Saturday, 7 July 2012

A Cake for Cycling: Dundee Cake


Last weekend we went cycling.

For three days.

It was brilliant.

Cycling 35 miles a day through the gentle rolling hills and along the coastal paths of Pembrokeshire. In our panniers we packed just a change of clothes, some derriere protecting cream (best seventeen pounds spent on my bottom ever) and a few several hundred Mars Bars.

In other words, the essentials. And just look at the view my Dad, my Sister, A and I enjoyed!


And this one!



And this one!




And for a trip like this one, we needed a proper cake. A cake that when squished by the weight of several hundred Mars Bars would still taste flavorsome, light and darn tasty. 

A cake that if it were a box of tissues (stick with me) it would certainly not be a pretty floral two-ply box but a Man Sized box ('Big, strong and reliable'*) 

Dundee Cake was only possible cake that could fulfil this criteria.

Dundee Cake

The recipe is taken from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course and can also be found on her website, right here

Baker's notes...
  • Delia suggests it makes a nice alternative to a richer, darker Christmas Cake
  • (Are we allowed to mention Christmas in July?)
  • It is light, crumbly and very, very fruity. And keeps ever so well
  • As it contains not only whole blanched almonds but whiskey (helped with the hills!), this post in winging its way to the AlphaBakes Challenge this month hosted by Caroline Makes with the letter 'W'
  • With many thanks to my wonderful Sister




* Possibly the first time you'll have heard a cake being referred to as strong and reliable.


16 comments:

  1. I love cycling... I always think it's like flying close to the ground... isn't it? I also love dundee cake, perfect for the energy you must have needed... yummy!

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  2. Cycling for 3 days sounds perfect! I'm jealous! And what a good idea to take a cake along!

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  3. I very nearly baked a Dundee cake yesterday but went for a lighter walnut cake sandwiched with fudge icing instead. As it was a birthday I thought this would be better suited to a celebration but I'm now regretting not getting to try this....

    Laura x
    http://firstclassramblings.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow - what gorgeous views. There are times when only a good solid fruitcake will do - hah! in your face, cupcakes!

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  5. Looks gorgeous, I love Pembrokeshire - I did some walking in Anglesey yesterday on the newly opened coastal path and very nice it was too. But cycling sounds fab (and a great excuse to eat more cake!).

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  6. Looks like a lovely study cycling cake, perfect for fortifying you after a long day on the road!

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  7. What a beautiful scenery and of course what perfect bites for the trip : )

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  8. What a fabulous trip and what a fabulous cake...small and perfectly formed...it fits the criteria perfectly!!!! I want to be in Pembrokeshire now! :-)

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  9. Absolutely stunning photos - looks like you had a great time. Awesome cake too and I'm glad it was fit for purpose. Thanks for entering it to AlphaBakes :)

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  10. Looks like you had a lovely holiday - hope the weather was ok! Dundee cake sounds like the perfect way to fuel it.

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  11. Looks like a great way to spend 3 days and a perfect cake for it! In my line of work Christmas is mentioned a lot in July but I would avoid it if possible!!

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  12. Beautiful pictures =] By the way, not that you have to do anything with it, but I've nominated you for an award. =] http://food-fork-and-good.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/life-gets-in-way.html

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  13. BRILLIANT! I love it when you have been cycling as we get to see where you went, and this is a PERFECT cake for three days of pedalling! Karen

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  14. a lovely cycling holiday and great pics. perfect cake to have after such exertion

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  15. What a great holiday - beautiful views - and a beautiful cake - LOVE Dundee cake and yours looks and sounds fabulous!
    Mary x

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  16. I've never eaten dundee cake before, it looks delicious- thanks for sending it in to alphabakes!

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