Apricot Fruitcake

Posted on Dec 18 2015 - 9:24am by Barry C. Parsons

Apricot Fruitcake – This light apricot fruitcake recipe takes our very popular Apricot Raisin Cake and turns it into a moist and delicious Christmas fruitcake.

Apricot Fruitcake

Apricot Fruitcake

As promised to my followers on the Rock Recipes Facebook Page, here is the light fruitcake that I have been working on based upon the Apricot Raisin Cake that is so popular here in Newfoundland, especially during the holiday season. I’ve always liked the texture of that cake, so I bumped up the amount of fruit in it, adding some glace cherries and mixed fruit as well. I’ve added no nuts here but if you are so inclined, add your favorite chopped toasted variety to this recipe. This just may destined to be a new family favorite for the holiday season.

Apricot Light Fruitcake

Apricot Light Fruitcake (Original 2009 photo)

The recipe upon which this light fruitcake is based is very popular here in Newfoundland, especially around Christmas. Find the original moist, rich Apricot Raisin Cake here.

Apricot Raisin Cake

Apricot Raisin Cake (The original recipe used as a base for this cake)

Originally published Nov 18, 2009. Updated Photos December 18, 2015.
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Apricot Fruitcake
Apricot Fruitcake
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
3 hr
This moist, spice-less fruitcake is one of our family favorites. It is not nearly as heavily flavored as dark fruitcake. Since no spices or molasses are used this cake relies purely on the flavor of the dried fruits.
Course: Cakes
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups light raisins or sultana raisins
  • 2 cup dried apricots chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pound glace cherries chopped
  • 1 pound mixed dried fruit
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the water, apricots, 1/4 cup sugar and raisins and simmer slowly for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Cream the butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  5. Fold half of the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
  6. Fold in the cooled boiled apricot mixture.
  7. Fold in the remaining dry ingredients.
  8. Fold in the cherries and dried fruit.
  9. Bake in a greased and floured tube pan or 2 greased and parchment lined small loaf pans at 325 degrees F for about an hour or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. A tube pan will probably take over an hour depending on size. My small aluminum loaf pans took about 55 minutes. The toothpick test is the most reliable way to test if the cake is baked.
  11. Cool in the pan/s for a 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in a cake tin or other airtight container. Freezes well too.
Recipe Notes
The prep time here includes cooling time for the boiled raisin base.
I recommend using light raisins in this recipe if you want to keep the golden color of the cake crumb. Using darker raisins can affect the color but not the flavour of the cake.

Apricot Fruitcake

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I love a good fruit cake, so I’ll be making this later in the week.
Thanks. Teresa


I love the texture of apricot cake also and I am very excited about making this cake in a few days!

Michelles Life

I made this fruitcake today. It is the first time that I’ve tried to make one and it turned out wonderful!!! I love it! I used one large loaf and I had a pan that has 8 small loaves. They are so cute, I hope they freeze well because I wanted to wrap them and give as little Christmas gifts! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be trying some of your other delightful dishes in the future! Michelle D


When you make the cakes in smaller pans do you adjust the temp


if i was to make the fruit cake with some nuts like almonds would i need to boil the almonds too? thanks !

Barry C. Parsons

I definitely would NOT boil the almonds. I might toast them lightly in the oven first though for extra flavor and texture.

Thanks for reading, Barry.


I first made this recipe last Christmas & it turned out great. I made it again for my mother’s 80th birthday cake & everyone raved about it.I now have 2 more requests from my husband & son for this DELICIOUS fruitcake as their birthday cakes. I have made it in a tube pan but now will do them in loaf pans.
Thanks for the recipe Barry.

Barry C. Parsons

You’re so welcome. This recipe has been in my family for many years and I expect will survive for generations to come.


Just wondering how long this keeps? Is it like other fruit cakes that last forever? Does it freeze well? Thanks.

Barry C. Parsons

I never try to keep fruitcake for longer than a week or so. I just usually freeze it in loaves and take it out of the freezer as I need it….and yes this one freezes very well.

I tried making this cake and it did not turn out at all like the one in the picture. It was still good and tasted great, but the colour and texture was very different than your pic. Mine was much darker in colour, because after coking the raisins for 30 minutes the liquid turned dark and therefore caused my dough to be much darker than your pic. Also mine is very crumbly….and dense. It still got eaten mind you but I’d love to know what I did wrong. Also there was way too much dough for a tube pan, I… Read more »
Barry C. Parsons

I suspect that you boiled the mixture too rapidly. It needs to be slowly simmered. I have never had that result. The type of raisins probably also contributed to the color, try using golden raisins next time. Sizes of tube pans vary so I can’t comment on that but mine more than accommodates this recipe. Any excess can always be baked in a small loaf pan and even given as a gift.


Oooo! This looks and sounds sooooo yummy! I think that this is one fruitcake that I will definitely make and like! Thanks for the recipe!


can you soak this cake with rum or apricot brandy and wrap to keep longer? Or would it need to be a more dense recipe?

Ruby crane

What are dry fruit I always use glacé fruit .is it the same


Made this cake yeasterday and it is amazing. I will be making this one every christmas for sure!


This is my go-to Christmas Fruitcake. I sent 2 of these off to Alberta to our sons living there & I know it will be a little of being home for the holiday-great recipe!
P.S. I had to put another 1 in the freezer for hubby.


Hi Barry! This recipe sounds awesome! Could you please let me know if you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks so much.

Violet Windspear

I just made this WONDERFUL cake for the first time this year. Thank you for the recipe. Everyone who has tried it loves it! Highly recommended for something a little bit different, but very tasty.

I’ll be trying some other recipes here for sure.


This looks like a delicious cake but I am wondering if it is really sweet. Can you use a little les sugar and it would still be ok?


After simmering the Apricots, do you ad the liquid left over too or drain it. I love all your ideas and fab recipes.. thank you


Could I make this cake without cooking the fruit ? Ifollowed your recipe .The cake turned out very soggy .


Hi Barry, when they say mixed dry fruit what does that really mean. Just the ordinary mix fruit?


M O'Neill
Love your site. Just thought I’d pass this along that I tried your apricot light fruitcake for Christmas and was disappointed in the result. I baked it in 1 large and 1 smaller bread pans but it did not cook in the middle of either. I had them in the oven for nearly 2 hours and the middles were still not cooked, but the edges were hard, because of the time in the oven. It tasted good but I had to discard the middle of each as was still doughy. I think I may have used too much fruit as… Read more »

Do you mind telling me what size you consider to be a ” small ” loaf pan? Also would you advise baking in a tinfoil loaf pan or is metal better. Thankyou

Vincent Alviano

I see a lot of green fruit, what type is that


Can you soak cake in liquor


as with the original recipe do you let the fruit soak overnight after boiling to keep the fruits moist? or do you just let them come to room temperature after boiling and add it to the batter thereafter?

Dr. Barry Joe

Made three loaves of this recipe this afternoon and it is definitely a keeper! The slow steady simmer is so important in tenderizing the fruit, and I spread the reduced syrup and fruit out on a baking sheet to help it cool faster to room temperature. I made this so we wouldn’t be tempted to cut the traditional dark fruitcake I just made three days ago — so glad I found this recipe!


Great cake, easy to make, very tasty! Is the 325 oven regular or convection? In able to get mine com clean on the toothpick test it was browner on the outside than yours looked in the photo.


I love the way it looks. I have many friends that are single, would love to make for Christmas gifts. Can I make mini loafs? How long would you bake mini loafs.? I have never made Christmas cakes before, but yours look great & the reviews are awesome. Thanks you. Katt


I would like to try this as I have an unsulphured dried fruit mix that I think would be lovely. After simmering the fruit, about how much liquid is left? 2 1/2 cups becomes? 1/2 cup or 1 cup syrup?
Thank you.


I am going to be trying this recipe, But first I was wondering if you have to put the raisins in?