Tea soaked fruit cake

This is an absolute charmer. If you love a slice of cake with a truly homely feel, then this is the recipe for you. Why not make your afternoon even more special by popping your feet up with a mug of tea, accompanied by a slice of this rare treat.

Cakes and bakes
A loaf of tea soaked fruit cake cut into slices
  • Preparation time 10 minutes (plus overnight soaking) (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 60-75 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 12


  • 8 tea bags
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 500g mixed dried fruit
  • 500g self-raising flour
  • 325g butter or margarine
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 5 eggs
  • 1tsp salt


  1. Place the tea bags in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Stir to make a very strong tea then add the mixed dried fruit and stir well, leave to soak until the liquid is cold. If you leave the fruit to soak overnight this will impart more of the tea flavour to the fruit.
  2. Once cool, remove the tea bags, give the fruit a stir and then put to one side.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 175°C (155°C fan, 340°F, gas mark 3-4). Then grease and line a 23cm (9") cake tin, or a deep loaf tin depending on your desired effect.
  4. Place the flour and butter or margarine in a large bowl and use your fingers to rub the fat into the flour until evenly distributed and resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the sugar and mixed spice, then stir well.
  6. Add the eggs and the soaked fruit, along with any remaining liquid and stir until evenly combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into your cake tin and level the top, place in the oven and bake for around an hour or until the cake is risen and golden. A sure test to if it is ready is to insert a skewer into the centre and see if it comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.