Monday, March 3, 2008

Best Apricot Cake

I started to get tired of cakes--I even browsed through a cake "bible" and found nothing interesting. Luckily, Michel Richard did it again. His apricot cake is an absolute stunner! It's the most moist and tender cake you can imagine!
I tinkered with his recipe a little, so the crust didn't look as pretty( no butter in the crust and soyflour for wondra). But it's still crunchy and amazingly tasty. Considering the great reduction of fat--10 TBSP less butter, I am very happy with the result.

It looks like cheesecake, ay? But it only has 1/4 cups of heavy cream, the only diary product.

Take a spoon, and you will see the difference. It's neither a souffle nor a custard. It's not even the egg bubbles I made before. It's a little firmer and it doesn't shrink; It melts in your mouth, yet somehow manages to burst into a refreshing stream of citrus fruit. Very intriguing indeed!

In this picture, it looks like a cake now. It should. My tiny canon can't really take into all its true beauty. What a pity!

I am sorry, folks, I have decided not to publish any recipe from Michel Richard. He has put his heart and soul into his book and I don't want his effort go unrewarded. Please check out his book " Happy in the kitchen". You will not be disappointed!


julie said...

i just clicked over from a comment you left on fxcuisine (one of my favorites!) - your pictures are beautiful and i'm really excited to look through your archives. i'm going to add you to my sidebar. :) (you can check out my site at but it is still very new)

cheese puff said...

Thanks for your comment, Julie! I love Francois too! My humble blog is nothing compared to his grand cuisine. :) But I can only afford so much... Frankly I am not happy with the pictures in this post. The cake itself is way more beautiful! Hope you can try it at home. :)

Ruby@Cuisine said...

I feel excited on exploring your blog :)

Cynthia said...

You are a star in the kitchen. It does look like cheese! :) I like the idea of cake having a pastry crust.

Anonymous said...

I saw your post on wenxuecity's cuisine forum. when I tried to google the recipe for this cake, I found your blog. well-done! I will definitely try this recipe.