Dundee Cake Recipe

A delicious light Christmas fruit cake recipe with almonds and fruit.


3/4 cup butter
1 cup light soft brown sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sultana raisins
1 cup dark raisins
3/4 cup glace cherries (also known as crystallized or candied cherries), halved
3/4 cup mix peel, also known as candied or crystallized), depending on your country
1/2 cup blanched almond, chopped
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tbsp brandy
1 cup whole blanched almonds, to decorate


Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and line an 8 inch round deep cake pan.

Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.

Sift together flour, baking powder and spices. Fold into egg mixture alternating with the remaining ingredients, until evenly combined.

Pour mixture into cake pan, and smooth surface.

Decorate the top with blanched almonds.

Bake for 2 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean from the center.

Leave to cool in cake tin for 30 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.