Mary's Te Time Cake

Mary's Tea Time Cake

An everyday cake, simple to make.  Full of tea-soaked fruit, it slices beautifully and keeps well in an airtight tin or wrapped in foil. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword cake, fruitcake, recipe, simple
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Mary Berry


  • 350 g/12 oz mix dried fruit
  • 225 g/8 oz soft light brown sugar
  • 300 ml/1/2 pt hot tea made with two tea bags.
  • 275 g/10 oz self-raising flour
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1 large egg beaten


  • Put the dried fruit and sugar in a bowl and pour over the hot tea.
  • Leave to soak overnight, or if you are in a hurry for two hours.
  • Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2
  • Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or use a loaf tin liner
  • Add the flour, lemon zest and beaten egg and stir with a spoon till mixed through.
  • Bake for 11/4 to 11/2 hrs or until it is well risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Peel of the baking paper or liner and serve sliced with or without butter


By Mary Berry
Adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine