Dundee cake recipe
Recipe type: Cakes
- 100g blanched almonds
- 180g unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 180g light muscovado sugar
- zest 1 large orange
- 3 tbsp apricot jam or marmalade
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 large eggs , beaten
- 100g ground almonds
- 2 tbsp milk
- 500g mixed dried fruits
- 100g whole glacé cherries
- 1 tbsp milk
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- Put the almonds into a small bowl and pour over boiling water to just cover. Leave for 5 mins then drain in a sieve and leave to dry.
- Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 5. Line a deep loose-based 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.
- Put the butter in a large bowl and beat well until soft. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the orange zest and apricot jam.
- Sieve together the flour and baking powder. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. If the mixture starts to curdle, stir in a little flour.
- Add the remaining flour and ground almonds and mix well. Mix in the milk and then add the dried fruit and cherries and mix gently together.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread level using the back of a spoon. Arrange the whole almonds close together in neat circles on the top of the cake. Bake in the oven for 45 mins.
- Lower the oven temperature to 160C/130 C fan/gas 2 and cook for a further 60-80 minutes. Check the cake after 50 minutes by inserting a wooden or metal skewer into the cake. When it's done it should have just a few crumbs attached. Check every 10 minutes - it's important not to overcook this cake so the centre will be a little soft.
- When cooked, remove the cake briefly from the oven, put the milk and sugar into a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Brush over the top of the cake and return the cake to the oven for 2-3 mins. Remove and allow the cake to cool in the tin. When quite cold remove from the tin and wrap in foil and keep for at least 2 days before cutting.