A fruity tea loaf cut into slices

Sultana cake recipes

Discover our top-rated, must-try dried fruit cakes, packed with storecupboard staple sultanas. Try our recipes for fruity tea loaves, Dundee cake, lardy cake and more.

70 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy a classic, fruity cake, packed full of plump tea-infused sultanas and raisins. Slice it into thick wedges and spread with salted butter for a satisfying treat

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
45 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake with cherries, sultanas and almonds, and a sweet glaze

2 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
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12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

A super-speedy fruit sponge that's cooked in the microwave and ready in just 10 minutes - serve with hot custard or golden syrup

10 mins
Easy
102 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This cake has all the flavours of Christmas, but won't take ages to make - you can decorate it any way you like. Ideal for a wedding cake too

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This enriched, spiced, sweet bread is layered up with currants, sultanas, apricots and cherries - serve in wedges for a delicious tea time treat

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve this Scottish classic with plenty of butter. If you have any leftover, toast it for breakfast or use for a bread & butter pudding

2 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

These cute oven-steamed puds with nutmeg custard are almost like blonde Christmas puddings

50 mins
Easy
76 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A tasty cake with no added fat or sugar - try it to believe it. Plus it's easily made gluten-free

1 hr and 15 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
14 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A fruit cake for those who like theirs light, spicy, fruity and moist, with a tart cranberry topping

2 hrs
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This fabulously moist and nutty Christmas cake is baked with a syrup and nut topping - a bit like a Florentine biscuit

2 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
28 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A good glug of ginger wine makes this cake a little different from the norm. It's also lighter than its predecessors, so you can have two pieces!

2 hrs and 50 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

An 'intergalactically special' Christmas cake enriched with the honey-vanilla-whisky flavours of bourbon - it'll improve with keeping so bake it early

3 hrs and 15 mins
A challenge
289 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Bake this festive fruit cake in advance of Christmas and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist

2 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
10 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A beautiful, moist gluten-free cake packed with zingy citrus flavours, wonderful for Christmas

2 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
12 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

As well as the topping, the cake has a hidden layer of homemade marzipan mixed with ginger...

3 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
20 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Has all the flavours of Christmas without being too heavy and can be made at the last minute too

3 hrs
Easy
60 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Use your choice of dried fruit, nuts, citrus zest and booze (or even tea) and get your cake made up to six months in advance

5 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
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