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Tea-Soaked Fruit Cake

Abha Ohri | November 12, 2021

The aroma of tea leaves lends a unique taste to this delicious fruit cake.

Tea-Soaked Fruit Cake

If one were to look around, you would find every baker with his/her own special recipe for a fruit cake. But it is not very often that you will find one which has a tea flavour to it! The aroma of tea leaves lends a unique taste to this delicious fruit cake and will have guests wondering about the secret ingredient to this fruit cake.


Tea bags – 8 pcs

Water – 300 ml; boiling hot

Mixed dried fruit – 500 gms

Self-rising flour – 500 gms

Butter – 325 gms

Caster sugar – 250 gms

Mixed spices – 2 tsp; ground coarsely

Eggs – 5 pcs

Salt – 1 tsp


  1. Place the tea bags in a large bowl and pour the boiling hot water on them.
  2. Stir to make a very strong tea liquor.
  3. Add the mixed dried fruit and stir well.
  4. Leave to soak overnight as this will impart more of the tea flavour to the fruit.
  5. On the following morning, remove the tea bags, give the fruits a stir and keep aside.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 175°C.
  7. Grease and line a nine inch springform cake tin. Keep aside.
  8. Add the flour and butter in a large bowl and use your fingers to rub the fat into the flour until evenly distributed and the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
  9. Add the sugar and mixed spices and stir well.
  10. Add the eggs and the soaked fruit, along with any remaining liquid and stir well till evenly combined.
  11. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top.
  12. Bake for around an hour or until the cake is risen and is golden in colour.
  13. Remove from the oven when a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  14. Put on a wire rack to cool. Cut into slices and serve.

You can soak the mixed fruits in orange juice to get a fruity flavour. Alternatively, with Christmas around the corner, you could soak them in rum and make a quick Christmas cake!

Abha Ohri

Abha is a tea lady who spent nearly 25 years of her life in the verdant greens of the tea estates of Assam and Dooars. She made a transition from the laid-back life of the tea gardens to the hustle bustle of a city life in 2010.


She is an early childhood educator by profession, a Toastmaster by passion, a bookworm by habit and a perfectionist by choice. She is also the chief editor at ElByte.


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