Fruity tea cake is the perfect accompaniment to a nice hot cup of tea. Dried fruit is soaked in tea with fresh orange zest then added to a simple cake batter and baked to perfection.
Being British means I drink a lot of tea, but I always love a treat to go with it. There is a sense of comfort when you sip on a nice hot cup of tea, but it’s always nice to have a little treat with it. That leads me to tell you about how the fruity tea cake came about…
Since my husband and I work from home, I have got him joining me for a cup of tea in the afternoons. While enjoying the tea he would always say to me that we need a nice slice or 2 of cake to go with the tea. Enter the fruity tea cake.
A mixture of dried fruit (I used cherries, blueberries and apricot for color) is soaked in black tea and fresh orange zest. They are then mixed into an easy cake mix with orange juice for a fresh flavor then baked. It could not be easier to for a delicious and flavorful cake.
Another British favorite to enjoy with tea are classic English Scones. Simply served with cream and jam.
13 Comments on “Fruity Tea Cake”
I can’t wait to try this. What size loaf pan?
I use a standard 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Let me know if you have any more questions, enjoy.
I am a british tea-holic i have to have like 10 tea times a day to keep me awake and happy is that bad? but i love you british recipes every one of them thank you so much .
Thank you so much 🙂
You can never have enough tea 🙂
I always enjoy your British recipes, Janette, and this is no exception.
Great cake, and what a good idea to decorate your own tins. I never would have thought of that. What kind of markers do you use?
Thank you Helen, I actually enjoyed decorating the tea tins. The markers are just regular ones from the craft shop.
I agree with the others and it’s just a genius idea to soak the fruit in tea. A perfect partner to a hot cup of your favorite flavor. I love it, looks so easy to bake! 🙂 #client
I actually made a similar tea bread just last last week! I love them, but they’re just not a “thing” here in the US. Glad to see you posting this and sharing more “tea love”!
I wonder what it would be like to soak the fruit in a fruit tea? My favorite Bigelow tea is Black Current! Going to try this!
What a great idea, to soak the fruit in tea, before incorporating into your bread! Love it.
I love tea and it is always better with a fruity bread. They seem to go together!
I’m such a devoted tea drinker, but I’ve never thought to soak dried fruit in tea. What a great idea! I would love a slice of this with a warm cup at the end of a long day.