Dundee cake

Dundee cake

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins


Serves 16

A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake with cherries, sultanas and almonds, and a sweet glaze

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal373
  • fat17.2g
  • saturates6.7g
  • carbs48.4g
  • sugars38.6g
  • fibre2.2g
  • protein6.3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 100g blanched almond
  • 180g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 180g light muscovado sugar
  • zest 1 large orange



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  • 3 tbsp apricot jam or marmalade
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 100g ground almond
  • 2 tbsp milk



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  • 500g mixed dried fruit
  • 100g whole glacé cherry


  • 1 tbsp milk



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  • 2 tsp caster sugar


  1. Put the almonds into a small bowl and pour over boiling water to just cover. Leave for 5 mins then drain in a sieve and leave to dry.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160 C fan/Gas Mark 4. Line a deep loose-based 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.

  3. Put the butter in a large bowl and beat well until soft. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the orange zest and apricot jam.

  4. Sieve together the flour and baking powder. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. If the mixture starts to curdle, stir in a little flour.

  5. Add the remaining flour and ground almonds and mix well. Mix in the milk and then add the dried fruit and cherries and mix gently together.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread level using the back of a spoon. Arrange the whole almonds close together in neat circles on the top of the cake. Bake in the oven for 45 mins.

  7. Lower the oven temperature to 160C/140 C fan/Gas Mark 3 and cook for a further 60–80 minutes. Check the cake after 50 minutes by inserting a wooden or metal skewer into the cake. When it’s done it should have just a few crumbs attached. Check every 10 minutes - it’s important not to overcook this cake so the centre will be a little soft.

  8. When cooked, remove the cake briefly from the oven, put the milk and sugar into a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Brush over the top of the cake and return the cake to the oven for 2-3 mins. Remove and allow the cake to cool in the tin. When quite cold remove from the tin and wrap in foil and keep for at least 2 days before cutting.

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13th Aug, 2015
I really wish I had read the comments before making this cake. I managed to salvage it, but cooking at gm5 (trusting that the recipe was accurate) almost left me with a burned and useless mess. I know that gas ovens aren't the norm these days, but surely this should be checked and modified?
26th Sep, 2014
This was my first ever attempt at a fruitcake. I also soaked the fruit for 24 hours in a mix of cherry brandy and Cointreau which I think added to the taste. I also used marmalade as I don't like apricots and managed to leave the cake for the full two days wrapped in foil. The outside was slightly overdone which made me think that it would be dry but the cake went down extremely well with my colleagues. Can't wait to try it again.
Lauren O'Hara
19th Aug, 2014
This cake was nice and easy to make. Not sure how it is going to turn out yet as it is in the oven and minus a fair bit of the mixture as it was delicious to eat before it was cooked! I used ginger marmalade. I don't like marmalade and I couldn't taste it in the mixture so I don't think it will be too sweet or over powering.
9th Aug, 2014
My first attempt at a Dundee cake; I found this really easy to follow and even easier to eat. I should have left it longer before diving in because it was getting better as the week went on. Just getting the ingredients ready to make another one. I followed the recipe to the letter, including the cooking time and it was absolutely spot on.
mamma mia
20th May, 2014
This is a lovely cake- I often don't put the almonds on top but instead cover it with marzipan and icing (once cooked and cooled) and use as a celebration/xmas cake; definitely use marmalade as jam is too sweet
21st Mar, 2014
What a lovely looking cake this is. It's enjoying its 2 day rest before being taken north of the border to Scotland! (Coals to Newcastle and all that...)
26th Feb, 2014
This is not a Dundee cake. Dundee cake has no cherries, that's kind of the point of a Dundee cake.
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26th Dec, 2014
It's true that the traditional recipe doesn't contain glacé cherries and also true that it usually contains whisky rather than milk (unless you are strictly tee total). My friend's very Scottish mum made wonderful Dundee cake. She always used caster sugar though and the resulting crumb was quite light in colour. She used lemon zest rather than orange and she definitely added marmalade. I use her recipe but admit to adding glace cherries as I like them. If it's not strictly Dundee cake any more it's an extremely nice light fruit cake.
9th Feb, 2014
This is a delicious Dundee Cake but I must say I didn't cook it for more than 1 hour as it just didn't seem to need it and was browning quite a bit at the edges the first time I cooked it with the longer time. A shorter cook time left you with a more moist cake.
2nd Sep, 2013
Absolutely brilliant result! Infused the fruits with some brandy to add an extra kick and didn't leave it to sit for 2 days as it was just too irresistible but the flavour was still wonderful. Really great recipe.


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