November 9, 2022

Dundee Cake

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I've seen this cake before but haven't baked it until I saw Enola Holmes biting on a large chunk. She is eating it while sitting on a bench in a park and holding it like it's a piece of bread. BTW, Enola Holmes 2 movie is streaming on Netflix.

I don't have Dundee Marmalade but I have homemade sour orange marmalade and the rest of the ingredients. It is delicious but I find it too dry. Maybe I need to let it age a little bit more. I left the baked cake in the baking pan and covered it with tin foil for 2 days before trying it. I reduced the sugar to just ½ cup and it is still too sweet for me.

Dundee Cake
adapted from Scottish Scran blog
1¼ cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup room temperature butter plus extra for greasing pan
¾ cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cups dried sultanas
1 cup dried currants
5 tablespoons Seville Orange marmalade
zest of 1 orange
blanched almonds for decoration
  • Pre-heat oven to 300°F.
  • Lightly butter bottom and sides of a 7-inch springform pan. Line with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1¼ cups​ flour and baking powder; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held beater.
  • Add the eggs and 2 tablespoons flour. Beat on low.
  • Add in the dried fruits, marmalade, and orange zest. Mix just until blended. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon into the prepared pan, smooth top, and decorate top with blanched almonds.
  • Bake for 1½ to 2 hours. Cover with aluminum foil after 1 hour to prevent over browning.
  • Remove foil and discard.
  • Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack.
  • When completely cooled, cover with 2 layers of foil and leave for 2 days before slicing.


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