Fruity teacake

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus soaking


Serves 12
Perfect with a reviving cuppa, this cake is a keeper and will happily sit in a tin for a week or so

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal231
  • fat4g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.27g
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  • 300g mixture dried berries and cherries



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 225ml hot tea
  • juice 1 orange (about 75ml/2½fl oz) plus zest



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  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g light brown sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 egg



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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Place the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the hot tea, orange juice and zest. Cover with cling film, then leave for at least 4 hrs or better still overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg followed by the flour. Carefully stir through the fruit mixture. Spoon the mixture into the tin, then smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar.

  3. Bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out, cut into slices and serve.

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Comments (152)

stokieuk's picture

Love this recipe and have made time and time again. Very easy and very nice soft cake :)

I always add a little freshly grated ginger & nutmeg. Make sure to leave the tea to completely soak in to the dried fruit.

melitajm's picture

Lovely recipe that I'll definately make again!

vivienmary's picture

Whoops! forgot to mention that it took considerably longer to cook, about another 25 minutes to be exact! So keep putting it back into oven until the skewer comes out clean! By the way Aldi do a pack of Mxd Berries at quite a competitive price!

vivienmary's picture

Great recipe! didnt have quite enough fruit, so added a few dried prunes and apricots, soaked for 48hours as I had forgotten it! Used fresh orange juice (with bits) instead of whole orange. Didnt have Demerara sugar so used muscovado instead with some chopped almonds on the top. Wasnt at all crumbly, in fact, very moist, will defro make it again, especially as its low in fat content!

laugh_producer's picture

Really lovely and kept well. I added mixed spice in the dry mix and in the tea for soaking. Lovely.

catchtobin's picture

Very tasty. Quick and easy to make. Put mixture in four half pound loaf tins and baked for 40 mins.

mellowmuppet's picture

Very tasty + fruity, really enjoyed it. Mine crumbled a bit when first cut but still thoroughly delicious. :D

palmerinthekitchen's picture

I have made this a couple of times and the last time I made it with mixed fruit and dried berries to try and keep the cost down Lasts well and everybody loved it.

maraleah's picture

Didn't have dried berries so instead I used, glace cherries, dried dates, sultanas and candied peel. It turned out lovely, everyone in the family liked it. Will definitely make it again.

maxsmokey's picture

I made it using raisins, currants and a little fruit cake mix as we don't get the berry and cherry mixture in South Africa, it was quite sweet though. I used Earl Grey tea and it was a very subtle flavour. I think it's a good idea to use some nuts, I would do that in the future as I think it is too much fruit when using the sweeter dried grapes. But it was nice and having seen the comments, it wasn't only mine that was crumbly. I would try it again.

alcabe's picture

What did I do wrong?

I followed the recipe (I understood that the demerara was to go on the top, although not specified in the recipe) so didn't include it in the mix, but after 1.5 hours it was still stodgy. I took it out and cooled it, but later it still tasted like ... stodge. I had one slice, then chucked it in the bin. I have to say that it took a long time to combine the soaked (overnight) fruit and the rest of the mix but otherwise I have no idea what happened ... any ideas?

jecurley's picture

My husbands favourite cake, leave to soak over night for lovely moist texture.

jecurley's picture

My husbands favourite cake, leave to soak over night for lovely moist texture.

cooking4grandma's picture

I used Tescos luxury fruit mix & reduced sugar to 50g. My orange produced 100ml juice - my cake was not crumbly so I don't know if this made a difference. Cooked for 1 hour 10 mins.

belgium2970's picture

...forgot to say I used dried apricots, prunes cut up and sultanas .

belgium2970's picture

Used whole meal self easing flour and added 1 tsp mixed spice.
Very tasty with just 50 g of butter. Mine was not crumbly, good cake texture . One to be repeated !

jiddybrite's picture

Love this recipe, used cheap bag of mixed fruit from lidl and only soaked them for ten minutes as didnt have time to wait, also forgot to put the orange juice in. After cake had cooled it firmed up lovely, although quite crumbly.
Lovely for a mid morning snack with a cuppa!!!

murraja's picture

I made this with 100g raisins, 100g sultanas, 100g currants, the juice and zest of one large orange plus the 225ml of tea and left it overnight. The cake mix looked a little strange in the early stages of preparation - until I added the fruit mixture. Then it all came together nicely. Thought it was a great. Our friends enjoyed it too. Ate the last piece four days after making and it tasted even better!!

zoe_mf's picture

this has become one of my all-time favourite cakes to make: low fat and lovely and tasty. A great one to take round as a gift and works well in a round tin too. Love the mix of tea and orange as a flavour.

When I am on a tight budget I just increase the proportion of raisins to other dried fruit - still tastes lovely and a bit cheaper!

babybex's picture

lovely. too lovely not low fat as i couldn't stop eating more. mmmm cant wait to cook again, wouldn't change anything to the above recipe.


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