Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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(110 ratings)

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



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  • 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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17th Feb, 2014
Loved this... we ate some while it was still warm and it was absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe and used sultanas, currants and cherries. It wasn't dry, far from it and I fear it may all get eaten before it sees a cake tin.
16th Feb, 2014
Delicious! Although, the dried cherries and berries made it quite an expensive cake to make, so I might try alternatives next times (but the cherries especially made it very tasty!)
23rd Jan, 2014
I replaced the butter with 50ml sunflower oil (will try olive oil next time) and used a 300g pack of Montedos Fruit Mix (from Lidl), which contains a mixture of jumbo raisins, golden raisins and cranberries, soaked overnight in Earl Grey tea with the zest and juice of an orange. It was so easy to make, took 1hr 20mins to bake, turned out beautifully moist and is absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again. Thank you. NB I also omitted demerara sugar topping as I don't like too much sugar.
27th Oct, 2013
Cooked it for 1hr 20mins and it was lovely and moist. very yummy!
21st Oct, 2013
Followed the receipe to the letter and it was awful. After 95 minutes it was still not cooked, very stodgy and total waste of ingredients and money. Won't be trying it again!
12th Oct, 2013
This is lovely. I used 150g dried cranberries and 150 sultanas. You definitely need the tea and orange juice left after soaking - my tip would be don't drain the fruit, just add it all to the mix. Mine didn't turn out crumbly, quite easy to cut. And low fat too!
10th Oct, 2013
Lovely, light tea loaf. Definitely worth soaking the fruit overnight and adding the tea and orange juices to the mix.
24th Sep, 2013
I used Early Grey tea and quite a lot of juice from the orange so the cake was really really moist and lovely, everyone really liked it! I cooked it for a bit longer, around 1 hour 15. Will definitely make it again! Seemed a bit more like a fruit cake due to the volume of fruit than a tea loaf though.
1st Sep, 2013
I used Earl Grey tea and lemon rather than orange, and this was still utterly nommy :)
11th Aug, 2013
I have just made this using Dove's gluten free flour. Is a little crumbly, as always without gluten, but turned out very well. I also used earl grey tea and half light, half dark sugar (as that was all I had in the cupboard). Has gone down very well in our house with a cup of tea


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