Little apricot cakes

_MG_39671 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1/3 cup milk ( I used coconut milk)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 apricots, halved, pitted, cut into 1/4″ wedges
2 tablespoons raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in another medium bowl, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, lemon zest, almond extract and vanilla and beat until combined.

With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Divide batter among muffin cups (cups will be only 1/3 full) and smooth tops. Top with apricot slices and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake until cakes are golden and a tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let pan cool 5 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack and let cool completely.

Adapted from Epicurious.com

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