A Mother’s Day Recipe: Apricot Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Lemon Glaze by Christine Datian

Christian Datian’s Apricot Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Lemon
Glaze will delight anyone. But since this Sunday is Mother’s Day, show her how
much she is loved with this tantalizing cake.



Christine Datian’s Apricot Walnut Cake with Lemon Cinnamon Glaze

Christine makes it easy by using a cake mix.
The addition of some unexpected ingredients turns it into something extraordinary!

Warning: Young bakers will need a
helping hand!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

Apricot Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Lemon Glaze
by Christine Vartanian Datian

Ingredients:
1 (18.25 oz.) yellow or lemon cake mix
1 (16 oz.) can apricots, drained (reserve syrup)
2 tablespoons apricot brandy or brandy of choice, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped golden raisins or dates

Instructions:

Note: Use apricots and syrup to
replace the water in this recipe.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch
tube pan or Bundt pan and set aside.

Drain and dice apricots, reserve syrup in a bowl, and set
aside.

In a mixing bowl, prepare cake mix (using all ingredients
except water) according to the directions on box. Add the apricots, syrup,
brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, zest, and allspice to the bowl, and beat for 3-4
minutes at medium speed. Fold in the walnuts and raisins or dates and toss to
combine.

Sprinkle some walnuts on the bottom of the pan, pour the
batter into the pan, and bake according to the directions on the cake box. Cool
cake in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool it
completely on wire rack.

Drizzle with Cinnamon Lemon Glaze (see recipe below) and
garnish with walnuts or diced dried or fresh chopped apricots. Serve with fresh
whipped cream.

Cinnamon Lemon Glaze

Sift 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 1/4 teaspoon
cinnamon in a bowl. Add one tablespoon milk or cream, one teaspoon vanilla, and
one teaspoon lemon juice, and mix until smooth. Add a few more drops of milk or
cream if ingredients are too stiff. Drizzle glaze on top and over sides of cake
and let dry before serving.

*Christine’s recipes
have been published in the Fresno Bee newspaper, Sunset magazine, Cooking Light
magazine, and at http://thearmeniankitchen.com

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 12, 2018 at 2:26 am

    ROBYN, WHEN I COME ACROSS MY MOM'S HANDWRITTEN RECIPE FOR TOURSHI WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE MUSA DAGH VERSION USING BULGHUR TO FERMENT I WILL SEND IT TO YOU. GLORIA HACHIGIAN ERICSEN

    Reply
  2. Robyn Kalajian May 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    That would be awesome, Gloria; thank you!

    Reply

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