Jun 08

Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence

by in food, Gilgit-Baltistan, Travelogue

After a good local balti meal, i asked Chef Abbas of  “Khaplu Palace & Residence“ if he has something sweet to offer with local touch.

“We eat lots of apricots. Baltistan is famous for dried apricots. It keeps us warm since its cold throughout year. I can make Apricot mousse cake for you.” Said Abbas.

APRICOT MOUSE CAKE? The name itself watered my mouth and i could not wait any further to enjoy it with a warm cup of tea while enjoying the view of the 200 year old Khaplu Palace.

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The balcony with the view of Khaplu Palace & Residence


It’s first week of June and i am in Baltistan. Karachi in southern coast of the country is experiencing extreme warm weather, Lahore in center is boiling hot while i can feel cold wind and see snow caped mountains right in front of me in Khaplu.

Dried Apricots are famous in Baltistan. I have seen them available at every second shop in this region since the first time i came here in 2009. Back in times i remember a Balti school friend of mine once brought dried apricots as a food souvenir for me from Baltistan. In fact, Pakistan is one of the top 12 producers of apricots.

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Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence


I love mousse cakes, my favorite had been Strawberry mousse cake but now this yummy fluffy soft apricot mousse cake by chef Abbas became my favorite one. I took my time to enjoy its every bite with tea. The only regret i have is that i had very less of it while in Khaplu. No where else i will be able to find it. I think i will have to go back there again one day.

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Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence


If you are visiting Gilgit-Baltistan, I would suggest  you to make a special trip to Khaplu Palace & Residence in Khaplu, a town 2.5 hours drive east of Skardu. Stay there, have local meals and ask Chef Abbas to make special local Apricot mousse cake for you.


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9 Responses to “Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence”

  1. From Syeda Bukhari:

    yum yum…..now Danial you better bring some dried apricots for me…i promise to make some delicious apricot sweet aka Khubani ka meetha (i hope you know of it!). Atleast i dont want you to forget Chef Abbas’s Mousse cake ;)
    PS : Im serious…:)

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 5:25 pm #
  2. From Zoha:

    Saw the picture of this cake on my news feed along with other bakery cake updates but this one caught my eye and i want to see the dessert on bigger scale as it looked so delicious, not to forget beautiful cake crafting on the top and the scattered topping on the sides.

    Looking forward i read the article and it just kept getting interesting, the way everything is described makes me feel a part of that palace and crave for the cake & cup of tea.

    There’s no doubt of you being an awesome photographer but its a double treat to read a mouth watering article on such a scrumptious dessert.

    Thanks for sharing the treat with us :)

    and Bravo to the Chef Abbas!


    Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 7:26 pm #
  3. From maria ansari:

    wow! it looks soooo yum!! would be lovely to have it there! =)

    Posted on 09. Jun, 2012 at 1:26 pm #
  4. From Ali Asghar:

    Mr. Danial

    This is our pleasure that our special local sweet “apricot mousse cake” now became your favorite mousse after visiting Khaplu Palace and Residence.

    Chef Abbas also say thanks to you.

    Posted on 10. Jun, 2012 at 1:24 pm #
  5. From Rabia Shahid:

    Damn i was in Khaplu and missed this!

    Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 at 8:45 pm #
  6. From Umer:

    Borg Khaplu Palace & Residence & Mousse cake seems to be interesting ! The picture with the tea cup… awesome !

    Posted on 04. Oct, 2012 at 9:37 am #
    • From Umer:

      I meant “BOTH” not “BORG” :S dont know how that got typed !!

      Posted on 04. Oct, 2012 at 9:38 am #
      • From Umer:

        and almost forgot.. how much did Khaplu Palace & Residence costs ?

        Posted on 04. Oct, 2012 at 9:42 am #
  7. From Jalal:

    I have good apricot

    Posted on 12. Oct, 2013 at 6:28 am #

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