Brandied or Rum Apricot Walnut Filling

This is a very rich, fragrant apricot filling, that infuses the whole cake with a delicate flavor. I love it with a good butter cake, but it pairs well with white cakes, almond cakes, or of course, apricot cake. You can omit the rum or brandy.

Brandied or Rum Apricot Walnut Filling


  • 1/3 cup butter plus 1 T (not margarine)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 12 oz apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup brandy or rum
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • ½ T gelatin (1/2 of package)
  • 2 T cold water


  1. In non-stick pan, toast walnuts with 1 T of butter until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a very small bowl.
  3. Remove toasted walnuts from pan, set aside.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of butter and brown sugar to non-stick pan. Melt over low heat, stirring gently until brought to low, gentle simmer. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat. Blend in preserves, brandy (or rum), and walnuts. Cool slightly, and blend in gelatin.
  6. Refrigerate to set.

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