cancan tea cake

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Jeff had a meeting in the cities today so Gracie and I were on our own. We did a bit of baking, I made some homemade salad dressing and crocheted while we started watching THIS series on Netflix.

Cancan tea cake can be made by baking any cake batter in a 28 oz. can. Just be sure not to overfill…two thirds is a good place to start. Depending on how much your cake rises you could really end up with a mess in your oven if you overfill the can. You may have enough to bake two cakes this size, or you could just bake the rest of the batter in a mini loaf or bundt pan.

The cake above is a traditional English spiced tea loaf. It’s rich, fragrant and studded with dried fruit. SO delicious with your favorite cup of tea!

for the cake:

29 oz. can, washed, buttered and floured

1 cup sugar

1 cup dried fruit (I used a combination of mission figs and raisins)

1 cup strong, cold black tea (brewed)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 stick of butter, softened

2 cups self-rising flour

1 large egg

Place the sugar, dried fruit, tea and spices in a saucepan. Slowly bring to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Add butter, flour, and egg. Beat until smooth and all ingredients are moist.

Pour into cans (or a large loaf pan, muffin tins, a bundt pan…whatever shape you like.) Remember, only two thirds full!

Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes (or until a butter knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.)

Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes. Remove from can and allow to cool completely before splitting into 3 layers, placing jam between the bottom two and icing the top.

for the icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Mix well. Ice cooled cake.

Garnish with mint leaves, edible flowers and/or fresh berries.



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  10 comments for “cancan tea cake

  1. Rhonwen
    August 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Lovely! I am definitely sharing this with friends! Thank you so much!

    • Melissa
      August 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Hello Rhonwen 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! enjoy that little cake! xo

  2. August 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    thank you, already have a plan for shaing it with a new neighbor.

    • Melissa
      August 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      my pleasure 🙂

  3. Susan Bradshaw
    August 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love your pictures and recipes , please keep me posted on Amy more news ,

    • Melissa
      August 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      thanks Susan! 🙂 will do.

  4. August 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm


    I want to make this lovely CanCan Tea Cakes but I’m gluten sensitive. Have you ever tried this recipe with gluten free flours? or do they have such a thing as gluten free self-rising flour?


    • Melissa
      August 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Linda! No, I never have tried that. …if you give it a go, will you please share your results with me? If you like the outcome, I would be glad to add your GF version to this post and link back to you and your blog/website 🙂 xo

  5. alyson
    August 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for this! Will cook a couple and let you know the result from the tasters (whic will include me of course!)

    • Melissa
      August 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Yay! enjoy Alyson 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

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