Madeira loaf cake

Madeira loaf cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8 slices

A classic English sponge cake, delicately flavoured with lemon and almond - perfect for afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
397
protein
6.3g
carbs
39.5g
fat
23.6g
saturates
12.3g
fibre
1.4g
sugar
22.6g
salt
0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • grated zest 1 lemon
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds

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Method

  1. 1 Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Butter and line the base of a 900g loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy then beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the lemon zest and vanilla. Now beat in the flour and almonds until you have a thick batter. The batter should be loose enough that it falls off a wooden spoon, if it’s too thick mix in a splash of milk.
  2. Tip the batter into the tin and smooth over the top. Bake for 55 mins – 1hr until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven then leave to cool for 15 mins then remove from the tin, peel away the paper and leave on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. The loaf will keep in an airtight container for three days.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, January 2012

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NinaKaye's picture
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An absolutely lovely cake and so easy to make.

vintagemunchkin's picture

So delighted with this! Was moist, dense and delicious, wih just the right amount of lemon. My fella put away 3 doorstops in one sitting. It rose beautifully and looked v impressive! Will definitely make again...

Looney76's picture
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This is the first madeira cake I have made and it turned out perfectly. I have made it in a square tin and baked for less. Going to make another one to make another layer to sandwich together as its for a birthday cake. Perfect taste and I lovely moist texture. Thanks for the great recipe :) xx

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Easy to make. Mine took about 10 minutes more than the recipe stated. Tastes lovely and keeps well.

burlesquecakegrl's picture

I only made thus cake to use as a base for an apple & ginger Queen of Puddings !
I'd only ever had shop-bought Madeira cake before, & was never impressed. Always thought of it as dry & a bit bland, the sort of thing your granny would serve up during a boring visit !
But my goodness am I converted ! This cake is simple to make & absolutely GORGEOUS !!! Light, moist & with a fantastically delicate flavour. A real English afternoon tea classic.
By the way, I managed to grab just enough of it to make that Queen of Puddings...Thanks so much for this fab recipe Barney. Just about to make another one right now.
Will be using slightly less lemon zest - perhaps half a lemon this time - at the request of my husband, who thinks it's (quote) "a bit too lemony" !!

vintagemunchkin's picture

I totally agree! I thought I'd have a go at it, but was worried I'd end up with some dusty loaf! In actual fact it was deliciousness personified. My boyfriend devoured 3 doorsteps in one sitting!

jimiskewl's picture

Nice easy cake that everyone liked. Mine took 10 mins more than suggested and I've got a fan oven.

KonstantinaK's picture

I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious! I can't stop eating! It is the definition of cake!

cathbellamy's picture
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This is outstanding. I used really good quality butter and duck eggs to make it really special and added the juice of 1/2 a lemon. It needed about 10 mins more cooking than suggested. Really good. Yum!

bluemoons2013's picture
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Easy and delicious; my kind of baking.

clkitchen's picture
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Yummy little loaf......my family including myself have a very sweet tooth......so I squeezed some lemon juice and added it to icing sugar to Make a lovely zingy frosting on the cake and grated on some extra lemon zest to finish! So so so good!

thomasross's picture

I made this cake yesterday, and added coconut instead of the ground almonds, and added some cherries, I baked it in a round cake tin, then I iced it with plain icing and sprinkled with coconut, it went down a treat and all my friends asked for the recipe.

vix-stix's picture

Please can you tell me your secret for your cherries not sinking. I've tried & tried, but every time my cherries make a layer at the bottom of the cake. Thank you. :)

tanyahetherton's picture
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made this madiera cake the other day it was just fabby doo da

lolster's picture
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Just made this - didn't have lemon so just left it out, and had to use a third baking spread as I ran out of butter. Oh and I only had medium eggs! It is DELICIOUS! Will definitely make again with proper ingredients. Great recipe.

sadieloumc's picture
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Lovely taste and texture, v easy, nicer than I expected!

cookie5957's picture
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Just made this cake in a 7inch square tin and it took 55 mins to cook at gas mark 3. It was perfect....lovely flavours and so moist. Going to make another one to take into work.

alistairx1's picture

Very good recipe. It turns out perfect each time. Try orange instead of lemon and equally delicious.

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