I’ve never been a big fan of fruity tea cake – its the sort of thing that rears it head once a year at Christmas and while I can eat one or two slices then, its just a little too rich for me. Imagine my surprise when I became totally besotted with Euphorium’s cranberry and chocolate tea cake. Even the hefty price tag of £2.50 a slice didn’t put me off. This weekend I decided before I go bankrupt spending all my money on tea cake, I would try to make it at home instead. 🙂
This easy to cake tea cake is packed FULL of fruits and goodness – considering there isn’t too much sugar in it (for a healthier option you can even omit the demerara sugar at the end) Takes about 1.15 hours in total to make (of course this is without the soaking of the fruits in tea and orange juice) and tastes really good. The only thing I would change about this recipe when I make it again is I would put less fruits in as I found I couldn’t really taste much cake. I’m also toying with the idea of soaking the fruits in earl grey tea (apparently this tastes great too) so we will see. The cake is quite moist inside too which is great – I hate dry cakes. 🙁
Did it taste like the cake from Euphorium? No, but close enough for me (and certainly lighter on the pocket!) All in all – a wonderful addition to our tea time – highly recommended especially if you like fruity cakes. The other half loved it.
What you need:
- 300g mixed dried berries and cherries (I used 250g of this and 50g cranberries)
- 225ml hot tea (I used yorkshire tea)
- Juice of 1 orange plus zest (this equates to about 75ml)
- 50g unsalted butter
- 100g light brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 225g self-raising flour
- 4 tbsp demerara sugar
Here’s how you do it:
Place dried fruits in a bowl and pour hot tea and orange juice over
Cover with cling film then leave for at least 4 hours or better still overnight
Heat oven to 180C/160Cfan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin. Then beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg followed by the flour. It will look a little crumbly so don’t worry
Give it a big ol’ mix together, making sure that everything is incorporated with each other
Pour in the fruit mixture and carefully stir through
Don’t worry if it looks like a big mess of mixed fruit and brown liquid – its meant to look like that 🙂
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 – this gives the top an extra crunchy topping
Bake for 1hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cook in the tin, then turn out. Cut into slices and serve with a lovely cup of tea!
Ta-daa! One lovely fruity tea cake coming right up!
Have you got an easy fruity tea cake recipe? Share it with me – I would love to hear from you!
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