virtual Walker through the Conqueror virtual walk website. SO… it goes from Florence to Rome (Vatican), I am looking up cities on the walk. It’s interesting. I want to go to La Verna, Franciscan Monastery. YOU are RIGHT, if you are studying Italian art and sculpture, Florence is a GREAT place to go. Last time I went I stayed at some Monasteries, because they are economical. Turns out some of them are really nice. Have you visited the site? They have monasteries throughout Italy where you can stay. Visit the monastery’s site and contact them directly, you will get a better rate. So… I think it is time to travel, right. Florence is wonderful and if there are not so many tourists, even better. Although, the exchange rate is not good right now for the dollar.

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      5. Perfect! It would give me an opportunity to practice speaking Italian. It’s easier than Portuguese lol. I am going there. Possibly end of Oct early Nov. I might even meet you there if you can make it.

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      6. Yes… good idea. NOW, if you want a really nice hotel, I LOVED this one. It’s not a monastery. Beautiful rooms, fabulous breakfast… they would have a driver that would bring you down to Florence city center, because they are above Piazza Michelangelo, but I LOVED it. A bit pricey, but sometimes you need to be treated like a Princess. LOL – I think you are a woman… if not a Prince. You know what I mean.

        OH… this will make you laugh. I stayed at HOTEL PARIS in Florence, it’s close to the train station. FANTASTIC location, but really thin walls. Still, I LOVED the location and it’s a nice clean hotel. You can walk from train station, minutes from the market, the Duomo, etc.

        So… start with these that I sent you. This is exciting. 🙂;label=hotel-80166-it-cY7gvn6pHBJu98CWxvv4XQS442534868805%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atikwd-122873376%3Alp9021564%3Ali%3Adet%3Adm%3Appccp%3DUmFuZG9tSVYkc2RlIyh9YcUc3ZfdbbfEjx46svoSs2o;sid=bb6ec2a073419a2cf0d9609ad6d70d4b;dest_id=-117543;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;group_children=0;hapos=1;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;ref_is_wl=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1625676208;srpvid=06197597f28300ba;type=total;ucfs=1&

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      7. Thanks, it looks nice. That is the tricky thing with hotels, sometimes photos look nice, but place can be run down. I’ve stayed at some others in Florence like that. No money to make renovations… but location is right downtown, so trade offs.

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      8. CORTONA – nice train ride outside of Florence. This place was BEAUTIFUL, like a normal hotel, wonderful breakfast. The others have breakfast, but bread/jam/yogurt… this one had more. I didn’t even see the Nuns, the receptionist joked, when you have more $$, your place is nicer. LOL – the other places are nice too, but this one was different. Look at the photos. LOVED this place and Cortona is a nice small town to explore.

        ASSISI – stayed at a monastery there, the view and place were beautiful, but the shower in the room was not enclosed. So imagine taking a shower with water going all over the bathroom floor. STRANGE Anyhow, would LOVE to go back and explore another monastery. YOU CAN SEE, so ECONOMICAL!! More to spend on buying “something” nice.

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      9. Assisi is nice, but expensive, because it is a St Francis pilgrimage. In some ways, I felt like it was “too perfect.” Kind of like Pisa, that is such a tourist place. Anyhow, there are many new places to explore.

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