scottish dundee cake – a festive dessert!

Absolutely, the Scottish Dundee Cake is a classic and festive dessert, perfect for celebrations. Here’s a traditional recipe to help you make this rich and flavorful cake:

Scottish Dundee Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (for coating fruits)
  • 2 cups mixed dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, currants, candied peel)
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, whole or chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam or marmalade (for glazing)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease and line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare Dried Fruits:
    • In a bowl, toss the mixed dried fruits with 1 tablespoon of flour. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add Eggs:
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt.

  1. Add Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, mixing until just combined.
  2. Add Fruits and Nuts:
    • Fold in the mixed dried fruits, blanched almonds, lemon zest, and orange zest.
  3. Bake:
    • Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 1.5 to 2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top is browning too quickly, cover it with foil.
  4. Cool:
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Glaze:
    • Warm the apricot jam or marmalade in a small saucepan. Strain to remove any pieces.
    • Brush the top of the cooled cake with the warm jam for a glossy finish.
  6. Serve:
    • Once the glaze has set, slice and serve your delicious Scottish Dundee Cake.

Enjoy the rich, fruity flavors of this traditional Scottish dessert, perfect for any festive occasion!

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