Derek Still
Dundee Cake
  • A Dundee cake make a beautiful addition or alternative to an iced Christmas cake.

    INGREDIENTS:

    120 g currants
    120 g raisins
    100 g glace cherries {halved}
    60 g mixed peel
    4 tabs of DARK Jamaica rum
    170 g unsalted butter
    170 g soft dark sugar
    4 eggs
    170 g plain flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon mixed spice
    60 g blanched almonds {chopped}
    80 g blanched almonds {whole}

    ALSO REQUIRED:
    20 cm {8 inch} spring-form cake tin lined with baking paper, greased both sides.

    METHOD:
    1. Place currants, raisins and peel in a bowl with the rum, cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
    2. Halve glace cherries and toss lightly in flour to prevent them sinking to the bottom of the cake. Set aside.
    3. Pre-heat oven to 180 C { 150 fan }. Line the base and sides of the 20 cm spring form cake tin with baking paper {greased both sides.}
    4. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until it no longer feels "gritty" then add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until well combined.
    5. SIFT in flour, baking powder and spice and fold together using a pallet knife.
    6. Lightly stir in the 60 g of chopped almonds, cherries and dried fruit mixture including the rum. Now you have come this far it's nice to pour the cook a glass of rum too.
    7. Pour cake mixture into the spring-form tin, smooth top to a slight dome shape, and top with the 80 g of blanched almonds forming an attractive pattern.
    8. Bake on centre shelf of oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours {90 minutes} bearing in mind that the real test is when a tooth pick or a cake tester inserted into the cakes centre comes out completely clean.
    9. Allow cake to cool cake in the tin for a while before removing it and placing on a cooling rack.

    NOTE:
    1. If blanched almonds cannot be found, brown skinned almonds can be dropped into a saucepan of boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes. The skin can then be removed very easily by rubbing.
    2. Attractive "flower " decorations can be made for the top of the Dundee cale using almonds as petals and glace cherries as the flower centre, if preferred.
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