Rooibos Tea Bar Cake

This flavoursome Rooibos Tea Bar Cake made in a loaf tin is moist and light. A simple orange glacé icing with a sprinkle of dry tea leaves adds just the right finishing touch.


Serves 6

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  • 80ml boiling water
  • 60ml rooibos orange blossom tea, plus dry leaves for decoration
  • 180g butter
  • 180g castor sugar
  • 10ml grated orange rind
  • 3 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 120g cake flour
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 1ml salt

Orange glacé icing:

  • 250ml icing sugar
  • 15ml orange juice
  • Hot rooibos orange blossom tea


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Combine the boiling water and tea and allow to stand to infuseand cool.

Cream the butter and add the sugar and orange rind. Beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the well-beaten eggs.

Sift together the flours and salt and fold into the butter mixture, alternating with the strained tea until well blended.

Pour into a greased Le Creuset loaf tin and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

To make the glacé icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the orange juice and sufficient hot left-over tea to form a mixture that will run smoothly when dropped from a spoon. If the icing is too thin, add more icing sugar to correct the consistency.

Ice the top of the cake and decorate with a sprinkling of dry tea.