Apricot Cornmeal Cakes

Make the most of summer stone fruit. Apricot Cornmeal Cakes, made with cornmeal cake batter, is a luxurious yet homey treat for any occasion.

Apricot Cornmeal Mini Cakes

Cake. The word and the associations make me smile.

Cake means celebration. Cake means love. Cake means someone specifically spent time on you.

Apricot Cake

I often sit around trying to dream up a reason to make cake. Sometimes it’s a small family milestone or a handful of friends coming over on a week night.  Any miniscule excuse to revel in life and sugar will do.

I’ve been known to turn a non-occasion into an ordeal, just so I can make a fancy cake.

What can I say? Cake makes me giddy.

Cornmeal Cake Recipe

I have a few tried-and-true cake recipes that stand as a base for all my cake variations. One of which is a classic cornmeal cake. I’ve turned my cornmeal cake recipe into a lot of things over the years, but today it’s become an apricot cake.


Apricot Cake Recipe

A goal of mine is to always provide balance and contrast to every dish. I happen to think of apricots as a dainty fruit, so it seemed only right to combine them with this hearty corn meal cake. The marriage of the delicate, petite apricots and the rustic cake is a match made in heaven.

Cornmeal Cake

This sweet Apricot Cornmeal Cakes recipe is a wonderful addition to any celebration, be it a July 4th picnic or an elegant summer soiree.

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Apricot Cornmeal Cakes

Yield: 12-14 cakes

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

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A mini apricot cake recipe made with a rustic cornmeal cake batter.


  • 7 small ripe apricots, cut into 8 slices each
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice + 1/4 teaspoon divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 12-14 paper liners. Using the electric mixer, cream 1 cup of butter and 1 cup sugar until extremely light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Don’t rush this!
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat in. Scrape the bowl with a spatula. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and 2 tsp. of five spice.
  3. With the mixer running, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until just combine. Do not over mix.
  4. Scoop the batter into 12-14 muffin liners with a 1/4 cup scoop. Place 4 apricot slices in a pinwheel pattern on the top of each mini cornmeal cake.
  5. Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice, then sprinkle over the apricot cakes. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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33 comments on “Apricot Cornmeal Cakes

  1. Pingback: BREAKFAST ON THE GO: Apricot Cornbread Muffins | What's For Dinner?

  2. daisyposted August 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Sommer, I wanted to let you know how much my husband and I love this recipe. I blogged my adaptation of it, with appropriate credit to you, of course. Your idea of adding Chinese Five-Spice Powder is just genius!


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  4. Vanderbilt Wifeposted June 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Summer, I’m going to make these this week. The idea of apricots and five-spice powder is so intriguing. Can’t wait to taste one!

  5. Maegan @ The BakerMamaposted June 23, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    These look so pretty and perfect for entertaining! I think I’ll make them for a baby shower I’m hosting soon!

  6. Des @ LIfes's Ambrosiaposted June 22, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    Yum these are so cute! Even though they are called “cakes” I think they would be perfect for a saturday morning breakfast ;)

  7. Kelli Mposted June 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

    This recipe from Bon Appetit is fabulous. Might want to site your work jsut in case they come after you ;) gorgeous photography!

  8. Jenny Flakeposted May 28, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    Such pretty little muffins! Mmmm!

  9. Cindyposted November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am Reply

    These look great! Has anyone tried these with all purpose gluten-free flour? I am always looking for truly good-tasting, GF recipes with normal as possible texture. The cornmeal in these might just hide the slight grittiness inherent in baking with GF flour.

  10. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted July 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm Reply

    These guys look crazy good! And now I want a green stand mixer too.

  11. Katie @Epicurean Momposted July 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Lovely sommer! This looks so delicious! I LOVE apricots!

  12. Joyposted July 6, 2012 at 10:58 am Reply

    That looks wonderful. I would never think of combining appricot and corn.

  13. Meghanposted July 6, 2012 at 8:56 am Reply

    Cake makes me smile too :) I have a cornmeal cake recipe that I use quite often for brunch, and I love the idea of pairing it with apricots. These sound delicious, and they look so pretty!

  14. Marlyposted July 5, 2012 at 8:02 am Reply

    You won’t believe this but I actually pinned this in my “Baked Breakfast” board. I know it’s a dessert, but it just looks like it would be perfect for breakfast. Well, honestly, it would be perfect any time of day. Great recipe!

  15. soniaposted July 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, these are looking amazing. I am surely gng to try it !

  16. Kathy - Panini Happyposted July 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm Reply

    Oooh – I’m so intrigued by the 5-spice here, what a great twist! A spicy perspective, indeed. :-)

  17. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply

    love these! I am a sucker for anything apricot! Happy 4th

  18. The Newlywed Chefsposted July 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer! This recipe sounds so good! We’ll have to try it soon. Love your website- beautiful photography and great content. We’ll be back!

  19. Nutmeg Nannyposted July 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm Reply

    Very pretty cupcakes/muffins. I’m such a fan of apricots…yum!

  20. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted July 3, 2012 at 7:33 am Reply

    I’m not sure what I like more… the fresh fruit muffins or that green stand mixer!! Both are beautiful!

  21. Deniseposted July 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm Reply

    These are so pretty and they sound fabulous! They do seem like summer! The texture must be nice and hearty and the apricots would lend such a great tart/sweet note. Never tried chinese five spice in cake but I look forward to giving it a try! Do you ever make these with bluberries- I think that would be tasty, too. Can”t wait to try these!

  22. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted July 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I think everyday is a good day for cake and these are the perfect way to celebrate life’s little pleasures.

  23. Val @ Tips on Healthy Livingposted July 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Such a great contrast in flavors and sweet/savory. And perfect timing because we’re getting so many apricots in the market right now!

  24. bake your dayposted July 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm Reply

    These look incredible Sommer, perfect for the summer. And I can’t get enough of the color of your mixer!

  25. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted July 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply

    I’ve pinned these beauties so I don’t lose them. I feel like I can taste them from here.

  26. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted July 2, 2012 at 9:48 am Reply

    oh my gosh, the texture sounds OUT of this world! and they’re so beautiful!

  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted July 2, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    One of my favorite quotes about cake is “Cake is for life, not just for birthdays.” I love apricots and they sound like the perfect topping for your cornmeal cake!

  28. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted July 2, 2012 at 8:25 am Reply

    I need to try a cornmeal cake, it looks fabulous.

  29. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted July 2, 2012 at 7:59 am Reply

    Fabulous! I love fresh apricots… and a simple cake like this is a great way to show the off.

  30. Belinda @zomppaposted July 2, 2012 at 7:33 am Reply

    =) So true. These are gorgeous – perfect little pinwheels!

  31. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted July 2, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

    I share your excitement over cake and love that you used cornmeal. I’ve never baked with apricots and could see all the flavors your put in this recipe melding into one delicious treat! I’d definitely eat these like muffins for breakfast!

  32. Jeanetteposted July 2, 2012 at 6:43 am Reply

    Sommer, these are so pretty, and I love the addition of five spice powder, a nice compliment to the apricots. I bet the cornmeal adds some nice texture to these little cakes too.

  33. Katarinaposted July 2, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply

    These look so lovely!