Quick tea cake recipe

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10 min


1 hr 15 min

This is a delicious tea cake which is very easy to make and will soon become a family favourite. This cake is very moist and is ideal for tea time or as a snack at any time of the day. Spread it with butter or a spread or simply eat it as it is, sliced thickly or thinly. Why not have a slice or two with a bowl of yogurt for a filling and wholesome breakfast. It’s also a popular addition to a packed lunch. By boiling the fruit and sugar in a pan before baking the fruit is extra soft and full of tea flavour which makes the sponge extra moist and infused with flavour.


  • 125g butter or margarine
  • 275ml tea
  • 175g mixed dried fruit
  • 125g soft brown sugar
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp mixed spice


  • Preheat oven to 180⁰C/350⁰F/Fan 160⁰C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and bottom line a 1kg loaf tin.

  • Put the butter or margarine, tea, fruit and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir continuously and bring to the boil. Simmer for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

  • When the mixture is cool, sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spice.

  • Mix together well the spoon into the prepared loaf tin.

  • Bake for 1 – 1 ¼ hours until well risen and until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Serve sliced spread with butter.

Top tip for making Quick tea cake

This loaf gets even better if kept for a few days – wrap in foil or store in an airtight container.

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