Dundee Cake muffins

Dundee Cake muffins
Dundee Cake muffins

Dundee Cake is a very rich traditional Scottish fruit cake that was developed in Dundee in the late 17th century by the Keiller family (also famous for their marmalade) . 


I use to divide the dough into lots of small portions which I bake as muffins to use as Christmas gifts.


You can pick whatever whisky you like, but I suggest not to choose something too smoky or peaty. I always ask my significant other which of his whiskies I am allowed to use this respective year as not all his bottles are open. ;-)

Dundee Cake muffins recipe

PLEASE NOTE: As I am based in Germany I use grams, centilitres and Celsius temperatures



200 g raisins

120 g dried dates

100 g dried apricots

100 g diced candied orange peel

100 g diced candied lemon peel

lemon zest

8 cl whisky


375 g flour

275 g cane/demerara sugar

250 g clarified butter

4 eggs

1 pack vanilla sugar (8 g)

1 pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch each of ground cloves, allspice and cardamom

peeled almonds



  • Dice dates and apricots and mix with candied lemon and orange peel, raisins and lemon zest.
  • Pour half of the whisky over the mix, cover with cling film and leave to soak for at least an hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 150° C (convection oven: 130° C ).
  • Prepare muffin tin or cups.
  • Cream clarified butter until light.
  • Add sugar, vanilla sugar and salt.
  • Alternately add eggs and flour to the mix.
  • Add remaining alcohol, spices and fruit and stir in well.
  • Fill dough into tin/cups, decorate with one or more almonds and bake for approx. 45 - 50 minutes.
Fruit for Dundee Cake soaked in whisky
In 2019, I used a 20 year old Glen Deveron to soak the fruit ;-)



  • In Germany, you can find clarified butter in the supermarket as "Butterschmalz".
  • I use to make my vanilla sugar myself by putting scraped vanilla pods into a sugar jar. It tastes far less artificial than the version you can buy here in Germany.
  • Wrapped muffins should last approx. 5 - 6 weeks, but they never survive that long so I am not entirely sure... :-)
Dundee Cake muffins
Dundee Cake muffins

Do you have a "traditional" cake that you make every Christmas?

Looking forward to your recipes… :-)

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