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DUNDEE CAKE - A CHRISTMAS TREAT !!!

Hope everyone are having good time in baking Christmas treats.  Yah me too !!!  I still remember the days when my dad buys the rich delicious and moist fruit cake from local bakery for every Christmas which tastes soo soo good.  Those are sweet childhood memories Mmmmmmmmm :) . Here is a Christmas Pudding recipe which I made for the Daring challenge .  This is really time consuming but it is worth waiting.. it comes out so delicious and very very moist.  But if you want a lighter one then here is the recipe for you...."Dundee cake".  A  small brief about the Cake.




Dundee cake is a traditional kind of fruit cake that is made in Scotland. It is often lighter and less dense than other types of fruit cake and has a nice crumbly texture.  It can be served as a dessert or with coffee and tea during the daytime.  One of the key features of this Scottish cake is that it is topped with whole almonds, which are arranged in a circular pattern from the center to the edge. The ingredients that flavor Dundee cake are mostly dried fruits and nuts. Fruits that are commonly used in the recipe are dried currants, raisins or sultanas and dried cherries.  In addition to the almonds that top the cake, ground almonds are also added to the cake batter. Dundee cake also has a citrus y flavor that comes from orange zest and lemon zest that is added to the batter.  Its been long time I noted this recipe somewhere in my folder, but  after making this for first time I started making this regularly and this is 4th time I am making it.    Each and every time its a big hit and everyone loves it.  Much like a fruit cake, Dundee cake is a traditional Christmas treat. 



 



DUNDEE CAKE - A CHRISTMAS TREAT !!!

Ingredients :


All purpose flour - 250 gm
Butter - 175gm

Sugar - 100gm
Eggs -3
Orange Marmalade - 100g
Ground almonds - 100g
Mixed dried fruits, fruit peel, cherries - 400 gm ( I used figs, raisins, sultanas ,fruit peels, dried cranberries, glazed cherries etc)
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Blanched Almond - 100 g for the top (Soak the almonds in the warm water for an hr then peel the skin and pat it dry)
Apricot Preserve / Orange Marmalade for glazing the top - 2 tbsp

I used 8 " inch spring form round pan. Butter the bottom and put a circle of parchment paper.  If your using aluminium pan brush the butter on the sides and dust with flour.  



 
Method :

1. Whip the butter and sugar together till creamy .
2. Stir in the orange zest, and 1/3 of flour beat for a while.
3. Add eggs one by one, when everything comes together.
4. Now add the Marmalade followed by ground almonds.
5. Now add the remaining flour and the Baking powder.  Whisk well.
6. Stir in all the fruits and mix well.
7. Preheat the oven to 325° f.
8. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin or spring form tin and smooth the top nicely.
9. Cover the top with foil to create steam for the cake.
10. Bake for 45 minutes.
11. After 45 minutes take the tin out, arrange the blanched almonds as shown in the picture by slightly pushing then on the surface. ( don't be hard)
12. Now reduce the oven temperature to 300°f and bake further to 60 minutes or little more.( may
be another 15 minutes depends on your oven, mine was ready in 60 minutes)
13. Test the  centre of your cake with skewer, as usual it should come clean.
12. Now dilute the 2 tbsp of apricot preserve/ Orange Marmalade with 2 tbsp of water and cook them in gas top. Let it boil well and becomes thick. Switch off and cool it.
13. Brush this glaze on the top of the cake for 2 to 3 coatings in intervals.
14.  Let the cake cool completely for making slices. ( Myself I was not able to wait for long time, because I love fruit cakes and wanted to taste soon after the photo session.  Patience is very
important :(  



 

Note :

1. The cake tastes so good after 2 or 3 days.
2. Wrap it in the foil, put it in the fridge if you want to store for more days.
3. Bring to room temperature or MW for few seconds when you want to eat.
4. Dundee cake is also sometimes topped with sweetened whipped cream.


Have wonderful Christmas !!!

Nithya  – (December 20, 2010 at 7:28 AM)  

Looks really delicious Anni :) love the almond arrangement on top :)

Wish you a merry Christmas too :)

Sanjeeta kk  – (December 20, 2010 at 7:29 AM)  

Love the festivity you created around the cake with the visual treats. Like the almond covering for the fruity plum cake.

Sowmya  – (December 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM)  

wonderful clicks n yummy cake ..nice presentation..Sure its so inviting :)

Smita Srivastava  – (December 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM)  

The cakes looks so inviting n the clicks are simply awesome !!!

Priya  – (December 20, 2010 at 9:38 AM)  

Omg, am inviting myself to ur place Pavi, wat a extremely tempting cake, truly a fabulous christmas treat...

Hari Chandana  – (December 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM)  

Wowwwwwwww.. Yummy and delicious cake.. looks really good.. Awesome presentation pavithra.. Thanks for the recipe :)

Subhie Arun  – (December 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM)  

wow beautiful presentations..cake looks v delicious n perfectly baked!

Kairali sisters  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM)  

Yummy and scrummy looking cake..Merry Xmas Pavi...

Mriganayani  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM)  

Holiday spirit perfectly captured inside the 8 inch pan and also outside!

Have a wonderful holiday season! And enjoy all the cake yourself..I can only wish I'm there with you!

divya  – (December 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM)  

Wow..... looks awesome and mouth watering cake...

Nisha  – (December 20, 2010 at 12:55 PM)  

Wow some presentation and i'm sure cake is yummy too

Angie's Recipes  – (December 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM)  

The cake looks so delicious! I love all the nuts atop!
Angie

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal  – (December 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM)  

wow, that is such a beautiful looking cake, nicely done :)

Sumi  – (December 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM)  

wow, awesome cake and pictures. Brought out the festival spirit with this post..Happy new year

Jisha  – (December 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM)  

cake looks so yummy and beautiful....perfect for Christmas...

savitha ramesh  – (December 20, 2010 at 3:22 PM)  

awsome cake.....wonderful presentation......

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes)  – (December 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM)  

bful looking cake pavitra...very festive...simply mindblowing presentation...thanks for dropping by @ my blog...hope 2 c u often...hugs
sanyukta

Siri  – (December 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM)  

Beautiful looking cake accompanied with gorgeous photo Pavithra :-).

Merry Christmas to you and your famiy.

Best,
Siri

Pushpa  – (December 20, 2010 at 8:37 PM)  

Cake looks delicious and awesome clicks as usual.Happy holidays.

Soumya  – (December 20, 2010 at 9:20 PM)  

wow...you have got a beautiful space....excellent clicks,good presentation...happily following you....

Shanthi  – (December 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM)  

Eppadi Pavi ippadi photo edukareY? Gorgeous clicks

Vandana Rajesh  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM)  

the cake looks amazing..have been looking for a good christmas cake recipe..bookmarked. Thks for sharing the recipe Pavithra. Hosting my "Baking for Beginners-II" event, do drop by when u have the time.

Prerna@IndianSimmer  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM)  

Gosh Pavithra, I SO wanna have that cake right now! I mean its almost 1 am here and I'm craving something sweet n this post is not helping me push that craving away AT ALL :-)

Sayantani  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:46 PM)  

was thinking of making tutti frutti cake for gifting but this one sounds more Christmas -y...gonna make it. thanks for the recipe and this wonderfully delicious cake.

Sanctified Spaces  – (December 20, 2010 at 11:57 PM)  

awesome cake.thanx for stopping by ..

Priti  – (December 21, 2010 at 1:51 AM)  

Can't stop drooling over it Pavi ;)

Sarah Naveen  – (December 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

Beautiful clicks..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

Torviewtoronto  – (December 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM)  

beautiful presentation and cake looks fabulous

Pam  – (December 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM)  

It looks beautiful and delicious.

Cham  – (December 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM)  

I ve bookmarked this recipe long back somewhere but never tried yet! After seeing ur pict I feel baking one soon. Good one

Indie.Tea  – (December 22, 2010 at 4:41 AM)  

Oo, that is a really lovely Christmas-ish cake. Great job, I love your photo set-ups too.

Renata  – (December 22, 2010 at 4:59 AM)  

Wow Pavithra! This cake looks heavenly! So Christmassy! What a gorgeous decoration!
Merry Christmas!!!

Sushma Mallya  – (December 22, 2010 at 5:18 AM)  

beautiful cake, merry xmas pavitra..

Rachana  – (December 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM)  

Wow!!! That cake looks so good, Pavithra. A Christmas delight :-)

Nostalgia  – (December 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM)  

Looks great! The pictures are really great.

Swathi  – (December 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM)  

Beautiful cake Pavithra. I love the clicks too.

Apu  – (December 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM)  

Delicious!! Ages since I made this cake!!

Gulmohar  – (December 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM)  

Looks wonderful !!! wish I could grab a piece

Ananda Rajashekar  – (December 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM)  

oh what a gorgeous cake and stunning pictures! love the addition of orange and lemon zest in them they give amazing refreshing flavour on my my wish to grab one slice of it :)

Unknown  – (December 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM)  

OMG! Looks very delicious & tempting ......we are missing all ur hand made cakes :( :(
superb clicks........ do pass some cake dear :) :)

lifescoops  – (November 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM)  

This cake looks amazing Pavithra...It looks so good..I love fruit cakes :)) I have seen your Christmas pudding recipe too. My grandma used to make them ...I wanted to make it this year but since I am travelling to India for Xmas I will have my mom's pudding this year :)

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