This is a gorgeous, aromatic cake that is wonderful for a tea party and makes a pretty birthday cake.
If you can't find fresh apricots, use tinned. If you like, you can make two smaller cakes and sandwich them together with the butter icing before topping with more of the icing. Or you can make the cake without the butter cream and simply decorate with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.
Magic cakes are simply eggs, sugar, flour, butter and milk. The magic happens in the baking. The liquid batter divides into three layers: a dense, moist base; a delicate creamy middle and the top layer of light sponge. The yolks, beaten with sugar, butter, flour and milk, form the base and cream. The beaten egg whites form the Genoise sponge layer.
By Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, September 17, 2015
This is Eton mess, NOPI style. It's both a wow of a pudding and – given that all the elements can be made in advance and just put together at the last minute – is also a very relaxing one to serve to friends.
This is all about the tomatoes, so get as many different varieties as you can: red, green and yellow; baby plum, cherry and vine. The tomatoes also look great if they are not cut in uniform fashion: smaller tomatoes should be halved, while larger ones should be cut into wedges or sliced.