Dried apricots is a very useful product that is often used in confectionery products. It is especially well combined with air dough, for example, in cupcakes. This pastry is suitable for a festive table, as well as for an evening tea or a hearty breakfast..

Cupcake as one of the options for traditional bakery products is popular all over the world. It is baked both in Europe and in America, both in the countries of Oceania, and in Russia. And it is possible to diversify this baking with the help of various additives, such as dried fruits. And one of the most advantageous in terms of taste is the combination of cupcake dough with sweet dried apricots..

Plain dried apricots
Cake с курагой для сытного завтрака или вечернего чаепития
Ingredients amount
eggs 3 pcs.
ammonium half sachet
powdered or sugar three quarters cup
sifted flour a half cup
dried apricots 100 g
butter (you can margarine) 110 g
semolina for sprinkling
Time for preparing: 60 minutes Calories per 100 grams: 337 Kcal

The foundation of any cake is the right dough. Most often it is prepared using technology similar to biscuit, but it has its own nuances. So, in the cupcake dough often includes butter, giving it a richer taste and dense texture.

  1. To make the basis of the future cupcake, put the butter in an enamel pan and heat a little so that it spreads.. the heating сливочного масла
  2. Try not to bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time to the oil which has cooled down one by one, constantly beating the mixture with a mixer or a whisk. whipping яиц и масла
  4. Then also add a little sugar. When the egg-oil mixture becomes homogeneous, and the sugar dissolves, sift the flour, which previously add baking powder.
  5. Stir the dough thoroughly (it is convenient to use a silicone spatula for this) until the lumps disperse and the mass becomes smooth and elastic.. dough для кекса
  6. Dried apricots and put in a colander. washed курага
  7. Scald with boiling water and then cut into small cubes..  dried apricots, нарезанная кубиками
  8. Pour dried apricots into the dough and mix again..  dried apricots в тесте
  9. Grease the form with animal fat and sprinkle with flour or decoy. Heat the oven to a temperature of 190 degrees.
  10. Spread the dough in the form. Bake a cupcake until ready. dough в форме для выпекания
  11. You can check whether the pastry is ready, you can use a toothpick: if there is no sticky dough on the piercing, the cake is ready.

Traditional baking of European countries with dried fruits

Such a dessert in Europe has long been prepared for Christmas. There are many original recipes, but the most popular of them is considered the recipe for Christmas stollen – a cake that has been prepared in Germany from time immemorial. It contains many ingredients, but the result is definitely worth it.!

What is needed?


  • yeast – 1 dry package (15 g);
  • milk – 350 ml;
  • 3-4 eggs (depending on size);
  • animal fat (preferably homemade butter or heavy cream) – 150 g;
  • sugar and natural honey – 3-4 st.l.
  • vanilla sugar and salt – 1 tsp;
  • flour – about three or four glasses, depending on quality;
  • grated peel;
  • dried fruits (dried apricots, raisins, prunes – it is necessary, you can additionally take dried cherries or cranberries) – about 300 g;
  • nuts – 1 cup;
  • rum or other strong alcohol – 100 ml.


  • melted butter – 100 g;
  • ½ cup powder.

Power value of the dish: 384 kcal / 100 g.

Cooking time – about 4 hours.

cake с курагой, черносливом и изюмом

Before the evening, wash the dried fruits, cut them into cubes and mix with nuts. Pour the mixture with brandy or rum. Every few hours, stir them with a spoon to better soaked. Drain well on a towel or in a colander before cooking..

This cake is made on a yeast basis: dilute the yeast package in warm milk with a small amount of flour and sugar. Allow the yeast to dissolve so that they begin to emit carbon dioxide. Separately, in a bowl, mix soft butter with vanilla sugar and grated zest. Add to them the yolks of eggs, honey and salt, then gently whisk with a mixer. Mix with milky yeast brew. Gradually add the flour to the dough, kneading until smooth. Sprinkle nuts and dried fruits, knead again: the dough should be firm and stick off your hands when kneading. Remove it under the film and leave to approach for 2 hours.

Put the dough on a floured board. Shtollen has an unusual shape: you need to slightly roll the dough into an oval, then make a vertical groove in the center and cover it first with one and then the second half, as if wrapped. Sometimes marzipan or whole dried fruits are placed in the middle of such a cake. Let Stollen go under the film for another 20 minutes..

Preheat the oven. The optimal temperature for baking stollen – 180 degrees. Put the oiled parchment on a baking sheet. And on it – a cupcake. Bake for about half an hour, then cover with top foil and leave in the oven for another 30 minutes. While the cake is baked, heat the butter in a saucepan..

Put the finished stollen on a blank sheet of baking paper. While it is hot, coat it with melted butter and top with a layer of powdered sugar. Repeat the coating several times to make the glaze dense. Then let the cake cool, wrap in parchment. Stollen is also interesting because it can not be eaten immediately: it remains fresh for several weeks, acquiring an ever deeper and richer taste..

In the video – a recipe for a delicious muffin with prunes:

Cottage Cheese Recipe

The combination of dried apricots and cottage cheese became the basis for many sweet dishes, and cupcakes in this regard are no exception. For 10 portion cakes, take:

  • 4 eggs;
  • vanilla or vanillin;
  • 1 cup cane sugar;
  • ½ kg dried apricots;
  • 200 g (1 pack) of granular curd;
  • ½ cup flour;
  • 100 g heavy cream or sour cream;
  • ½ tbsp food baking powder;
  • 10 g soft butter;
  • powdered sugar for decoration.

Energy value of the dish: 327 kcal / 100 g.

Cooking time – 60 minutes.

In a bowl, mix eggs, sour cream and two types of sugar. Then enter the curd. Mix thoroughly with a mixer until smooth. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl, then mix again. Cut dried apricots into quarters and place in dough..

Grease paper or silicone cupcake molds with oil. Place in each dough, filling in ¾ form. Put the muffins in the oven at 200 degrees for half an hour. After baking, put on a dish and decorate with powdered sugar.

Dried apricots and raisins

In order for baking to be not only sweet, but also useful, it is better to add dried fruits to it. And the sweetest of them are dried apricots and raisins. You can make great sweet muffins with them even with a little sugar..

sweet выпечка

To bake a cupcake with these dried fruits, prepare these ingredients:

  • margarine for baking – a pack (about 200 g);
  • 3 large eggs;
  • wheat flour or oat flour – 1 ½ cup;
  • vanillin – ¼ tsp;
  • powdered sugar;
  • soda, extinguished with vinegar – ½ tsp;
  • dried apricots and raisins – 200 g.

Energy value of the dish: 355 kcal / 100 g.

Cooking time – 50-60 minutes.

Dice dried apricots, raisins, simply rinse in warm water. Combine room temperature margarine with powdered sugar and vanilla and mash. Beat the eggs. Then add harvested dried fruit. Last in the dough, add flour and hydrated soda. Knead again and place in a baking dish..

Put the mold in the oven, setting the heat to 180 degrees. Bake a cupcake for about 40 minutes, focusing on your oven’s specialty..

Recipe for multicooker

Cooking pastries for tea is also possible in a slow cooker. This will take a little more time, but the cupcake with dried apricots in it will be very lush.

bakery products с курагой из мультиварки

A set of components for the cake:

  • 2 cups wheat flour;
  • 2 large eggs;
  • 1 cup of kefir or yogurt (non-fat);
  • ½ pack of butter;
  • ½ tbsp oil for coating the bowl;
  • ½ tbsp soda or ammonium powder;
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (you can replace ¾ cup of honey);
  • lemon juice;
  • 200 g dried apricots.

Energy value of the dish: 290 kcal / 100 g.

Cooking time: 100 minutes.

Dried apricots rinse and dry. Cut into thin strips. Egg whites cool and whisk until strong foam. In a separate bowl, melt the egg yolks with the sugar, then pour the kefir, add the softened butter and add the soda and lemon juice. Last, add flour to the dough, and then – whipped protein foam. Stir the dough with a spatula and pour dried apricots into it.

Walk around the inside of the bowl of the multicooker with a brush moistened with vegetable oil. Transfer the dough into it and bake in Baking mode for about 80 minutes. Check the readiness with a toothpick.

cake из творога в духовке

For breakfast, you can bake a cupcake from the curd in the oven.

Learn how to make a cupcake on kefir without eggs.

Prepare a cupcake with apples in the afternoon, here you will find a recipe with a photo.

Useful tips

When making muffins, take advantage of our advice, and your baking will always be lush and fragrant..

  1. To make cupcakes airy and porous, do not forget about ammonium carbonate (it’s baking powder). It should be added together with bulk ingredients (flour, starch or sugar). If you are preparing a fermented milk cake, baking powder can be easily replaced with soda, and in this case it is not necessary to quench it with vinegar – lactic acid bacteria will cause the same reaction..
  2. Dried fruit for cupcakes may be too hard. In this case, you need to soak them in boiling water..
  3. Dried apricots or raisins soaked in strong alcohol (brandy, vermouth, rum, cognac) will give a special flavor to baking.
  4. To prevent dried apricots in the dough to fall to the bottom of the form, pre-roll it in starch or flour.
  5. Try not to open the oven door too often, if you cook a cake on the biscuit principle – it can “fall off”.

In the video, another recipe for cooking delicious cake in a slow cooker:

Cupcakes can be very different: biscuit and creamy, yeast and yeast-free, easy to prepare and multicomponent, small and large. But in any case, this is a great view of pastry for home gatherings and festive meals..