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Scottish Dundee Cake

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
Scottish Dundee Cake 
All the bakes of my childhood were embroidered with the appearance of an old patterned Dundee Cake Tin that my mother had collected somewhere during her travels. It had Scottish tartan's printed on it, all around the outside, and on the underside I believe there was actually a photo of a Dundee Cake.  To me it represented one thing and one thing only.  Deliciousness!  Because I knew that inside the tin would be some cookies that my mother had baked or plain cake, or maybe, if we were really lucky . . .  date squares!
Scottish Dundee Cake  
It wasn't until I got much older that I began to wonder what exactly a Dundee Cake was!  I knew it was a fruit cake of some sort, which was quite apparent from the tin, and I knew it was Scottish in origin, also apparent from the tin . . . but exactly what kind of fruit cake it was escaped me.
Scottish Dundee Cake 
When we were in Scotland several years ago, I picked up a recipe book on Scottish Baking, written by Sue Lawrence, entitled simply . . .  Scottish Baking.  Above you will see the photo of the Dundee cake in her book.  It is so pretty with its rings of blanched almonds decorating the top.
Scottish Dundee Cake 
It is a fruit cake, but not as heavy and rich as a traditional Christmas type of fruit cake. This is more of an "Enjoy with a hot cuppa" kind of a fruit cake!  Light in color and with a nice "citrus" flavour, it is one of my favorite fruit cakes. 
Scottish Dundee Cake 
Most cakes will include glace cherries of some sort, but a traditional Dundee Fruit Cake will not.  You may see it in some, but it's not tradition that any are included.  What sets it apart from other fruit cakes is that, plus the inclusion of Scottish Malt Whiskey and that lovely ring of blanched almonds on the top.
Scottish Dundee Cake 
I does include plenty of dried currants and raisins, and candied citrus peels of course! This recipe also includes the finely grated zest of on orange.  YUM!
Scottish Dundee Cake 
A traditional fruit cake can take up to three hours baking in a slow oven.  This is not unusual. Even the full sized Dundee cake will take about 2 1/4 hours altogether, so it is not a quick bake by any means.
Scottish Dundee Cake 
What I loved most about Sue's recipe is that it gives you the option of baking muffin sized cup cakes!  And they bake in about half an hour!  BONUS! 
Scottish Dundee Cake 
This quick bake time makes them absolutely flippingly perfect for serving up at your tea break with a nice hot cuppa!
Scottish Dundee Cake 
Moist and delicious and stogged to the hilt with lovely dried fruits and beautiful citrus flavours  . . . 
Scottish Dundee Cake 
Hot steaming mugs of tea are most pleasurable when enjoyed with cakes such as these. 
Scottish Dundee Cake 
Just look at all of those lovely currents and raisins studding that sweet buttery batter  . . .
Scottish Dundee Cake 
I found myself wondering why I hadn't baked these before, especially where they are so quick out of the oven.  We are people who adore a good fruit cake in this house, but I don't often make one as they are so time intensive.  Store bought ones are always ALWAYS disappointing.  Dry and lacklustre.
Scottish Dundee Cake  
This pleases on every level.  These smaller cupcakes are quick to bake. Moist. Delicious.  In short perfect!  I highly recommend!
Yield: Makes one cake or 10 cupcakes
Author: Marie Rayner
Scottish Dundee Cake

Scottish Dundee Cake & Dundee Cupcakes

A traditional Scottish Fruitcake that is very much beloved. You can either bake it in a 7 inch cake tin or in 10 large muffin tins.


  • 175g unsalted butter (3/4 cup + 1 TBS)
  • 175g caster sugar (1 cup less 2 TBS)
  • the finely grated zest of one large orange (I use my micro plane grater)
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 175g sifted self raising flour (1 cup plus 5 TBS)
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g dried currants (scant cup)
  • 150g raisins (scant cup)
  • 50g chopped mixed peel (6 1/2 TBS)
  • 1 TBS whiskey (preferably malt)
  • 16 to 20 whole blanched almonds


How to cook Scottish Dundee Cake & Dundee Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Butter and line a deep 7-inch round cake tin or line 10 large muffin tins with papers. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest thoroughly until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a teaspoon of the measured flour to it with each to help prevent the mixture from curdling. Stir in the mixed spice, salt and flour. Stir in the fruits and mixed peel along with the whiskey to combine well. Spoon into the 7 inch tin, levelling off the top. Alternately divide the mixture between the muffin cups. For muffins, top with the blanched almonds right away and pop into the oven. For the cake, just pop into the oven without the almonds at this point.
  3. For the cake, bake for 1 1/2 hours, remove from the oven and place the blanched almonds in two concentric circles on top of the cake, then return to the oven and bake for a further 45 minutes. For the muffins, bake for about 35 minutes until done. In either case a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Remove from the oven for a wire rack and let cool completely before removing from the baking tins.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Scottish Dundee Cake 
I am very much in love with these little gingham cupcake liners.  They were perfect for this and I had actually forgotten that I had them, only discovering them when I was rooting through my baking cupboard.  I really hope you will bake these delicious Dundee Cake Muffins, or even the full size cake if that is what you are looking for.  If it is even half as good as these smaller ones are, you are in for a real teatime treat! 
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Scottish Dundee Cake 

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