Dundee cake

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Dundee cake
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Type Fruit cake
Place of origin Scotland
Creator Keiller's marmalade
Main ingredients Currants, sultanas and almonds
Cookbook: Dundee cake  Media: Dundee cake

Dundee cake is a famous traditional Scottish fruit cake with a rich flavour.[1][2]

The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The cake originated in nineteenth-century Scotland, and was originally made as a mass-produced cake by the marmalade company called Keiller's. Keiller's marmalade company first produced the cake commercially and have been claimed to be the originators of the term "Dundee cake".[citation needed] However, similar fruit cakes were produced across Scotland. A popular story is that Mary Queen of Scots did not like glace cherries in her cakes, so the cake was first made for her, as a fruit cake that used blanched almonds and not cherries.[3] The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds. Today, the cakes are often sold in supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom.

The cake was also made and marketed in British India, and in independent India after 1947, by Britannia Industries and its predecessor firms. However, after 1980 the cake was withdrawn from the market though it continued to be supplied privately as a corporate Christmas gift by the maker.

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  1. ^ Elizabeth, Hinds. "Classic Scottish Cakes". Cake Baker. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dundee Recipe Is Another Standby for the Holidays". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL). 13 November 1936. p. 13. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/Food/article2714443.ece

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