Indulge in Delight: Decadent Apricot Cake Recipe

1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar (for dusting, optional)
Step-by-Step Instructions:

Preparing the Apricots:
Soak the Apricots: Begin by placing the chopped dried apricots in a heatproof bowl. Pour the boiling water over the apricots, ensuring they are fully submerged. Allow them to soak for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until they become tender and plump.
Drain and Set Aside: Once the apricots have softened, carefully drain them using a sieve or colander. Set aside and let them cool while you prepare the cake batter.
Making the Cake Batter:
Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and generously grease and flour a cake pan to prevent sticking.
Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This process can be achieved using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
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