Classic Dundee cake

    1 hour 50 min

    This traditional Scottish cake can be doubled up as a Christmas fruit cake. It's a rich, well-flavoured fruit cake, which is simple to make. Enjoy for afternoon tea.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 145g raisins
    • 145g currants
    • 80g cut mixed peel
    • 50g glace cherries, quartered
    • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 210g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 30g ground almonds
    • 70g whole almonds
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Combine raisins, currants, mixed peel, cherries and orange zest. Dredge with 5 tablespoons flour.
    2. Cream butter or margarine with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Combine remaining flour, baking powder and ground almonds; fold into butter mixture. Mix in fruit. Spread in foil lined 20cm round cake tin (with 7.5cm depth).
    3. Bake at 170 C / Gas 3 for about 1 1/2 hours, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove cake from tin.
    4. Toast almonds in oven until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Heat syrup and brush over top surface of hot cake. Arrange almonds on top. After cooling, cake will not be sticky.

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    You forgot to say when to add the sugar! So the butter separated and the mix wouldn't cream. I guess the sugar should have been added to the butter. As beginners in the cake making department we had no idea. Had to look up another Dundee cake recipe to correct your error. Not impressed. Hope it cooks ok.  -  23 Dec 2013


    My Mother was born in Scotland and raised in Ireland and used to make this lovely cake for us when we were children. How we loved it! Now that I am a grandma myself I will make Dundee cake for my grandchildren and set up a lovely tea party. Can't wait. Thanks for putting up this beautiful recipe.  -  14 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    An excellent cake, packed with fruit and bursting with flavour! I have never made a nicer Dundee Cake. 5 out of 5!!  -  04 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)