Chocolate and Apricot Cake

Chocolate and Apricot Cake


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This is my version of a 'Vienna torte', rich and filled with apricot preserves. The perfect cake for chocolate lovers.

Suzanne Stull

Serves: 12 

  • 140g dark chocolate
  • 5 eggs
  • 170g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar
  • 3/4 cup (90g) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 110g dark chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Melt 140g chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Separate the eggs. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks in gradually until light in colour. Add the melted, cooled chocolate and beat it in. Gradually add the sifted flour to the batter.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold them into the mixture. Pour batter into one ungreased 23cm springform pan.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely before removing from pan and icing. Once cool remove from pan and slice cake horizontally. Set top half aside and spread filling of pureed jam between the layers. Cover top and sides with warm icing.
  6. To Make Icing: Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 110g chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Add the coffee and beat well. Sift and add the icing sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread the warm icing on the top and sides of the cake.

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