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Not your average pite, the marzipan gives this cake bar a wonderful, unique flavour. Marzipan is not always available, but very easy to make; all you need is almond meal, sugar and water. You will find almond meal in the baking isle, or in the bulk food section of grocery stores. If your store does not carry almond meal, look for it in health food stores where they carry food stuffs for people on special diets and food allergies.
15 apricots
3 Tbsp marzipan [click on link for recipe]
3 eggs
scant 1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
sweetened whipped cream
• Preheat oven to 375F.
• Line a 9X12 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
• Wash and drain the apricots.
• Place a large pot of water on the stove and bring to full rolling boil.
• Place the apricots into a large bowl and pour the boiling water on top.
• Keep the apricots submerged in the scalding hot water for 4 minutes, no longer.
• Meanwhile place another large bowl with ice water nearby.
• With a slotted spoon quickly plunge the apricots into the ice cold water.
• The skins will come off easily.
• Drain the peeled apricots, cut them in half, remove the stems and the stones and discard them.
• Set the apricot halves aside and prepare the batter next.
• Beat the soft butter and the sugar for 4 minutes.
• One by one add the eggs, beating well after each addition.
• Crumble the marzipan into the batter and beat to combine.
• In a medium sized bowl whisk the flour and the baking powder.
• Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter, beating just to combine. Do not overbeat.
• Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
• Arrange the apricot halves on the top and gently push them into the batter.
• Bake in the preheated oven. • Let the bar cool down and then cut into 12 squares.
• Serve the bars with sweetened whipped cream.



  1. It's just as wonderful as I pictured it when I thought of switching out the cherries in pite for other stone fruits like this one. I've never thought of making my own marzipan however. I've ground my own blanched almonds for making Maids of Honor tarts however, so how hard could it be?

    1. Maria, it is very easy to make marzipan. And a lot cheaper than buying it. The almonds have to be very finely ground.

  2. Another wonderful dessert…I am drooling!

  3. Zsuzsa, this cake looks beautiful... your sure do have plenty of apricots... are you growing them?

  4. Ah yes Lizzy, we have an apricot tree. I live in Canada's fruit growing belt, in the sunny Okanagan.




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