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rhubarb loaf cake

Earl grey tea and rhubarb loaf cake

Mandy Mazliah
A delicious rhubarb loaf cake made with earl grey tea. Light enough not to be too filling yet still a substantial snack or lunchbox filler.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Soaking time 12 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine British
Servings 12


  • 300 g sultanas
  • 200 g roasted or stewed rhubarb see note below
  • 300 ml strong earl grey tea or tea of choice
  • 100 g dark brown sugar
  • 275 g self-raising flour or 275 g plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 2.5 tbsp water and set aside) or 1 beaten egg

To ice (optional)

  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp cold water


  • Start this recipe the night before you plan to make it.
  • Mix 300g sultanas, 200g roasted or stewed rhubarb and 100g brown sugar together in a large bowl. Cover with 300ml strong hot tea and leave to soak overnight.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 150°C(fan)/170°C/gas mark 3. If using a flax egg mix 1 tbsp ground flax seeds with 2.5 tbsp water and set aside to thicken.
  • Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with baking paper. Stir 275g self raising flour and the flax egg (or beaten egg) into the fruit mixture. Pour into the prepared tin.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours* or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if it's getting too brown.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for five minutes then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack.

To ice your rhubarb tea loaf (optional)

  • If you're icing the cake let it cool completely before doing so.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and gradually stir through the cold water, a little at a time, until you have a thick, smooth icing.
  • Drizzle over the cake and allow to set for a few minutes before serving.


NB: to roast the rhubarb chop into 2cm pieces, toss with 20g caster sugar (or more if you prefer it to be sweeter - I don't think it needs more sugar in this recipe), cover and roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, in an oven preheated to 200°C.
*ovens vary so leave it in for longer if the skewer doesn't come out clean
Keyword rhubarb loaf cake
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