Coming from 1947 this classic fluffy white cake is paired with sweet apricot filling and topped with simple whipped cream icing. The simplicity of the whipped cream icing lets the apricot filling shine but does limit how far in advance the cake can be frosted.

We recommend you either wait to frost the cake until serving or keep the frosted cake chilled and consume it within 24 hours. This a cake is best consumed on the day it was baked.  We bet you can find a few willing volunteers to help with that task.

Apricot Cake - 1947

Classic fluffy white cake with apricot filling and whipped cream icing. Garnish was apricot halves.


  • 2 8" cake pans


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Vegetable Shortening
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 cups Apricot Halves ((fresh, frozen, or canned well-drained))
  • tsp Gelatin ((plain, unflavored powder))
  • Tbsp Water
  • 4 cups Whipping Cream


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 8" cake pans.
  • Shift together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  • Add shortening and 1/2 of milk. Beat 2 minutes until glossy.
  • Add remaining milk, egg whites, and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared cake pans and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Cook on wire racks.

For Filling

  • While the cake bakes, prepare the filling. Step aside 3-4 apricot halves for garnish. Finely chop the remaining apricots into 1/8" or smaller chunks.
  • In a small heat-proof dish, sprinkle gelatin over 1½ Tbs cold water. Allow to "bloom" or hydrate for 1-2 minutes. Heat over a hot water bath, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Alternately, add 1 Tbs very hot water and stir until dissolved.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together apricots and gelatin. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until the cake is cooled and ready to assemble.


  • Once the cake has cooled, spread apricot filling on top of one cake half. Top with second cake.
  • Whip cream until peaks form and frost cake with whipped cream before serving.
Course: Dessert


Based on a 1947 A-1 Derful Flour Advert.

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