Fiona Cairns’ almond apricot rose petal cake Recipe

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15 min


25 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories Array kCal 0%
Fat Arrayg 0%
  -  Saturates Arrayg 0%

Royal baker Fiona Cairns made this tangy sponge cake for the Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party. The simple floral design makes this cake the perfect girly treat


  • 225g unsalted butter, really soft, plus extra for greasing the tin
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 160g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 small orange
  • For the filling and decoration
  • 5 tbsp apricot jam
  • 200g tub crème fraiche
  • Icing sugar to dust (about a tablespoon)
  • Fresh unsprayed rose petals to decorate


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

  • Butter and base line 2 x 20cm round tins with baking parchment.

  • Sift together the flour and baking powder, stir in the ground almonds and set aside.

  • Into the bowl of an electric mixer place the softened butter and sugar (or a bowl and a hand-held whisk) and cream together until light and fluffy.

  • Gradually add the eggs, continuing to mix as you do so, and add a tablespoon of the flour mixture to prevent the mixture from curdling.

  • Fold in the flour, ground almond mixture and lastly the almond extract, and orange zest.

  • Divide the mixture between the 2 prepared tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch or a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tins for a minute or two and then turn the cakes out onto a wire rack. Remove the papers and leave until cold.

  • When ready to serve, simply place one of the cakes upside down onto the serving plate or cake stand and spread the flat surface with a layer of crème fraiche and then a layer of apricot jam. Place the other cake on top – the two flat surfaces will be together. Sift over a dusting of icing sugar and decorate with a scattering of dry, freshly picked rose petals.

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