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



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 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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30th May, 2013
I substitute the sugar for sweetner and it works out great too
13th May, 2013
Made this yesterday and it was the best cake I have ever made. Really tasty and moist. I used 100g glacé cherries and 200g sultanas. One hours cooking time was exactly right. Left off the demerara topping as others commenters suggested and agree that the cake didn't need it. Highly recommended.
6th May, 2013
Used Earl Grey tea to soak the fruit - lovely, crumbly cake with moist fruit. Will definitely bake again especially with so little butter and sugar!!
28th Apr, 2013
This is sooooo tasty made a couple of days ago added cranberries glazed cherries, did not have an orange so used fresh orange with bits also had to bake for 1hr 20mins. It's nearly all gone went down well with the family so am now making another. Fruit soaking in tea still didn't have an orange so used the juice and jest of a Satsuma and added some walnuts. If this turns out as well as the first I will be happy.
11th Apr, 2013
Yummy!! I accidentally used dark brown sugar instead of light, but it still tasted lovely (Just a bit more christmas-cakey). Will definitely be making again!
23rd Mar, 2013
Very easy to make and freeze! A fantastic flavour, and I don't even like tea! I took this to Kraft with me at a nursery and it kept the staff goings all day! Really good, cooked dry well and remained nice and moist even after freezing. I used an even mix of sultanas, raisins and currants for the dried fruit!
19th Mar, 2013
Fantastic cake. Sooooooo cherries and berries from Lidls made up the shortfall with raisins.Was so nice, making two tomorrow.
2nd Mar, 2013
Made this cake with 100g of cherries and 250g of raisen/sultana mix. Left out the zest and only soaked the fruit for 30 mins. Added all fruit &tea to mixure.I also didnt add the sugar on top... its is afterall meant to be low fat!? It turned out well and really yummy. Im doing weight watchers after havingba baby and am glad I can now have a slice of cake on sunday with my coffee.
11th Feb, 2013
Great flavours but a bit too sweet, will reduce sugar next time. Lovely with a cup of tea.
29th Jan, 2013
Scrumptious. As only baking for 2, made as a traybake (1 litre foil dish - approx 11cm x 20cm) using 1/2 measures of the ingredients. Used the other half of the beaten egg in a different recipe. Made with mix of dried fruits I had in the house (raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, chopped apricots) and glace cherries. Baked for approx 30 mins @ 180 deg C. Can get 12 portions from this bake. Lovely and moist even 5 days later. Eat it with low fat fruit yoghurt on top for breakfast as part of our calorie controlled diet.


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