Apricot-Nut-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake


2 cups water
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 cups sugar, divided
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine water, apricots, raisins, and ¼ cup sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well, discard water, and set the apricot-raisin mixture aside to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract on moderately high speed until light and fluffy. Add 1-½ cups of the sugar and continue to beat until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and remaining ¼ cup sugar, and add gradually to the creamed mixture, combining well. Gently fold in the pecans and the apricot-raisin mixture. Turn into a greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake 70 to 80 minutes, until cake is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.


12 generous slices

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