Apricot Fruitcake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + cooling


2 loaves (18 slices each)

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
My husband didn't care for fruitcake (which I love) - till he tasted this one. He and I have three children. He's an avid fishermen...when others are canning fruits and vegetables, I'm busy canning and smoking salmon! -Clare Brooks, Juneau, Alaska


  • 2 cups golden raisins
  • 2 cups each coarsely chopped dried apricots and dates
  • 1 cup each red and green candied cherries, halved
  • 2 cups each coarsely chopped pecans, walnuts and Brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cloves, mace and nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a large bowl, combine the fruits, nuts, honey, water and lemon juice; set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Fold into fruit mixture. Combine dry ingredients; gradually fold into the fruit mixture until evenly coated. Pour into two greased and waxed paper-lined 9x5-in. loaf pans.
  3. With a shallow pan of water in the bottom of the oven, bake at 275° for 2-1/2 hours or until cake tests done. Cover with foil during the last 30 minutes.
  4. Cool 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Remove waxed paper and wrap each cake in foil. Place in plastic bags and store in a cool, dry place.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 360 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.