Madeira Cake | How to make Madeira Cake

By Shireen Sequeira  |  27th Aug 2015  |  
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About Madeira Cake Recipe

A simple sponge with a hint of lemon that makes for a delicious tea time accompaniment.

Madeira Cake

Ingredients to make Madeira Cake

  • 175 grams plain flour (maida)
  • 50 grams ground almonds (almond powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 225 grams (8 oz) unsalted butter
  • 225 grams (8 oz) caster sugar
  • zest (grated rind) of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (optional)

How to make Madeira Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl. Stir in the ground almonds
  3. In another bowl, using an electric whisk, beat the butter and add the sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon rind and vanilla
  4. Add the eggs one at a time beating for 1 minute after each addition.
  5. Add in the flour mixture in 3 parts and fold gently to incorporate. If you feel that the batter is too stiff just add a tablespoon of milk at a time.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smoothen the surface. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. The top of the cake would be light and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes
  8. Invert onto a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting
  9. The cake remains moist when stored in a cool place for up to 3 days (if it lasts that long!)

My Tip:

1. If you want to skip the almond flour then just use 225 grams of plain flour (total). The addition of almond gives the cake a great flavour, texture and also helps keep it moist for longer so I strongly recommend you to use it. 2. You can use this cake to make the base of trifle puddings however since trifles usually call for cakes that are not very moist (because you want a cake that holds the several layers of pudding and jelly and not turn into a squishy mess when served) you can bake this cake for slightly longer (an extra 5-10 mins) to give the dry texture.

Reviews for Madeira Cake (2)

aaditi alornekar2 years ago


Meeta Lall3 years ago

Bake for 50 mins at what temp???!!!