Tuesday 8 May 2018

No added sugar tea loaf cake

no added sugar tea loaf cake
A fruited tea loaf has always been one of my favourite cakes. It's very easy to make as you simply let the fruit soak in the tea and when it is plump you mix in the other ingredients. I know other people love it as well as it is one of the top sellers at the bake sales I do. Whenever I do a bake sale I try to make sure I have a range of cakes for all needs. Many people are now trying to lower their sugar intake and so often cake can be a no-no. This recipe has no added sugar in it. Of course the dried fruit has natural sugar in but no more is added. To replace the sweetness I have added spices for taste which work really well. If you look at the recipe you will also notice that this has no added fat as well.

Equipment: 2lb (1kg) loaf tin lined, large bowl, wire rack.


12oz (340g) Mixed dried fruit
¼ pint (140ml) Strong tea
8oz (225g) Self raising flour
1tsp (5ml) Mixed spice
¼ tsp (1.25ml) Ground Nutmeg
¼ tsp (1.25ml) Ground cinnamon
3 Eggs


1. In a large bowl put the fruit and tea. Leave to soak overnight or for at least 8 hours.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4.
3. Add in the other ingredients and mix until there is no dry ingredients showing.
4. Transfer to the prepared loaf and spread out evenly.
5. Bake for around 1-1¼ hours (check after 45 minutes to make sure the top isn't cooking too quickly.) until a skewer comes out clean.
6. Remove from the tin, take off the liner and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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  1. Ha, love this simple recipe - what always withheld me from doing a fruitcake were the complicated recipes - I think I can do this one!Thank you for the recipe:)
    Also, in your comment to me about the painted Cotton Candy flower, you said it reminded you on the Peak District - am curious about that district (and in which city?) - could you tell me more about it, please?
    Thanks for writing me back!

  2. Fruitcake definitely doesn't need added sugar...... This sounds delicious Ness! x


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