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



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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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25th Jan, 2013
I tried this yesterday and my family love it! Thanks. I used all cranberries.
21st Jan, 2013
Followed recipe, didn't change anything. Turned out lovely. Slice using a bread knife.
15th Jan, 2013
Update on my cake from family and friends - so lovely and moist, when are you making another one soon! This is an excellent recipe - so I have given it five stars.
13th Jan, 2013
I made this with 100g of mixed fruit, 100g of currants and 100g of raisins but left out the orange juice and zest. I also didn't put any sugar on the top when baking. I baked it in the centre of the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes when it was done. I have yet to taste it to tomorrow and will let you know then with an update. I also soaked the fruit with hot tea for about half an hour and boosted it with one full minute in the microwave!
22nd Dec, 2012
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.
4th Nov, 2012
Lovely recipe that I'll definately make again!
8th Oct, 2012
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!
8th Oct, 2012
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!
4th Oct, 2012
Really lovely and kept well. I added mixed spice in the dry mix and in the tea for soaking. Lovely.
24th Sep, 2012
Very tasty. Quick and easy to make. Put mixture in four half pound loaf tins and baked for 40 mins.


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