Apricot squares

It was one of those days where I wanted to do some baking, but I ran out of eggs (as well as good ideas). It was also too cold to go to the grocery store.

I found some jars of apricot filling in the pantry. Mind you – I did not buy this. It isn’t something I usually bake with. I’m fairly certain that my husband bought it by mistake. I don’t hate apricot though, so I figured I’d better use it.

Any fruit filling works pretty well with a plain cake mix. It provides flavor and moisture, and also helps to bind the ingredients together. But I still needed to add at least 2 eggs. The fruit alone doesn’t do the same good job at binding as eggs do. So I had to improvise by making some kind of egg substitute.

Thank goodness for Google. I found out that if you combine water, vegetable oil, and baking powder in a specific ratio, it forms the consistency of a runny egg – helping to bind any baked good together. It was a worth a shot, and I’m glad I tried it – because in the end result, you couldn’t even tell there was no egg. This will make vegan baking a cinch from now on 😉



1 box of white cake mix

1 can (12 oz.) of apricot filling

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

3 Tbsp. of water

3 Tbsp. of vegetable oil

2 tsp. of baking powder

1/4 cup of powdered sugar



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13″ baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water, oil, and baking powder. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until it slightly thickens.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the apricot filling and the vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly stir in the thickened water/oil/baking powder mixture.
  5. With a large spoon or spatula, add the cake mix little by little. Mix until batter is very thick and all flour lumps are gone.
  6. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. It will be very thick!
  7. Bake in the oven for approx 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Once cooled, cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.
    aren’t they cute?!



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