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Chocolate Tea Cake with Fruit and Cinnamon


This is a spicy cake treat to cheer up any gloomy day. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to do much mixing and the cake tastes delicious with the combination of cinnamon and chocolate.

bar Chocolate Tea Cake with Fruit and Cinnamon

Picture by Werner Van Peppen


1 tea bag
350g dried mixed fruits
2 eggs, beaten
200g dark brown or Demerara sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp cocoa powder
270g self raising flour
Icing sugar, for dusting


Make the tea using 350ml of water. Place the tea in a bowl and add the fruit. Cover and soak the dried fruit with the tea overnight. The fruit will absorb all the tea.

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Combine the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder and self-raising flour with the fruit and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture in a greased cake or loaf tin and bake for 1½ hours till firm. Remove from the oven and cool. Dust with a sprinkling of icing sugar. Then slice and serve with butter.


(c) 2012

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