(Dancing) Upside-Down Apricot Cake

Did you know that giraffe's eat while apricot trees? Well, Gerald is one of my favorite little children's book friends and I had to come up with some way to represent this amazing book, thru food. Gerald was a wonderful dancer, in the end, and I loved him dancing upside dow just like this cake!

"We all can dance," he said, "when we find the music that we love."

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) apricot halves
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Drain apricots, reserving 3 tablespoons syrup (discard remaining syrup); set aside.
  3. Place butter in a 9-in. square baking dish. Place in oven 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted; swirl carefully to coat evenly. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange apricot halves in a single layer over brown sugar, cut side up.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in reserved apricot syrup. Fold in flour mixture.
  5. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spoon over apricots. Bake 35-40 minutes.
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