Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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(109 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



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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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20th Sep, 2012
Very tasty + fruity, really enjoyed it. Mine crumbled a bit when first cut but still thoroughly delicious. :D
11th Sep, 2012
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.
4th Sep, 2012
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.
1st Sep, 2012
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.
21st Jul, 2012
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?
7th May, 2012
My husbands favourite cake, leave to soak over night for lovely moist texture.
7th May, 2012
My husbands favourite cake, leave to soak over night for lovely moist texture.
5th May, 2012
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.
3rd May, 2012
...forgot to say I used dried apricots, prunes cut up and sultanas .
3rd May, 2012
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 !


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