Wonderfully rich, chocolate cake with a twist. The crystallized ginger, chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and dried apricots mixed into the batter make this cake very special. It is like finding treasure in every bite.

Syd
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, and baking powder.

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  • Soak chopped apricots in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix almond paste and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture looks sandy. Beat in eggs one at a time; beat for 2 minutes after each addition. Continue beating for about 10 minutes; mixture should look thick and creamy.

  • Mix in milk, and then flour mixture. Mix only to combine the dry with the wet ingredients. Do not overbeat. Fold in apricots, chocolate, crystallized ginger, and melted butter. Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour, until done. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan, and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

374.3 calories; 6.4 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 94.2 mg cholesterol; 56.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
Though I like this cake I give it a four because despite the ingredients it was not very flavourful unless you aged it. For the first few days of the life of this cake it was quite unexceptional and bland. My only diversion from the recipe was instead of adding plain chocolate pieces I had added chocolate with chile peppers because I wanted something with deep ethnic flavour. I topped the cake with marscapone cheese papaya's and strawberries. I couldn't even taste chocolate the first day I baked it. So I put it away and then a week later heated it up again and it was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had! I recommend this recipe completely if you have the patience to age the cake for the fine flavors to come out. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
Though I like this cake I give it a four because despite the ingredients it was not very flavourful unless you aged it. For the first few days of the life of this cake it was quite unexceptional and bland. My only diversion from the recipe was instead of adding plain chocolate pieces I had added chocolate with chile peppers because I wanted something with deep ethnic flavour. I topped the cake with marscapone cheese papaya's and strawberries. I couldn't even taste chocolate the first day I baked it. So I put it away and then a week later heated it up again and it was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had! I recommend this recipe completely if you have the patience to age the cake for the fine flavors to come out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
Though I like this cake I give it a four because despite the ingredients it was not very flavourful unless you aged it. For the first few days of the life of this cake it was quite unexceptional and bland. My only diversion from the recipe was instead of adding plain chocolate pieces I had added chocolate with chile peppers because I wanted something with deep ethnic flavour. I topped the cake with marscapone cheese papaya's and strawberries. I couldn't even taste chocolate the first day I baked it. So I put it away and then a week later heated it up again and it was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had! I recommend this recipe completely if you have the patience to age the cake for the fine flavors to come out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2007
This is my grandmother's cake. Very moist and delicious - I think this cake cake appeals to grownups more than to children. There are a lot of flavors here and my children have more simple tastes. It was really fun to make. I made it in a small bundt pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2008
Great cake - dense and moist and yummy. The apricot and ginger taste fabulous. We're planning to make this for our wedding cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2010
What a remarkable idea! It might be called "Chocolate Trail Mix Cake.":-) I cannot wait to try it and after that I might go back and raise the rating to a five. (I give recipes a four just for having chocolate in them.):-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
This cake looks very good I will definately try this and the spice comes from the ginger. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2015
This was great... I made it for book club and everyone loved it! I didn't have apricots so I used dried cranberries and I also didn't have any bittersweet chocolate so I substituted semi sweet chocolate chips. I'd definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
This chocolate cake is divine. It really does have chunks of dark chocolate and apricots like it says in the description! It was a little difficult to blend in the marzipan at the beginning and I had to crush it a bit with a fork but but once you added the eggs - it was much easier. It tasted even better on day two. Will be making again for Christmas! Read More