DIY Gifts: Berry loaf in a tea towel for mom

DIY Gifts: Berry loaf in a tea towel for mom

Most parents love a slice of cake with their afternoon tea. And fruit loaf is a firm favourite, so use dried, mixed berries soaked in brandy to make a loaf cake they’re sure to love. Mom will be especially thrilled if you use your ‘talents’ to craft a homemade gift for Valentine's Day, so unpack the needle and thread and make a beautifully embroidered tea towel to wrap the cake.

You will need

  • berry loaf (see recipe below)
  • baking paper
  • cardboard cake box or cellophane bag
  • white tea towel
  • dressmaker’s pen
  • embroidery thread
  • embroidery needles
  • baker’s twine

Berry loaf
Makes: 1 loaf
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 55 minutes
Oven temperature: 170 degrees Celsius


  • 100g (130ml) dried mixed berries
  • 50g (65ml) sultanas
  • 45ml brandy (or use orange juice)
  • 175g (190ml) butter, softened
  • 175g (200ml) castor sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • grated zest of one orange
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 200g (370ml) self-raising flour

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  1. Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g loaf tin. Soak the berries and sultanas in the brandy (or orange juice, if you prefer).
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the orange zest and vanilla.
  3. Fold in the flour, berries and sultanas. Add a dash of milk if the batter is too thick.
  4. Spoon the batter into the loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 15 minutes in the tin, remove and cool on a wire rack. Once cool, put into a cardboard container or seal with a cellophane bag.

Draw a simple design onto a plain tea towel with a dressmaker’s pen. Use chain stitch, or running stitch, or lazy daisy stitch to embroider the design onto the tea towel. Wrap the tea towel around the berry loaf and secure it with baker’s twine.

Gift tag
Photograph the finished embroidered design. Load the picture onto your computer and add the name. Print the picture and stick it onto a rectangular piece of cardboard, then cut out in a pretty shape, or stick onto a ready-made gift tag. Punch a hole in the tag and thread through baker’s twine.

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