Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I don't like dark fruitcake. This is a lovely, light one with exceptional flavour. The honey, brown sugar, nectar and alcohol will make this your favourite fruitcake recipe. This is the fastest fruitcake recipe I've ever followed, too.
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 2 1⁄4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 10 eggs
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 lbs dried apricots, quartered
- 2 lbs walnut halves
- 1 1⁄2 lbs pitted dates, halved
- 1 lb golden raisin
- 1 cup apricot nectar
- 1⁄2 cup light cream
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup brandy
- 1⁄4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (like Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Curacao)
- Preheat oven to 250F.
- Butter and flour 4, 9 ½ X 5 inch loaf pans.
- Cream together butter, brown sugar and honey.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, allspice and salt.
- Stir half of flour mixture into butter mixture.
- In the remaining flour, dredge apricots, walnuts, dates and raisins.
- In a small bowl combine nectar, cream, vanilla extract and lemon juice; add to batter and fold in fruit.
- Divide among 4 buttered and floured 9 ½ X 5 inch loaf pans and bake for 2 ½ to 3 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.
- Combine brandy with liqueur and sprinkle each cake with ¼ of this mixture.
- Let cakes stand 1 hour.
- Remove from pans and chill, tightly wrapped in foil, for atleast 1 week before cutting.
Although I did make but half of this recipe (almost a week & a half ago), & was pretty sure about the outcome, (& definitely wasn't disappointed) ~ THIS IS A GREAT TASTING CAKE, in spite of fact that I did a few things differently! I added just a small amount more flour & then included the Grand Marnier in the batter! Also half of the dates I used were Medjool, which I really love because they're so chewy & moist! Finally I didn't sprinkle the loaves with any liqueur, since I seem to know a lot of recovering alcoholics! And so, the final result was a great Thanksgiving gift for my son & DIL & another loaf just for my other half & me! Definitely a keeper of a recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in the Bargain Basement]