Dried Fruit Tea Cake



I can’t even begin to explain HOW AMAZING the weather is right now! All the terrible scorching, sweaty, sticky, humid heat has disappeared and has been replaced with RAINS and breeze!!!! And I couldn’t be happier!

I know most of you are not very big fans of the heavens opening but believe you me, when the temperatures have risen to nearly 40 degrees C, these cool, windy showers can just make everything better!

I know there’s the dirt and muck that tags along with the rains but do I look like I am complaining?


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I love how the violent winds turn my umbrella inside out while I walk to the station to catch my train to college. I like how, in those few moments, you become a kid all over again and don’t mind the few drops of water kissing your cheeks and making you happy!

I love how we make paper boats and watch them sail {sometimes drown} when it gets flooded!


More than ever, I love the holidays that are declared when the rains get heavy and the transport systems slow down to a halt!

And now that I will be travelling allllll the way to old Bombay for college, the chances of the trains not working increases tenfold! Hahahaha!

I know this is evil but that’s one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to the monsoons! Plus, there’s always Marine Drive to resort to when the rains get heavy!

Woot woot!

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Watching the Queen’s necklace {Yes, when you see this place from a far, it looks like a necklace, thanks to the streetlights along the entire stretch of Marine Drive!

I’ll make sure to click photos so you can see too! :*

And especially when there’s a high tide! It’s a LITTLE dangerous because the waves just get a tad more violent and end up reaching even the streets sometimes! But it’s just BEAUTIFUL!

In short, these are the reasons why I LOVE when it rains! And as I write this post, I’m actually enjoying the sound of the rains, the thunder and the lightning and all I want is for time to stop right now and for it to keep raining!!!!

Why, you ask?

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So, I can eat this dried fruit tea cake speckled with semolina with my hot tea while I sit at the windowsill, extending my arms to touch the cold, heavenly rain water!

Tea cakes are VERY COMMON in my home during the rains! Everyone loves a good cup of tea when the heavens open and it gets realllllly cold! And simply sipping on some masala chai is never going to work with my food loving family!!! There has to be something to munch on!

Therefore, this dried fruit tea cake was born!

This cool weather calls for some warmth in edible form and what better way than to add some rich dry fruits soaked overnight in milk and loaded with some delicious vanilla glaze from the leftover milk from soaking, not to mention the pleasant crunch from the semolina!???

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MONSOON BLISS, I tell you! Even if you aren’t enjoying the rains in your part of the world, this will still make for an excellent tea time treat! Just make sure you listen to this while you sip on your chai and eat a massive slice of this incredible tea cake.

So, tell me lovelies, do you like the rains? Or do you absolutely detest it? Do you have any special memories attached with rains? I would LOVE to know! :*

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Dried Fruit Tea Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves of 5.5" each

Dried Fruit Tea Cake


  1. 200 mls vanilla flavoured soy milk
  2. 50 gms raisins
  3. 50 gms dried currants
  4. 50 gms prunes {quartered}
  5. 100 gms all purpose flour
  6. 75 gms semolina
  7. 120 gms butter
  8. 100 gms caster sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 heaped tbsp yogurt
  11. 1 tsp baking powder
  12. ½ tsp baking soda
  13. For the Glaze:
  14. 50 mls leftover soy milk
  15. 100 gms icing sugar {sifted}


  1. Soak the dry fruits in the soy milk overnight.
  2. The next day, preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line a 5.5” loaf tin with parchment and grease it well.
  3. In a clean metal bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar using a hand blender. Use a medium speed.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well between each addition until well incorporated.
  5. Add the yogurt and beat at the highest speed for about 30 seconds.
  6. Use a ladle to fish out the dry fruits. The milk will have thickened at this point and it’s alright if some of it comes into the ladle with the dry fruits but make sure you do not take in too much of the milk. If you feel unsure, you could consider straining the dry fruits and taking in 4 heaped tbsp of the leftover milk.
  7. Add the semolina and fold in the batter. Then sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
  8. Fill into the loaf tins and bake in the preheated oven of 170 degrees C for about 40-45 minutes. Make sure you insert a skewer to check for doneness. The skewer should come out clean.

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  1. Oh well I do love rainy days too provided that both tea and cake are involved ;–) This one looks amazing – the texture is phenomenal! I’ve never tried putting semolina in my cake (more like I’ve never tried semolina but oh welllllll), but I’m so keen on the idea now! Also, your pics are the most gorgeous thing ever!!! I really like them!

  2. Lovely pictures, Samina! And, of course, that looks like one beautiful tea cake. It reminds me of a cake my mum used to make when we were small and it was always a winner.
    I like rain when it’s really heavy and you can hide inside and snuggle up in your warm bed. Not so much though when it drizzles for 3 weeks, like in England! 😉

  3. This looks gorgeous Samina! ! Love that you used semolina in here. stunning photos too and totally wishing I had a slice of this with a cup of tea right now!

  4. I was about to disagree on the rain until I realize where you were headed. yes, the best part of a rainy day would be a nice baking session and a chance to sit down, slow down, and relax with a cake like this and a cup of tea. This looks wonderfully moist – perfect rainy day cake!

  5. I do love the rain in summertime, although we don’t really have a “monsoon” season like you do in India. We tend to have a cold rainy season in the early spring, which is just raw and awful, and then spotty thunderstorms here and there in the summertime. I love listening to it, and the thunder and lightning, and being sheltered indoors. I can just imagine how lovely it would be to enjoy that with a cup of hot tea and a slice of this lovely cake!

  6. yay for rain! sometimes that really is exactly what you need to take the edge off the heat.

    most dried fruit cakes i’ve seen are rather lackluster, but this looks so moist and tasty!

  7. Honestly, could this cake be any more beautiful??? No! it’s absolutely gorgeous!!! When I first pulled up your page and that first photo hit me – it was like BAM!!! DELISH!!! And I cannot wait to see the Queen’s Necklace! And, i’m with you Samina – I love love love the rain. And I adore the way you describe it “drops of water kissing your cheeks and making you happy”. You’re writing makes me happy – I love reading your posts!!!

  8. Hi, Samina,
    I just stopped by to tell you that I enjoyed going through your food photos – they are indeed inspiring… This tea cake recipe is very interesting and I will make it when the weather gets little bit colder in my town also 

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