Gingered Fruitcake


Spice up your Christmas cake this year with fresh-grated ginger and a splash of bourbon. Apples and dried apricots make this fruit cake recipe sweet and seasonal.

Gingered Fruit Cake
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • ¾ cup pecan halves, toasted

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped

  • cup dried apricots, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 4 - 5 slices fresh red apple

  • 5 - 6 dried apricot halves (not unsulfured)

  • 2 tablespoon pecan halves

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or rum


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and lightly flour a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

  2. Place the 1/2 cup toasted pecans in a food processor; cover and process until finely ground. In a large mixing bowl combine ground pecans, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, 1/2 cup butter, and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute (batter will be thick). Fold in chopped dried apples, chopped dried apricots, and ginger. Transfer to prepared pan; spread evenly. Arrange fresh apple slices, dried apricot halves, and remaining pecan halves over batter.

  3. Bake about 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Remove bottom of pan.

  4. To serve, in a small saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter; whisk in honey and bourbon or rum. Brush some of the sauce over cake before slicing. Serve with remaining sauce.

To store:

Use bourbon or orange juice to moisten a large piece of 100% cotton cheesecloth; wrap cake in the cheesecloth. Place in a large resealable plastic bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

451 Calories
20g Fat
64g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 451
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0.8mg 4%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 273mg 6%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 53.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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