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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24th Apr, 2012
Love this recipe, used cheap bag of mixed fruit from lidl and only soaked them for ten minutes as didnt have time to wait, also forgot to put the orange juice in. After cake had cooled it firmed up lovely, although quite crumbly. Lovely for a mid morning snack with a cuppa!!!
18th Apr, 2012
I made this with 100g raisins, 100g sultanas, 100g currants, the juice and zest of one large orange plus the 225ml of tea and left it overnight. The cake mix looked a little strange in the early stages of preparation - until I added the fruit mixture. Then it all came together nicely. Thought it was a great. Our friends enjoyed it too. Ate the last piece four days after making and it tasted even better!!
7th Apr, 2012
this has become one of my all-time favourite cakes to make: low fat and lovely and tasty. A great one to take round as a gift and works well in a round tin too. Love the mix of tea and orange as a flavour. When I am on a tight budget I just increase the proportion of raisins to other dried fruit - still tastes lovely and a bit cheaper!
3rd Apr, 2012
lovely. too lovely not low fat as i couldn't stop eating more. mmmm cant wait to cook again, wouldn't change anything to the above recipe.
2nd Apr, 2012
If you wanted to substitute the raspberries for raisins, would you use the same amount or a different weight? Also, does anybody know how to shorten the cooking time [on a fan oven in degrees C] if you are in a rush? Thanks!
19th Mar, 2012
I have made this cake loads of times, with the topping and without, with different fruits and usually extra cherries etc. Its a firm family and work favourite - dead easy if you have the oven on for a stew or something if you have remembered to soak the fruit the previous evening!
26th Feb, 2012
Just prepared 2 small loaves of this cake. The house smells divine and it tastes yummy too. Not dry at all. I used lychee black tea instead of normal tea. I guess one can really experiment with this cake and it will still turn out fine!
4th Feb, 2012
Apols on hijacking this recipe thread ....but itching to make the marmalade bar from the March 2012 edition and the recipe has no eggs in it - surely this can't be right? It must need at least one to set the mix, surely? It has 4 fl oz of milk and 5 oz of melted butter in it. Anybody have an opinion?
7th Jan, 2012
made this yesterday and didn´t have an orange so used lemon and lemon zest instead. It was delicious and quite crumbly but had a slice today and it is much firmer and sliced well. One for the folder . Oh and added a splash of vermouth to the fruit.
5th Jan, 2012
Brill recipe but wished i would of put spices and cinnamon in my FELLA LOVED IT


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