Dundee Cake

You’ll love my Dundee cake. It’s a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.

You'll love my Dundee cake. It's a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.

Anyone for a slice of Dundee cake?

You wouldn’t believe how much controversy this Dundee cake causes!

You'll love my Dundee cake. It's a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.

There’s a debate that rages on as to whether or not a Dundee cake should have cherries in it and / or should it be topped with blanched almonds?

Personally I’ve gone for my preference, which is to include the cherries, but not the almonds. As with all recipes, that choice is yours to make!

For those of you who feel so strongly about the continuing debate. Well, you can go on and lambast me in the comments below. 😉

This Dundee cake really does make for a delicious fruit cake to entertain with. Plus, it’s one I remember fondly from days of when I was growing up in Dundee. Cake like this always preceded a feast of scones when we were having Scottish high tea at my grans.

You’ll love my Dundee cake. It’s a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.
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You'll love my Dundee cake. It's a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.
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Dundee Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 30 mins
 
My Dundee cake is a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.
Course: Home Baking
Servings: 12
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp . Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp . Mixed spice powder
  • 150 g unsalted butter allowed to soften at room temperature and cut into cubes
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 200 g dried mixed fruit (equal quantities of mixed peel currants, raisins and sultanas)
  • 50 g glace cherries halved
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat over to 180C Fan
  2. Line a round 18cm cake tin with greaseproof paper
  3. Sift the flour (if lumpy), sugar, baking powder and spice powder into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the butter and gradually fold in the beaten eggs to form a wet but smooth consistency
  5. Add in the fruit and cherries and combine into the cake batter.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and place in the oven to bake for 50 minutes to one hour.
  7. Once the cake has risen and surface has browned, check the inside is cooked by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre of the cake, which should come out clean.
  8. Once cooked, place the cake tin on a wire rack to cool, then remove from the cake tin and cut into 12 equal wedges.

Nutrition Facts
Dundee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.9g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 88.9mg 30%
Sodium 88.6mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 23.4g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 10.3g
Protein 4.1g 8%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 7%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

As with any of my home baking or pudding recipes. Lady Lynne and I use them as our 20% “treats” as we follow the 80/20 rule.

You'll love my Dundee cake. It's a lower calorie, lower fat version of the traditional Scottish fruit cake made with mixed fruit and a delicate light spice taste to tantalise the taste buds.

From Dundee Cake to Broughty Ferry

So I arrived in Dundee (Broughty Ferry) last Saturday to continue the debate as to whether or not Dundee cake should have cherries in, and/ or blanched almonds on top.

Armed with my recipe, bags of extra cherries and my wooden spoon I prepared to do verbal battle with the good people of Dundee. The neilshealthymeals propaganda machine was about to go into overdrive……..

Well, actually no that wasn’t exactly the case.

I actually returned to Dundee last Saturday for my annual Christmas re-union with my old school pals.

We’re a bit late this year on account of a certain person heading off on some African adventures in December.

There were some pretty strange looks from the couples dinning in the Bell Tree on Saturday night as we swapped Christmas presents.

Whilst they celebrated valentine’s day together. 😮

Still, better late than never eh?

I think they broke the mould when us lot were born! What do you think?

From Dundee Cake To Broughty Ferry

So, in summary, enjoy this delicious Dundee cake in your own preferred way. With or without the cherries and / or blanched almonds. But be prepared for a lengthy debate if you ever get into a conversation with a Dundonian!!

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Comments

  1. I’ve vaguely heard about Dundee cake before – but was not aware that there was a cherry-do/cherry-don’t debate! I just think having a debate/story behind a recipe just makes it that much more intriguing – not to mention tastebud-tantalizing! This is a gorgeous cake Neil – thanks for sharing!
    Glad you got to catch up with your school buds and do Christmas in February – better late than never, eh?
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m preparing myself for all of the “flack” from those who believe there should not be cherries in a Dundee Cake Shashi. I’m hiding in my kitchen ready to swat people who disagree with me, with my wooden spoon! 😆

      Yes, it’s always good to catch up with the “Dundee boys” even though sometimes it’s later than it should be. Although, nowadays it does take me a while to recover from the several glasses of wine I had anyway, so that’s good there’s a space until next time we meet up!

  2. I have never heard of a Dundee cake before, but I think that adding cherries is always a good idea. This might have to be the cake I make for Easter, as it sounds nice and light.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I think this would be an excellent cake for Easter Dannii. Thanks. And yes, it’s really light and fluffy, plus you can always vary the fruit that you want to put in?

      Easter – gah! That’s not that far away really is it? 😮

      I’ll need to start thinking about what recipes I’m gonna do!

  3. To me, cherries are just about always a good idea. I love these little foodie debates. LIke whether there should be cheddar cheese in apple pie crusts (if you are from the south, yes), or currants in mince meat pie. And then there are all the regional styles of pizza and hot dogs, especially in the uS. I love these types of things!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hmmmm. Not sure about the cheddar cheese in apple pie crusts. But then again I’m not one to knock something until I’ve at least tried it!

      But definitely currants in mince meat pie, oh yeah, they make all the difference.

      I do like American mustard om my American hot dogs. And if we manage to get ourselves sorted for next year, that might be where we are headed! 😉

  4. this is healthier than most energy bars! which means i can literally have cake for breakfast! haha right?

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Always Lindsay! You are always welcome for cake at our table. Whatever time, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. 🙂

  5. The first thing this reminded me of was a fruit cake! Haha! But this looks much better 😉
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      It is similar, yeah you’re right there Rebecca, but this one is quite a bit lighter than a standard fruit cake.

      I do prefer this to actual fruit cake myself, which I find can be quite heavy. Brought fruit cake from a store us usually too heavy for my delicate palate! 😉

  6. I have never heard of a Dundee cake. It looks really good though! Kind of like a cross between a scone and a cake.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Megan. Yes it does look a bit like American scones doesn’t it?

      I always thought that scones were scones until I realised the difference between Scottish scones and American scones! 🙂

  7. If I were given this, I would eat around the raisins! LOL!
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