Dundee Cake is my choice for the alphabet D for A -Z Baking around the World. This is a traditional fruit cake from Scotland.

This cake was originated in the 19th century by a company called Keiller’s Marmalade. The cake is made with currants, sultanas, almonds and fruit peel. The top of the cake is always decorated with almonds which make it look very pretty besides marking it specifically as a Dundee cake. It is a perfect tea time cake and an instant party hit.

I was surprised that this cake disappeared very fast , the fruit peel gives the cake a very very delicious flavor, a flavor  which is so very pleasing . Like a kid I wanted to dig out all the fruit peels and enjoy. My sis in law who hardly eats cakes was looking for it after two days , not knowing the cake was gone long back. For the first time she said, you should make such cakes only.  In return I could only smile. Deep down I thought if I work on the same cake again and again, how will I be able to finish this marathon. Anyway I will definitely come back with a new cake tomorrow for the alphabet Ę, till then enjoy this delicious Dundee Cake.

Dundee Cake



11/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp butter

3/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 cup mixed fruit ( currants, raisins, candied peel )

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

2/3 cup milk

30 blanched almonds ( I had these chopped almonds from Costco that I used )

( to blanch almonds , place them in hot water for a couple of minutes, peel and cut them into halves)



Beat sugar, oil and butter till creamy.

Add milk and vanilla essence.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda.

Mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Add the mixed fruit and mix well.

Pour into a greased, lined cake tin.

Decorate with almonds.

Bake at 180 deg for 35-40 minutes or till done.

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D - Dundee Cake
Dundee Cake is a traditional Scottish Cake , where the top is always decorated with almonds.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
  1. Beat sugar, oil and butter till creamy.
  2. Add milk and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Add the mixed fruit and mix well.
  6. Decorate with almonds.
  7. Bake at 180 deg for 35-40 minutes or till done.
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12 thoughts on “D – Dundee Cake”

  1. What a lovely cake and I am so glad everyone in your family liked it. My MIL also often says I should be baking similar things and I always reply to her, we food bloggers hardly ever repeat a recipe 🙂 That is one gorgeous cake and we will make your recipe instead of you.

  2. hahah ..you are very naughty Vaishali…:)..yes I say the same too much to my kids disappointment..what to do, such is a Food blogger’s life!..the cake looks so inviting..I am surely bookmarking it..

  3. Such a pretty looking cake Vaishali…love the almonds and fruit peel in a cake. Am a huge fan of tea cakes and this looks tempting! Bookmarking this to try after the marathon when my family has promised to not eat bread for another month! Looking forward to your next cake.

  4. I think every blogger encounters the same dialogue from family and friends that they should be making the same stuff over and over. I wonder when they will understand that it doesn’t work that way 🙂
    Lovely cake and I bet the fruit peel adds an extra oomph there!!!

  5. it was my first choice for today, but having made so many fruit cakes , i had no takers in the family… am so glad, i did not attempt, cause yours looks so pretty, i would have not dared to show mine here

  6. Am in love with your Dundee cake, how prefect this cake looks, wow wish i get a super huge slice of this fantastic cake. I have baked this cake during Xmas season and now am tempted again to bake some.

  7. The decoration is looking lovely with a nice color contrast. I loved the brown cake and the cream almond toppings. But dont feel like cutting it 🙂

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