Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour
2 8-inch cake pans
, or grease and line pans with circles of parchment.
To make Cake: Cook apricots in 2 cups
water, about 12 minutes, until very soft. Measure out 1 cup apricots and liquid, and set aside. Put remaining apricots and liquid in blender
, and puree. Add peas, and puree.
, brown sugar and eggs in mixing bowl; beat on high 3 minutes. Mixture will look creamy. Whisk flour, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and baking powder in separate bowl.
Pour egg mixture over puree, and fold together. Gently fold in flour mixture. Fold in raisins and pecans, if using. Pour into prepared cake pans.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire rack.
To make Frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy. Beat in remaining ingredients. Frosting should be soft; it will firm upon sitting.
Place one cake layer on plate, and spread reserved apricots evenly over it. Top with second layer. Spread frosting evenly over top and sides of cake.
To decorate, cut apricots into slices. Place chocolate drop on cake, and arrange 8 apricot "petals" around it (skin side up). Repeat until cake is covered.
Fat, total (g)
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet