Dundee cake

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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According to legend, 16th-century Mary, Queen of Scots, did not like to eat glace cherries and a lighter version of fruit cake, the Dundee cake, was developed especially for her. The real story is that the cake was invented by Janet Keiller at the end of the 18th century. She sold the cake in her shop in Dundee, where she also sold her marmalade.

Janet Keiller is the inventor of marmalade as we know it today; previously, it was cut-able rather than