A Process, but Satisfying

This is a November tradition for the Tudor family. Dundee cake is better when aged in the freezer! It's also a great family activity as the egg beating takes strong arms and the children will love making the designs with the fruit and almonds. On December 6th, St. Nicholas' birthday, we start the beginning of our Christmas season with a special tea party. The advent wreath is put on display, the Dundee cake is enjoyed, and the spirit of the season is upon us.   

If you want to read more about the role food plays in how we celebrate the holidays read our post St. Nicholas Day Recipes

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  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almonds, blanched and chopped**
  • 2 1/2 cups of cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 1/2 cup citron, chopped
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries


  • Whole blanched almonds and candied cherries saved for decorations

** To blanch shelled almonds, put them into the boiling water and let stand 3 minutes. Drain. Slide skins off with your fingers. Spread nuts on absorbent paper towels to dry. 



Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour two 4.5 x 9 in loaf pans. Lining the pans with tin foil is an option for easy clean up--just remember to grease them too! 

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar mixing well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating 5 minutes after each egg. Stir in orange juice, vanilla extract, and almonds.

Sift the flour together with the salt and the baking powder into a second large bowl. Add the fruit and mix it by hand until well floured. Add the fruit to the first bowl and mix thoroughly.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans. Decorate the tops of the cakes with the extra almonds and cherries in festive designs. 

Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven. Check for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. Do not overbake. When the cakes are done, cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to cool completely. When cool, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze.