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fruity teacake recipe

Fruity tea cake

fruity tea cake

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:

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  • 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:

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Place dried fruits in a bowl and pour hot tea and orange juice over

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Cover with cling film then leave for at least 4 hours or better still overnight

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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

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Give it a big ol’ mix together, making sure that everything is incorporated with each other

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Pour in the fruit mixture and carefully stir through

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Don’t worry if it looks like a big mess of mixed fruit and brown liquid – its meant to look like that 🙂

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Spoon the mixture into the tin, then smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon

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Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar – this gives the top an extra crunchy topping

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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!

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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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Happy baking! :)

KimmyX

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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everyone needs a good cupcake with pink sparkles!

It was our annual summer picnic in the estate yesterday and I decided our contributions would be some cupcakes – well, my contribution anyway, the better half stays well away from baking cakes – he decided to pack some crisps as his contribution hahaha :).  I’ve been really really tired lately, in-between recovering from the lack of sleep when the GLS was here and hauling my lazy bum back to work, I have been falling asleep everywhere and anywhere, from the dinner table, to the couch to the floor!

We woke up on Saturday morning at a respectable 9am – after all, we had to take the doggies out for a walk in the park before I could get onto my cupcake baking mission. We reached home at about 12noon and so were (as usual) late for the party that began at 12 – thank God that the picnic was just outside out house on the communal garden! Because of the time (tick tock tick tock Kim!) I could only manage to make 12 cupcakes – last year I made 36! Urghh – I’m getting old and slow I think! 🙁

And so, here is my recipe – its quick, simple and quite tasty.  I used a vanilla buttercream frosting for the topping. The recipe for that is quite forgiving, you add more icing sugar if its too runny, and more vanilla extract if you think its not as tasty (or are a vanilla fiend like me!!) 🙂

 

What you need:

  • 200 grams self raising flour
  • 150 castor sugar
  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 60ml milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 grams chocolate chips (more or less if you want!)

For the vanilla buttercream icing:

  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 175 grams icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk (I used whole milk)
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.

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Sift flour into a bowl. Add butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, beat mixture on low for 1 minute or until combined. Increase speed to medium.

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Beat for 2 minutes or until pale and smooth.

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Fold in choc-chips.

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Spoon into prepared muffin holes.

I filled the cupcake cases 2/3 full, as I didn’t want it to rise too much. I couldn’t risk my cupcakes looking like little mountains – with the icing on, it’ll look like mini alps! hahahaha. :). Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in centre of 1 cupcake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto on a wire rack to cool.

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Meanwhile, make icing Using an electric mixer, beat butter, icing sugar and milk. Beat until combined, adding extra milk if needed. Add the vanilla extract and pinch of salt (optional).  If you find the frosting too runny, add a little more icing sugar – be careful not too add too much though! 🙂 I used a teaspoon to add to the mixture as mine was a little runny.

 

 

 

viola!

viola!

Decorate how you like – I used pink sparkle dust!

These cupcakes are so very easy to make and tasted yummy. Have you got a cupcake recipe that you love?

Happy baking lovelies!

KimmyX

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

The better half has swanned off to Brunei where he will be for the next week or so with work, however, his brother has brought his lovely family down for the weekend to London while they watch a concert. Me and their youngest daughter S decided that we were going to spend our afternoon baking a lovely Victoria Sponge Cake for us to eat for dessert after our dinner! Continue reading

Boston Cream Cupcakes

Boston Cream Cupcakes

Boston Cream Cupcakes

 

The last of my trio of cakes for the charity bake sale at work, Boston Cream Cupcakes.  The other two were: Blueberry Cupcakes and Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips. This one I think I like the best – not to say the other two were not good – they were really nice, but I love the blend of the custard within this cake and the light fluffy chocolate mousse that adorns the cake. The cake itself is so light but still so tasty – its like eating tasting air it that light! 🙂 🙂 This has to be my favourite recipe to date. You have to try and bake these to see what I’m on about!!  🙂 Continue reading

Easy Blueberry Cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

The second of my trio of cakes that I’m baking for tomorrow, this Easy Blueberry Cupcake is prepared and baked in under an hour, and tastes delicious (according to better half). The blueberries in this delicious cake are a healthier option and the cake itself is very light and fluffy – perfect if you have guests that just decided to turn up and you needed to whip something up pronto!

The other two recipes I’m baking for the day are Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips and Boston Cream Cupcakes. Have a quick peek at them if you fancy! Continue reading

Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips

Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips

Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips

My very good friend N just lost an aunt to cancer and as a thank you, she decided to do a charity bake sale at the office for tomorrow to raise funds for the hospice that cared so well for her aunt.  She asked me if I was interested in making some cakes and, of course, I obliged! I mean, any excuse to do some Sunday baking! I decided to make 3 different cakes – Moist Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips, Blueberry Cupcakes (for those who wanted to be a tad healthy) and Boston Cream Cupcakes.

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Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

I have never been the biggest cake fan – don’t know why really.  The better half is not the biggest fan either (unless its got lemon in it – see Lemon Poppy loaf recipe here and Lemon Drizzle cake here) However, I LOVE baking.  A couple of weeks ago, me and P had gone out to Pizza Express for lunch and I had a discount code that entitled us to 3-course lunch for 12.95 – brilliant!  So we had our lunch and both us of ordered the chocolate cake for dessert.  I was full up and decided to give my dessert to one of the boys back in the office – but not before I took a little taste (just to see what it was like) It was lovely – and I mean, really really good. The chocolate inside was moist and fudgey, and, paired with the vanilla ice-cream on the side – they definitely were on to a winner.  I felt almost bad to give it away, but if i ate anymore, i fear i would have spontaneously combusted. Continue reading

Double Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts

Double Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts

Mmmmmm. I baked these yesterday – Sunday baking is so much fun! These were lovely and VERY chocolatey. Soft inside too – which is great as I was so scared they were going to turn out dry. So happy with them as also my first time baking brownies! Everyone at work loved them – so happy with how they came out!  Yippie – recipe below.

P/S: Lessen the chocolate if you are not that much of a chocolate fan (though its hard to find someone who hates chocolate!) Also, the dark chocolate I used was 80% cocoa – the usual is about 70% I think, so that might have contributed to the extra chocolatey taste! Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Chocolate Chip Muffins are to die for – with a cup of toffee nut latte (or green tea if you’re being healthy of course).  They are also not as sweet as you would think they are – after all, they are muffins and not cupcakes.  Share them with everyone you love and they’ll love you back!

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

The better half loves lemon and although he does not like cake – the only cake he will eat is anything lemon infused. He mentioned he had a lovely Lemon Drizzle Cake a few years back and nothing’s come close to it since – and so – the Lemon Drizzle Cake idea was born. Turned out OK – I’m not a fan of lemon myself and I found the cake quite dense, though everyone and work and of course the better half said it was lovely… perfect with a cup of tea on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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