Claiming the cake
European Protected Geographical Indication status for Dundee Cake
Food Innovation @ Abertay have been at the heart of a project to uncover the true origins of Dundee Cake and to confirm a recipe for it that paid respect to the unique local heritage of the cake but also met with the practical demands of bakers and retailers for medium to large scale production and a longer shelf life.
Bringing together food historian Catherine Brown, food stylists and local bakers including Martin Goodfellow of Goodfellow & Steven, they put together a case for Dundee Cake to be awarded European PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.
The agreed recipe includes orange peel (thus making a key link to the city’s marmalade heritage) but not cherries, spices or fl aked almonds – a topping of whole blanched almonds is a crucial part of confirming any Dundee Cake as the real McCoy.