Dundee Cake

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It’s December and Christmas is upon us, so what could be better during the festive days than enjoying a slice of Dundee Cake accompanied by a cup of tea, or maybe a wee dram?
The recipe for our Dundee Cake is based on IREKS CREME CAKE MIX. With a quantity of addition of 100 %, it is efficient and produces a piece of baked goods with a moist crumb and long freshkeeping qualities.
The commercial development of the cake began in the city of Dundee in the late 18th century. However, the cake probably originated in the 16th century when it was made for Mary, the famous Queen of Scots. One of the most popular legends here has it that the queen herself asked for a fruit cake recipe without glace cherries, so almonds became the answer. The term “Dundee Cake” is derived from “Keiller’s marmalade”, the well-known British marmalade company founded in Dundee, which was the first business to mass produce the cake.

Recipe: Dundee Cake (PDF, 1,4 MB)

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The City of Dundee sits on the north bank of the Firth of Tay river in Scotland and has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. Its natives are called Dundonians. Dundee saw a rapid population increase at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Of particular significance was the influx of Irish workers attracted by the prospect of work in the booming textile industries. Its history is evident throughout the city of Dundee, for example at the Camperdown Works in Lochee, the largest jute factory in Dundee of its time. Although employment in the jute industry is now close to zero, the city is still known as a centre for occupation and education including various industries and two universities.
We at IREKS U.K. Ltd. hope you enjoy our version of the popular Dundee Cake and wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a safe and prosperous new year 2024.