Dundee Cake From Scotland / Eggless Dundee Cake

Dundee Cake From Scotland / Eggless Dundee Cake

For the 4th day of mega marathon, I have prepared this cake from Scotland – Dundee Cake.

Dundee cake is basically a fruit cake, using different types of dry fruits like currants, sultanas, almonds, glace cherries and candied orange peel.

Legends say that cake was originally made for Mary queen of Scots in the 16th century. Since she didn’t like cherries, so the top of the cake was decorated with almonds arranged in concentric circles. Later on, it was commercially developed in the 1800s by marmalade company called Keiller’s.

Now , why did I choose this cake? I had initial plans of making danish pastry. Due to some other involvements, I fell short of time and wanted to make something real quick. A search begun and all the options seemed time consuming. Luckily, my eyes caught this Dundee cake. I was intrigued by the name and decided to make it.

Most recipes I’ve come across would agree that the main ingredients of Dundee cake are candied orange peel, almonds, raisins, currants and sultanas. The fat used in this cake is butter. All the things were at my quick disposal except butter. There comes the improvisation…I used malai (fresh cream) in place of butter. The results were beyond words. The cake was so moist and flavorful that It became very difficult to wait for it to cool. In-fact, I couldn’t stop myself demolding it as soon as it was out of the oven. The obvious result was…a bit disfigured cake, but who cares as long as it’s so yum 🙂

PS: In my hurry to make this cake, I forgot to top it with almonds. So placed the  almonds after baking to give it a traditional look.

Dundee cake

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recipe of dundee cake eggless

Prep Time: 10 min              Baking Time: 40 min                 Serves: 4


All purpose flour 1 ½ cup
Baking powder
1 tsp
Baking soda
½ tsp
Milk 1 cup
Orange juice ¼ cup
¾ cup
Brown sugar
½ cup
Sugar ¼ cup
Orange peel
1 tbsp
Ground almonds ¼ cup
Mixed Dry fruits 1 cup
Blanched almonds
for glazing


  1. Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda. Keep aside.
  2. In a bowl take just luke warm milk and add orange juice to it. Keep aside for 5 minutes. It will curdle a bit.
  3. In another bowl, whip malai till it released liquid and becomes smooth and buttery.
  4. Add powdered brown and white sugar. Cream it well till light and fluffy.
  5. Add ground almonds and orange peel to the mixture and fold in gently.
  6. Next add flour mix and milk in small batches and make a lump free batter.
  7. Add a tablespoon of all purpose flour to chopped dry fruits and mix well to coat all the pieces.
  8. Add these dry fruits to the batter and gently fold in.
  9. Pour the batter in greased tin.
  10. Tap to smoothen it and top with blanched almonds.
  11. Bake at 180 C for 40 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  12. Let it rest in the pan for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from the pan and glaze it with honey or maple syrup.
  14. Cool on the wire rack and serve.

10 thoughts on “Dundee Cake From Scotland / Eggless Dundee Cake

  1. Ritu – you are a fab baker , you were unnecessarily worried about your baking skills, you are flipping out one after another difficult recipes with ease and the cake looks so beautiful

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