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Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake

Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake

Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake. A moist and delicious, easy to make fruitcake, that borrows some of the best elements of other cakes into a uniquely delicious collision of flavours.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 40 or more servings
Calories 211 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cups sultana or golden raisins
  • 1 1/2  cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup chopped glacé cherries
  • 1 cup mixed glacé fruit or candied mixed citrus peel
  • 1 cup brandy If making a no alcohol version use white grape juice or apple juice
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/2 cup additional brandy if you do the additional brandy soak.
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Instructions

  1. This recipe starts 24 hours in advance with the soaking of the fruit in the brandy. I soak the fruit in a shallow airtight glass or plastic container. Stirring them several times during the day. After 24 hours the fruit should have soaked up practically all of the rum. You can do this days or weeks in advance if you want. It makes no difference as long as the fruit is stored in an airtight container.
  2. Grease a 10 inch springform pan well and line it with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and all of the spices. Set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Next blend in the molasses until well combined.
  7. Fold in 3 /4 of the dry ingredients mixture, until almost incorporated. A few streaks of flour should remain, so that it isn't over mixed.
  8. Add the soaked fruit and any remaining brandy. There should be very little if any left.
  9. Fold the fruit for several turns before adding the last of the dry ingredient mixture. Fold until the batter is smooth.
  10. Add the batter to the prepared pan, spread evenly and bake for 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Test it with a clean wooden toothpick at two or three points near the centre to be absolutely sure the cake is baked.
  11. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes before releasing the sides of the pan and sliding the cake onto a wire cooling rack to cool to room temperature.
  12. At this point you can poke small holes in the top and bottom of the cake with a fork and pour on 4 ounces of dark rum or your favorite whiskey, half on the top, wait ten minutes, then flip it over and pour the remaining half on the bottom.
  13. Soak several layers of cheesecloth in additional rum if you like and wrap completely around the cake, then cover with several layers of plastic wrap and store in a COOL place.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can easily be made non alcoholic by using the suggested substitution of grape juice or apple juice to soak the fruit. The cake would not be soaked in anything after baking. It still makes a very nice fruit cake with a very straight forward preparation method and with no need to boil the dried fruit.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Potassium 171mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Sugars 22g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.