Apricot rum baba cake: A classic dessert recipe from 1960

Apricot rum baba vintage recipe (1)

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What a treat for someone with a sweet tooth — an elegant apricot rum baba! This classic cake is moist and rich and redolent of apricot nectar.

Apricot rum baba vintage recipe (2)

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Apricot rum baba vintage recipe (2)

Apricot rum baba

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

What a treat for someone with a sweet tooth -- an elegant apricot rum baba! This classic cake is moist and rich and redolent of apricot nectar.


  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 12 ounces apricot nectar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light or dark rum


  1. Measure warm water (110-115 F) into medium-sized bowl (cool to lukewarm for compressed yeast); sprinkle or crumble in yeast; stir to dissolve.
  2. Add 1/2 cup flour and 1 tablespoon sugar to yeast mixture; blend.
  3. Let rise in warm place (85 F), away from draft, about 1 hour, or until very light and bubbly.
  4. Cream butter or margarine, remaining sugar, and salt in second bowl; beat in eggs.
  5. Stir in yeast mixture, lemon rind, and remaining flour.
  6. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed with electric mixer.
  7. Turn into well-buttered 1-1/2-quart ring mold.
  8. Let rise in warm place (85 F), away from draft, 45 to 50 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  9. Bake in moderate oven (350 F) 35 to 40 minutes.
  10. Remove from mold; cool on wire rack.
  11. Wash and dry mold.
  12. Simmer apricot nectar and sugar 5 minutes; stir in rum.
  13. Pour half into mold; put cooled cake into mold; pour remaining sauce slowly over cake.
  14. Let stand several hours.
  15. Unmold onto plate; decorate with fruits and nuts, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 9g

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