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Earl grey tea and rhubarb loaf cake

Mandy Mazliah
A delicious rhubarb loaf cake made with earl grey tea. Perfect for afternoon tea, the tart rhubarb goes perfectly with the sweet tea loaf.
4.67 from 12 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
Calories 214 kcal


  • 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* or 1 beaten egg if not vegan

To ice (optional)

  • 50 g icing sugar confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons 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 ½ to 1 ¾ 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.


  1. To make a flax egg mix 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (linseeds) with 2.5 tablespoons water and set aside)
  2. 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.
  3. Ovens vary so leave it in for longer if the skewer doesn't come out clean.
  4. Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide.


Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 2gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword rhubarb loaf cake
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