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Apricot Fruitcake

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 my latest light fruitcake that I have been working on. It’s 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. I added some glacé cherries and mixed fruit as well.

Dried apricots for Apricot Coconut Cookie Bars shown in white ramekin.

Dried apricots.

I’ve added no nuts here but if you are so inclined, add your favourite chopped toasted variety to this recipe. This just may destined to be a new family favourite for the holiday season.

Raisins for Hot Cross Buns shown in a white bowl.

Sultana Raisins are what I use most but golden raisins are very good too.

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

Originally published Nov 18, 2009. Updated Photos December 18, 2015.
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Apricot Fruitcake

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Apricot Fruitcake
Yield: 48 servings

Apricot Fruitcake

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours

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.


  • 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.


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.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

48 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 171Saturated Fat 3gCholesterol 26mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 2g
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Saturday 21st of November 2020

Do you need to drain the simmered rasins and apricots?


Thursday 19th of November 2020

Can I add liquor to this? If so, where would I add.?


Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Cake looks good, but 325 seems low and 1 hr seems short for fruitcakes which usually take a few hours.

misty white

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Can this cake be made without the apricots? I don't like them but this cake looks perfect as a fruitcake.

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 6th of November 2020

Sure. We actually have used this recipe as the base for a fruitcake that turned out amazing!

June Handrigan

Monday 26th of October 2020

Where can i purchase your cook book of cakes and cookies? I am thinking especially your Christmas cakes and cookies

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