Rosemary Apricot Layer Cake & A Surprise
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Rosemary Apricot Cake

At what age is it acceptable to forget how old you are?  Is 27 too young? Because folks… it has already
begun.

Not 3 days after my birthday I was asked how old I was, and
I blurted out “28!”  My husband looked at
me with his typical “you’ve got to be kidding me” look, which he has truly MASTERED,
and said “Umm… No (insert look)… You’re 27.”

You’ll have to forgive me.
Numbers are not my friend (even though I’m good at math… strange?  Yes). Or is it my memory that isn’t my
friend? I don’t know… I can’t remember! Ha! See what I did there?

At least I haven’t lost my maybe-only-I’m-appreciating-this
humor. Another thing I haven’t lost?

Friends. Really, really great friends.

Photo credit Daylight Photography Photo credit Daylight Photography

Photo credit to Daylight Photography Photo credit to Daylight Photography

Never in my life would I consider myself a person who would
be on the receiving end of a surprise birthday party.  Never.
But sure enough, this year I was. Like I said: Great Friends.

Funny part? I was pleasantly surprised that my friend had decorated
her apartment with banners and balloons only to be bombarded with “SURPRISE!!!”
seconds later. Now THAT was a surprise.

That night I felt so incredibly blessed; I felt so incredibly
loved.  For all of you involved, Thank
you, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

Rosemary Apricot Layer Cake

That night, we ate this cake. It made the night even
sweeter. One shouldn’t brag about their own baked goods, but this was one of
the best cakes I’ve ever made.  Perfect
for summer. Perfect to share with really, really great friends.

Sincerely,

Jill

Rosemary Apricot Layer Cake

Apricot Puree

2 lbs. apricots, quartered

Water

1.
In a wide saucepan on medium to medium-low heat,
add quartered apricots and just enough water to skim the bottom of the pan.

2.
Slowly cook down the apricots until they begin
to fall apart, about 10-20 minutes.

3.
Add the strained apricots to the canister of a
blender.  Properly vented, blend until
smooth.

4.
Let cool.

Apricot Curd

adapted from HomeBakedOnline

1 ½ cups apricot puree

1 cup sugar

1 Lemon, zested and juiced

2 tablespoons butter; room temperature

2 eggs, beaten

1.
In a bowl over a pan of simmering water, add
puree, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter. Whisk until sugar dissolves.

2.
Very slowly while whisking, add a quarter cup of
the hot mixture into the eggs.  You want
to slowly bring up the temperature of the eggs so they do not cook.

3.
Add the egg/puree mixture back into the bowl
over simmering water and cook until it coats the back of a spoon, 10-15
minutes.

Rosemary Cake Layers (yields three 8-inch layers)

adapted from Sweetapolita

1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter; at room temperature

2 2/3 cups (540 g) granulated sugar

9 egg whites, at room temperature

4 ½ cups (630 g) GF all-purpose flour (I used Jeanne’s, see
Gluten-Free tab)

2 tablespoons (22 g) baking powder

1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

2 cups buttermilk (I made my own lactose-free version: in a
2-cup liquid measuring cup, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, add soy milk
until it reaches the 2 cup mark. Let set for 10 minutes)

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely diced

1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter cake pans
and line with parchment rounds.

2.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the
paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until lighter in
color, 3 to 5 minute. Lower the speed and gradually add the egg whites, mix
until fully incorporated.

3.
Sift the flour, baking powder, diced rosemary,
and salt into a medium bowl.  Alternate
dry ingredients and buttermilk into the creamed mixture, beginning and ending
with dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

4.
Divide the batter evenly between the pans.
Smooth the tops and baked for about 30-35 minutes, rotating once after 20
minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes
out clean.

5.
Cool in pans for 20 minutes before removing.

Whipped Apricot Frosting

adapted from Sweetapolita

3 sticks + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut
into cubes

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar + ½ cup more if needed

1 tablespoon milk (I used soy)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

¼ cup apricot puree

1.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a
paddle attachment, beat butter for 8 minutes on medium speed.  Butter will become very pale and creamy.

2.
Add remaining ingredients, except puree, and mix
on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes.  Frosting will be very light, creamy and
fluffy.

3.
Add apricot puree and mix until incorporated.
Add extra sugar if needed.

Build the cake:

1.
Place a cake layer face-up on a cake plate or
cake round.

2.
Fill a piping bag with a small amount of whipped
frosting, pipe around the inside edge of the cake.  This will be a barrier for the curd.

3.
Pour about ½ cup of curd on top of the cake
layer and spread evenly.  If needed added
more curd, but be careful not to add too much.

4.
Carefully add the second layer and repeat the
piping and curd steps.

5.
Add the final layer, and add 3 wooden dowels (I
used popsicle sticks) to prevent the cake layers from shifting.

6.
Place a generous scoop if frosting on top,
spreading evenly with an offset palette knife, working your way down the sides
until you have a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake. Chill until set.

7.
Apply final layer of frosting, and decorate as
desired.

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6 COMMENTS
  1. Jill! I just love the new look. This post is just wonderful, too, and the pictures are delightful. Oh, and happy birthday. I’m so glad it was such a special one 🙂

    • Jill Luton

      Kaitlin! Thank you so much! It was definitely a special one 🙂

  2. Alissa

    Gorgeous cake. Gorgeous photo. Gorgeous blog. Nice work, my friend. Still sorry I couldn’t be at the party to celebrate you!

  3. happy birthday! and if i’d definitely brag if i had turned out that piece of baking mastery so cudos to you! x Hannah

    • Jill

      Thanks Hannah!

  4. HomeBakedOnline

    Happy birthday! It’s a beautiful cake and gorgeous photos.
    Thanks for linking back to my apricot curd recipe 🙂

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