apricot & cream sponge tray bake

Well about 5 days ago this yellow looking ball appeared in the skies over Ireland lol  –  Yes the Sun has finally made a long waited appearance and he brought a beautiful blue sky with him and temperatures of up to 25C in some parts of the country.

Believe me this is a rare occurrence in this part of the world, usually our summer is just the same as the rest of the year – lots of rain.  People took great advantage of this, including me I spent most of the time in the garden – no trips to the beach unfortunately as the boys are busy getting ready for exams next week!

It was actually to hot to bake but I did manage to bake this delicious Apricot & Cream Sponge Tray-Bake last weekend.


apricot & cream sponge tray-bake


This is bake is super easy, very tasty and was a great hit with all the family.


Apricot & Cream Sponge Tray-Bake


It’s made with store cupboard ingredients – I made it with Apricots because I happen to have 2 tins in the press – but you could make it with similar tinned fruit such as peaches or pears.  I used the syrup in the apricots to make a delicious apricot drizzle which I spooned on top of the hot sponge..

I finished it off with a simple whipped cream frosting decorated with a few halved apricots and grated chocolate.


apricot & cream sponge tray-bake


apricot & cream sponge tray-bake



This Apricot & Cream Sponge Tray-Bake recipe is definitely a keeper and makes a great  every day bake.  I can’t wait to try it with Pears next time.


apricot & cream sponge tray-bake
5 from 3 votes


This Apricot & Cream Sponge Tray-Bake is a great family bake for any day of the week. Made with store cupboard ingredients, it's cheap & cheerful but still absolutely delicious. Bakes in 30 mins - an all-round winner - YOU CAN SWAP THE APRICOTS FOR SIMILAR FRUITS LIKE PEACHES OR PEARS
Course Cake
Cuisine American, european
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 -12 slices
Calories 250 kcal
Author Karyn Ryan


  • 175 g baking spread Stork or butter
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBSP milk & 3 TBS Apricot juice from tin
  • 1 tin of apricots in syrup or juice 400g
  • 250 ml whipped cream
  • Chocolate drizzle optional


  • Put the remaining juice and 2tbsp castor sugar into a pot bring to a boil and simmer until slightly thickened (up to 5 mins)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Grease and line a baking tin 12 x 9 inches ( an 8” square tin would work as well.)
  3. Drain the apricot juice from the tin into a jug and take 3 apricots halves and put to one side
  4. Put all the ingredients including apricots into the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on a low speed for 1 mins
  5. Pour batter into tin and level out. & bake for 25 mins
  6. When cake is hot poke holes in the top and pour the apricot syrup on top. Leave to cool for 10 mins and then remove to a wire tray.
  7. When cake is cold spread the whipped cream on top, cut the remaining apricot halves in quarters and decorate the top with the fruit.
  8. Drizzle some melted chocolate on top (optional) and cut into squares


Recipe by Karyn @irishbakingadventures.com.   All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.




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  • Claudia Lamascolo June 2, 2018 at 1:09 am

    just the look of it alone I loved then when I saw apricot I really said this could be my new favorite! Looks fantastic!

    • Karyn June 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      So glad you like the recipe Claudia.. Hope you do get to try it

  • Adriana Lopez Martin June 2, 2018 at 5:35 am

    wow what a great combination love apricots but have not used them in a cake. I need a slice now =)

    • Karyn June 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Sometimes the unexpected ingredients make the most delicious bakes Adriana!

  • Wajeeha June 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This reminds me of my childhood…my mom used to make a similar sponge…looks super delicious!

    • Karyn June 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Yes Wajeeha..This one reminds of one of the nicer school desserts lol

  • Veena Azmanov June 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I love apricot and now that they are in season I’m always looking for ways to serve them up. Yesterday we made apricot crumble so now I wanna try this soon. Sounds so yum.

    • Karyn June 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Veena.. this is such a simple easy recipe to use apricots.. glad you liked it

  • Catherine June 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    What a gorgeous creation. Your cake looks so light and moist. I’d love a slice of this…the apricot sounds delightful.

    • Karyn June 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Catherine 😉 The apricots made a nice change and it was lovely with a dollop of cream. Thanks for stopping by

  • swathi June 4, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I add apricot in my bread and fruit cakes, never thought of making them as sheet cake. I would like to give it try.

    • Karyn June 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Please do Swathi 😉 and let me know how you get on xx

  • Stephanie Simmons June 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I love the idea of apricots in a cake! This does look like a great everyday bake!

    • Karyn June 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Stephanie.. It’s quick easy & tasty

  • Natalie June 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Apricots are such an amazing addition to any cake. I love this one. Looks so light and perfect with afternoon coffee.

    • Karyn June 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      your so right.. It’s a delicious afternoon coffee treat


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