This fruit cake combines South African Rooibos tea with a fruit cake mix to make a seriously delicious cake.

Perfect for Christmas or any memorable occasion!

Fruit Cake Recipe


Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 10
  • 3 Rooibos tea bags
  • 375 ml boiling water
  • 375g (3cups) fruit cake mix
  • 100gr glaced cherries
  • 125g butter
  • 225gr sugar (11/4cups)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250gr (2 cups) self raising flour
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 100gr chopped walnuts or pecan nuts
  1. Put the tea bags in a pot and pour the boiling water over them.
  2. Leave for a good 10 mins to infuse.
  3. Squeeze them out and throw them away, then mix the fruit into the tea.
  4. Boil together with the butter and sugar for approx 15 mins.
  5. Once boiled stir in bicarbonate of soda and set aside to allow to cool.
  6. Set the oven to 170°C
  7. Once the mixture has cooled add the flour, beaten eggs and nuts and mix well.
  8. Spoon the mixture into a 22 cm round greased lined tin and level the top.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, or until risen and firm to the touch.
  10. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Wrap in greaseproof paper and keep for 2 days before slicing (if you can resist it!), as this improves the flavour.
Tip: Cover the cake with tin foil if necessary towards the end of the baking time if you feel it's getting too brown.