Dundee Cake {2nd Blogiversary}

Dundee Cake Recipe

Dundee Cake is a light fruit cake, first made by the Scottish marmalade company, Keiller’s, in the nineteenth century. It is the perfect bake for those who yearn for a treat somewhere between a Christmas cake and a sponge – not too rich, but not overly light and airy. As with most of my creations, this recipe stays true to tradition and is decorated with concentric circles of blanched almonds (laboriously peeled by my fair hands) – simple yet effective. Indeed, it seems the ideal bake with which to celebrate two years of FrugalFeeding, Katherine’s birthday and our anniversary, all of which happen to fall in the same week – let the celebrations commence!

As you’ll see below, the cooking time for a Dundee cake is far above that of a normal sponge. While the fact it takes two hours to cook does highlight a somewhat blatant drawback, it also makes for a rather delicious positive – every cloud and all that. Indeed, with added time comes extra thick crust and that, for me, is what elevates the Dundee cake above all other fruit cakes. The firm, almost crispy, outer layer of burnished sponge intermittently punctuated by caramelised currants and sultanas gives way to a sweet, dense sponge which always proves exceedingly satisfying.

Dundee Cake Recipe

So, here we are; two years later, with a modicum of popularity and a great bunch of followers! I hope you’ve been enjoying my recipes, because I’ve certainly enjoyed bringing all 280+ to you. Please, if you haven’t had a chance to look at some of FrugalFeeding’s back catalogue a perusal of the recipe index is simply a must. I hope I’ve made an impact on all of you in some way; perhaps you’ve started thinking about what you spend on food, or developed a firmer understanding of seasonality and eating locally. Whatever the lessons or information gleaned from your experience of my blog please continue to visit and share my recipes with friends and family. Here’s to another ten years!

p.s. if you’re at all interested in last year’s cake – Seville Marmalade Cake

Dundee Cake {recipe}

Makes one 8 inch cake


• 150g butter

• 150g caster sugar

• 3 eggs

• 225g plain flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 tbsp whole milk

• 125g currants

• 125g sultanas

• 50g mixed peel

• 100g almonds, blanched

• 1 orange, zest of

• 1 lemon, zest of


1. Grease and line an 8-inch cake tin. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and incorporate little by little with a hand whisk. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold gently until uniform.

2. Roughly chop 60g of the almonds and pop them, along with the fruit and zest into the cake batter. Fold, adding milk if it’s a little stiff – it wants a good dropping consistency. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin, flatten and arrange the almonds on the top in concentric circles.

Dundee Cake Recipe

3.  Bake at 150C for 2-2.5 hours, until browned and firm and springy to the touch. Leave to cool before turning out and enjoying immensely.


Dundee Cake Recipe

Cost: The thing I like about fruit cakes, particularly the lighter variety, is that they’re exceptionally frugal – there’s no spectacular icing involved, just good rustic decoration. Almonds can be expensive, but it is possible to find them at a reasonable price – the amount used here set me back a mere 60p! All in all, this delicious Scottish traditional will set you back no more than around £4.20 – a very good deal as far as I’m concerned!

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128 comments on “Dundee Cake {2nd Blogiversary}

  1. acorninmykitchen
    January 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Beautiful cake!

  2. IRENA & dots
    January 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    With coffee that could be a perfect saturday breakfast!

  3. daisy
    January 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I love the looks of this cake, Frugal!

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and consider it one of my favorites. Here’s to many more years of sharing, cooking, and eating wonderful food.


    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Daisy! Yours is one of mine!

  4. countrywoodsmoke
    January 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary, and what a special week for you.
    This cake looks stunning, your photos get better and better.

  5. ilovelucca
    January 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Greedybread and commented:
    Something to keep you happy from one of my fav blogs….Mmmmm Dundee cake and nice cuppa tea:)

  6. Karla @ Foodologie
    January 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    When I first read the title I read it as “drunkee” cake… clearly I need a weekend ASAP

  7. Food and Forage Hebrides
    January 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    That’s very cheap to make a
    Dundee cake! Well done on your milestones and celebrations. I’m already sold on seasonality and local sourcing, but picking up some great (and frugal) recipes from you to slot into my repertoire, so thank you, keep up the exemplary work!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      It is! Thanks! Glad you have the same beliefs!

  8. Karla
    January 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    When I first read the title I thought it said “drunkee”… clearly I need a weekend…

  9. putneyfarm
    January 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Congrats! Never heard of the cake, but it looks beautiful…

  10. Christina Hunter
    January 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Happy blogiversary 🙂

  11. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Frugal! Yours is a great blog. I always make Dundee Cake rather than traditional Xmas cake. I used to make them to take to my son and daughter when I visited them at uni. There’s ongoing sibling rivalry about who got the most Dundee cakes!!

  12. throve
    January 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations! 🙂 Here’s to many more! Cheers. (Clink)

  13. abrooke65
    January 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Congrats! You’ve achieved quite a lot with your beautiful blog. You should be proud.

  14. Claratee
    January 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Oh, it looks luscious!

  15. lambyknits01
    January 31, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Happy Blogiversary…and many mooooorrrrre! 🙂

  16. blessedwiththunderthighs
    January 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Happy 2nd bloggiversary! So glad to have found your blog and thanks for liking my page.
    The pictures on this blog are AWESOME! It makes my food look super ugly, haha 😉

  17. Kier
    January 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    What a fun week for you! Lots to celebrate.

    The cake looks delicious (as does the marmalade cake!)

  18. briancoffeespot
    January 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Have you tried baking it with 50% wholemeal flour and muscavado sugar? I think I’ll give it a go like that (I tend to use wholemeal flour & muscavado sugar a lot). I’ll let you know how I get on!

    Thanks for the recipe,

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Nope, why not, Brian? Let me know how you like it! Tweet me 😀

      • briancoffeespot
        February 5, 2013 at 1:02 am

        I tried it tonight. Forgot to take photos. It tasted great, everyone I tried it on really liked it. The only problem with it was that it was very crumbly, so getting (small) slices was difficult…

        • frugalfeeding
          February 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

          I’m glad it went down well, Brian! Hmm, our wasn’t too bad – that’s strange. Though, it is a more crumbly cake than most.

  19. Somer
    January 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Plenty of reasons to celebrate. It’s been fun to watch your blog grow and to see you gain so many followers. All well deserved. I have to say I’m proud of you my friend! I’ve never been a fan of fruit cake, but this is clearly a good one. I’m loving how crusty and dark the edges got. Congrats Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Somer! The crust was so yummy! Please continue to visit 😀

      • Somer
        February 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        I will, just behind….visiting now! 🙂

  20. emily
    January 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve loved following for the past few months and look forward to doing so for many more to come. And that cake looks absolutely delicious, no doubt in large part to the labored-over almonds. 🙂

  21. spree
    January 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Happy Anniversaries! Really fun seeing traditional desserts from your part of the world Nick. Not a fan of “fruit cake” per se, but I do like the sounds (& pretty looks) of this one! A big congratulations on a really top notch blog! Glad to be in your company! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I’ll endeavour to do more, Spree! And I to be in yours!

  22. baconbiscuit212
    January 31, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Looks like you baked up the perfect treat. And those almonds? Very well-peeled, Nick. As only your fair fingers could do 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Haha – thanks, Daisy! I do have fair fingers… though I’m sure yours are much fairer.

      • baconbiscuit212
        February 5, 2013 at 4:00 am

        Aww, you’re sweet. But I really think you have the fairer hands 😉

  23. Trish
    January 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Congratulations on all your anniversaries. Please excuse my Americanness, but what is mixed peel? I have heard this cake mentioned in some of my favorite British books (wait, all my favorite books are British) and would love to make it.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Umm – candied peel of lemons, oranges etc…

  24. Aimee@clevermuffin
    January 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Happy bloggerversary Frugal! Cake looks delish, as always. And yes, I think in the past two years you have made me think a bit more about what I spend on dinners, so mission accomplished. Even though to date I’ve only ever made your desserts (it’s a problem, I’ll admit it). Enjoy all your celebrations this week.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Cheers, Aimee! I’m glad I’ve had an effect! Make my savoury stuff, it’s the best!

  25. onceuponarecipe
    January 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Happy blogoversary good sir! This cake looks lovely and like it would go quite nicely alongside a hot cup of tea (my favorite kind of cake). Cheers to many more years of frugality and blogging! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Cheers, Amanda! I hope you continue to peruse my offerings!

  26. Susan at Savvy Single Suppers
    February 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Best wishes for all the celebrations and continued success with your blog. Hope you take a moment and feel mighty proud.

  27. The Porto Bellas
    February 1, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This looks and sounds delicious… as does your seville marmalade cake. Happy ‘frugal’ birthday!

  28. Sacha
    February 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I love that nice brown crust. What a week for you!

  29. narf77
    February 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Happy 2nd birthday and what a frugal fellow you are! Frugal by name, frugal by nature and clever…pack all of the big events together in one week and party for a solid week and not have to replicate it all again for another year! Well done on 2 years of blogging and on the sterling effort to share delicious recipes with us all…Happy birthday to the lovely Katherine and Happy aniversary to you both :). Have a fantastic week of celebrating 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Haha – thanks! Oh stop it! More to come, of course!

      • narf77
        February 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        I have come to rely on your recipes…its insidious how I am starting to recommend your recipes to friends! All without the inclusion of cocaine (like original Coke!) to get us hooked…what is your secret! My guess is that we are all lusting after our mum’s cooking and your recipes hit the spot. You are becoming Nigel Slater 2 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          February 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

          I’m glad :D. Oh no, don’t say that… he’s annoying 😀 – though, he does do good cooking.

  30. lkshaw1
    February 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I always enjoy your posts, Frugal!

  31. cookazido
    February 1, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Congratulations on your anniversaries! I enjoy your blog very much.

  32. angelica | table twenty eight
    February 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Congratulations on your milestone. I’m very glad you stumbled upon my site, which in turn led me to your enjoyable writing and lovely images. Here’s to many more years of sharing food, food, glorious food!

  33. thatoldschoolgirl
    February 1, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Reblogged this on thatoldschoolgirl's Blog.

  34. ohlidia
    February 1, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Congrats Nick! Here’s to many more!

  35. vinicooksveg
    February 1, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Congratulations for completing two great years of blogging! You always inspire with your wonderful recipes! Keep up the great work!

  36. jenyjohn
    February 1, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Congratulations Nick for the 2nd anniversary…. you truly have a great blog here that inspires many… I love your blog…keep going….:)

  37. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    February 1, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Happy 2nd blogiversary! I don’t comment that often, but your blog is one of my favorites! Here’s to many more blogiversaries to come! 🙂

  38. trialsinfood
    February 1, 2013 at 3:41 am

    looks great! well worth the effort to peel the almonds. happy blogiversary! happy birthday to Katherine and happy anniversary to you two!

  39. Korena in the Kitchen
    February 1, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Three great reasons to celebrate with cake – cheers and congratulations!

  40. Simone Durand
    February 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Thank you for the like on my Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! Like the concept of your blog.

  41. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
    February 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Happy 2 year Blogiversary! And I look forward to reading more of your posts in the coming years. Simple and elegant cake. Looks absolutely lovely Nick.

  42. Jo Blogs
    February 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Congratulations three fold Frugs! This is my dad’s favourite cake and I’ve been looking for a recipe for some time now – thanks!

  43. cookinginsens
    February 1, 2013 at 6:50 am


  44. Kumu
    February 1, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Happy 2nd:) Great looking cake!

  45. Lorna
    February 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations, and happy blogiversary! I always enjoy your posts: keep up the good work 🙂

  46. whilehewasout
    February 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This cake looks great with all those almonds and fruits, perfect for a Bday and 2 anniversaries!! Happy everything 🙂

  47. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    February 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

    looks like a cake I would love — and happy celebrating – the almonds by the way add just the right note

  48. ChgoJohn
    February 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats on Anniversary Number 2. Can’t wait to see what goodies you’ll bring us this year!

  49. Patch
    February 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Ooooo that looks great. Afraid I can’t have a go at this one as the cooking time is too long for The Beast (and I don’t want to spend £90 on a special Aga cake baker thingy!). Fruit cakes are the only things we can’t do. So I shall feast on your gorgeous photos instead. Happy Celebrations!!

  50. Green Door Hospitality
    February 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Looks delicious and Happy 2 Year Anniversary! 🙂

  51. Maria Dernikos
    February 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations on your 2 year blog anniversary, your anniversary and best wishes to Catherine. Nice to have a whole week full of good things, plus the cake looks very edible.

  52. makingitwithdanielle
    February 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary… thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes and inspiring us!

  53. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea
    February 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I can’t wait to make this and have a slice with a cup of coffee! Thanks for sharing! And I loko forward to all of the future recipes throughout 2013!

  54. lovinghomemade
    February 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    That looks delicious. Happy anniversary/birthday/anniversary!

  55. egg me on
    February 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hey Nick – congrats on 2 years! Awesome photos, awesome writing, awesome recipes. Keep it up! 🙂

  56. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    February 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Fabulous, Nick! Happy Blogaversary/Anniversary/Katherine’s Birthday! 🙂 Looking forward to many more years of your fabulous blog! x

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      haha – thanks! I look forward to many years of association with you, Celia!

  57. notedinnashville
    February 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! That’s a big accomplishment, and a lot of recipes.

  58. Conor Bofin
    February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    There is no doubt, you are the Traditional British Cake Master.
    Happy Blogavarsary.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Haha – I shall have to write that on my grave stone, as and when is appropriate.

  59. Michelle
    February 2, 2013 at 12:40 am

    It appears to be a very fine cake indeed. Many happy returns!

  60. threeblondesandatomas
    February 2, 2013 at 1:29 am

    happy blogiversary!! this looks beautiful, cheers!!

  61. Jeff
    February 2, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Happy Blogiversary! This is a fantastic looking cake, lots of flavours and textures! What exactly is the mixed peel?

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      It’s candied and chopped orange, lemon and sometimes lime zest.

  62. fleurdeselsf
    February 2, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Happy Blogiversary – this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  63. whisksandchopsticks
    February 2, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Happy blogiversary! Looking forward to more posts, and I like a slice please. 🙂

  64. The Healthy Flavor
    February 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I don’t like fruit cake in the slightest, however yours does look very beautiful! You may have convinced me, haha. Congrats on your blog. I’ve been following a short time, it’s exciting to see blogs grow