Madeira loaf cake

Madeira loaf cake

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(108 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Cuts into 8 slices

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal397
  • fat23.6g
  • saturates12.3g
  • carbs39.5g
  • sugars22.6g
  • fibre1.4g
  • protein6.3g
  • salt0.6g


  • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs



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  • grated zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almond


  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.

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Barneys baking
17th Jan, 2016
Just made this.. Wow! it looks exactly like a bought one. I'm so proud,, tastes AMAZING. I only made a 1lb loaf as it was the only tin I had, but I'm going to buy a 2lb tin & do another one. Delicious with a latte at lunchtime :-)
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Thomas Halpin
20th Mar, 2019
Good luck! Hope the 2lb loaf works for ya. Kind regards John Peart
10th Nov, 2015
Totally delicious and really easy to make, my best madeira cake to date. Thanks for posting the recipie, Barney!
9th Aug, 2015
Inspired by Great British Bake Off I decided to give Madeira cake a try. Very easy recipe, and delicious result. I cooked it for 70 minutes in total (in fan assisted oven at 150C) and it was just perfect. Demolished in minutes by my husband and children, will definitely be making it again.
26th Jul, 2015
An absolutely lovely cake and so easy to make.
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5th May, 2015
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...
28th Apr, 2015
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
13th Jul, 2014
I love this cake, have been making it for years, today, however I wanted to experiment with it. If you have a mo check it out.
9th Jun, 2014
I tried this recipe out for my nephews birthday cake with increased quantities and it worked brilliantly! Look about 30 minutes extra than the stated time though. See my efforts here:
Frantic Flapjack
28th Jan, 2014
Easy to make. Mine took about 10 minutes more than the recipe stated. Tastes lovely and keeps well.


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