A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS
Dundee Style Christmas Cake 2011
Some years ago, instead of our usual marzipan and iced cake, I experimented by making a Dundee Style one with the traditional topping of cherries and nuts. This year, having already made two marzipanned cakes with one iced as well (the Easter Simnel Cake and our Silver Wedding Anniversary Cake) I decided to make another Dundee Cake. The basic cake was made using the Special Occasion Rich Fruit Cake recipe which I use for all family celebration cakes. Before it was baked I selected enough nuts and fruits to put in concentric rings on top, which are added before the cake was baked. Last time I used just blanched almonds and glace cherries but this time I topped it with circles of walnuts, pecan nuts and blanched almonds interspersed with red and green glace cherries. When we were in Spain on holiday this year I discovered green cherries in little bottles and was very pleased as I have been searching for them for some years. They are not quite the same as the red cherries we have in the UK, as the syrup is much lighter, but the flavour was the same. The ribbon came from Primark and was a bargain at £1 a roll – a perfect match for the colours I had already used for the cake topping.