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



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  • 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 (154)

ayleen_p's picture

It was very easy to make and very tasty and healthy. I will be using less dried fruit next time though as I found it too fruity. It took longer than an hour to bake it but maybe turn the heat down nearer the end so it won't burn the sugary top.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Used up open packets of dried fruit from the cupboard and soaked overnight. Very good tea loaf - moist and fruity with a good orange flavour.

lovetocook10x's picture

Was delicious ! My whole family loved it , couldnt get enough :)
plus its low fat too which is an extra treat !

kittycat10's picture

Sorry. forgot to rate it!

kittycat10's picture

This is the first time I had made this and the result was superb! I just used a dried fruit mixture of sultanas and raisins, soaked overnight in the tea and the next morning pretty much all the fluid had been absorbed. The cake was so moist. I had to smile at the comment 'This cake will keep a week', not in this house it wouldn't. Definately a favourite.

ladywillow's picture

Instead of berries I used a mixture of sultanas, chopped dried apricots and chopped glace cherries.

It doesn't matter what dried fruits you use so long as the total weight is the same.

The apricots particularly made it beautifully moist.

Vegirl's picture

I am not normally keen on this type of cake but this one was really lovely.

lynsey1980's picture

Very quick, very easy, very lovely recipe!

We made Spiced Vodka for Christmas and had tons of raisins and cranberries left over so we used them in this recipe. It tasted amazing, very Christmassy!

fmcroberts's picture

I used a mixture of dried cherries, sultanas and raisins. All mixed berries would have made it too expensive. I wrapped it in foil and it kept fine for a week. Really nice and fruity tasting and the orange zest and juice add a lovely freshness to the cake. Watch out for the loaf tin, I assumed the one I had would be a standard size but it seems that 2lbs is bigger than the usual size available in smaller shops.

ncsh556's picture

really yum. soaked sultanans and apricots overnight. will try cherries next time. smelt very christmassy!!!

jimbo84's picture

I've made this cake several times for colleauges at work and it always disappears very quickly!

trees0604's picture

Used a mixture of dried fruit and fresh fruit (blueberries, figs) and added cinnamon. Soaked fruit in herbal tea plus brandy.
Also added some walnuts.

It was delicious!'s picture

Not rating this recipe yet as its still baking in the oven! But it smells delicious. I used blueberries, cherries, cranberries, golden sultanas, raisins, in fact anything I could get my hands on in the cupboards. The dried fruits are so easy to find in any supermarket, I quite like Aldi's. I also added a sprinkle of mixed spice and a splash of dark rum in it just to be decadent, I'll let you know how it tastes once its finished cooking!!

linw333's picture

Absolutely delicious! Next time I will miss out the sugar topping though, as i don't feel it added anything to the cake and was too sweet.

annifer's picture

The first cake I've made in years!! Absolutely delicious and not too sweet. I added chopped, dried apricots and sultanas to the 170 gram packet of 'berries and cherries' to make the weight of fruit up to 300 grams, but as I didn't have any demerara sugar, left off the topping. Will certainly make this one again

angfen's picture

Delicious.... just have to prepare from before....

clur79's picture

this is a lovely tasty moist cake. I used 6oz dried cranberries, 3 oz of glace cherries (couldn't get dried) and 1oz raisins. Even my fruitcake-hating partner liked it.

ardanbothar's picture

Made this week. Used dried berries and cherries out of Tesco. Nice-ish cake!! Family weren't impressed, but the girlies at my coffee morning were!!! It was ok, but not brilliant!!

sue436's picture

I used 100g glace cherries and 200g sultanas but found that there were too many sultantas but I guess it's personal preference. The cake is very easy to make and not putting the sugar on top hasn't in anyway spoiled the overall taste nor did the top burn. My husband loves it and I will certainly make it again.

america1's picture

I made this cake a few days in advance of a special lunch as the recipe said it would keep well in a tin. It turned out to be very wet and soggy and was a real disappointment. I certainly would not make it again.


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