Dundee cake is a traditional Scottish fruitcake, which derives its name from the city of Dundee. The cake originated in 19th century Scotland, and was originally made as a mass-produced cake by the marmalade company Keiller's marmalade. This vegan Dundee cake recipe is the veganised version of the traditional Scottish fruitcake recipe. My Dundee cake is vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and butter-free; my vintage-inspired Dundee cake not only has the same texture and flavour as the traditional fruitcake, but reaches all parts of your palate with its floral aroma of a citrus orchard in bloom and its lush richness of fruits and finishes leaving a mellow rum aftertaste.
The Scottish Dundee cake is a classic Christmas and New Year’s Eve treat for all. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds, as my photos will testify.
Traditionally, a fruitcake is served for festivities such as holidays and weddings; a typical wedding cake is the traditional fruitcake. Similar to the Christmas fruitcake, the traditional Easter cake which is eaten at Easter in Great Britain and Ireland is a fruitcake covered with marzipan.
The Scottish Dundee fruitcake is traditionally made with rum liquor; the alcohol works as a natural preservative for the cake, it keeps the cake moist, while also not spoiling for weeks. This vegan Dundee cake will keep for 2 to 3 weeks as long as it is brushed with rum twice a week, wrapped in plastic and foil, and stored in a cool and dry place or in the refrigerator.
Tea pairing: Dundee cake & Earl Grey tea
Dundee cake has been a quintessential tea time treat! This is a dessert of great finesse, which so elegantly reaches all parts of your palate with its floral aroma of a citrus orchard in bloom and its lush richness of fruits and finishes leaving a mellow rum aftertaste. Dundee cake is the perfect tea time treat and it has been paired with delicious, high quality, and fine tea blends. The increasing sophistication of tea drinking and tea culture calls for the perfect tea and dessert pairing: Earl Grey tea has a very distinct citrusy flavour and thus it is the perfect pair for the Dundee cake, as it enhances and brings out the citrusy aromas and fruity flavours of this rich cake without overpowering it.
Drink & Dessert pairing: Hibiscus sangria & Dundee cake
Hibiscus sangria is one of the most decadent and prettiest beverages. Give an exotic twist to your sangria by adding homemade hibiscus syrup. One of the most exquisite and exotic natural sweeteners used in beverages is hibiscus syrup. Hibiscus sangria is the perfect drink to serve, if you are entertaining guests, because it is easy and impressive! Hibiscus sangria and Dundee cake is an aromatic, fruity and aesthetic drink and dessert pairing.
The top of the Dundee cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds, as my photos will testify.
My Easter cake this year is a Spring Dundee cake decorated with orange spoon sweet (peel) and candied edible apricot blossoms, as my photos will testify.
Dundee cake can be decorated with traditional Greek strawberry spoon sweet too!