Cakes are baked the most by me around Christmas time. There is just something about this time of the year that I love baking cakes. This Scottish Dundee Cake appeared on my instagram feed once and I was intrigued by it. I read up a little and realised that this cake was an alternate option to the traditional Christmas Cake and skipped the rum and the cherries. It was a much easier take on Christmas Cake and the uniqueness about this was the orange flavour in it and the concentric circular pattern of blanched almonds on top. I tried it and instantly fell in love with this.
Scottish Dundee Cake uses orange rind as well as orange marmalade to flavour the cake. Though I did not add almond flour in the cake, the crunch from the almonds on top did give it a touch of the almond flavour too. I gave this cake to a couple of friends and everyone loved it.
So yeah, this is a cake you should definitely try out. It is not difficult to make and is so flavourful that you will surely fall in love with it..;) Just like me!
Scottish Dundee CakeCourse: CakesDifficulty: Easy
An extremely flavourful cake which can be your alternate to Christmas Plum cake when you are running short of time.
Unsalted Butter – 1/2 cup, soft and at room temperature
Brown Sugar / Castor Sugar – 2/3 cup
Eggs – 2
Orange Zest – from 1 orange
Orange Marmalade – 3 tbsp
All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Raisins – 1 cup
Almonds – 30-32, blanched
- Whisk together the butter and sugar.
- To this, add the eggs, orange zest and orange marmalade and whisk well.
- Fold in the flour (reserving a tbsp), baking powder and salt to the batter. Add the reserved tbsp of flour into the raisins and fold it into a batter.
- Transfer the batter into a 7-inch lined cake tin.
- Level the top and arrange the blanched almonds in concentric circles on top.
- Bake it in a pre-heated oven at 165C for 50-60 min till the top looks done and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Let it cool completely before unmoulding and slicing.