Lemon Madeira Cake

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off returning to our screens this week, I’ve had a go at the contestants first challenge – a Madeira cake which isn’t something I’ve baked either.

Here’s what you’ll need:


175g butter, softened IMG_1194
175g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Few drops vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds


What you need to do:

Heat the oven to 170°c and grease/line the a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Lining a tin is so much easier than it looks; this one took almost as long as mixing up the loaf batter.

Madeira Cake

Use an electric whisk to beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. I like to chop the butter into small pieces to help out my aged mixer 🙂

Madeira CakeThen beat in the eggs into the mixture one at a time.Madeira CakeAdd the lemon zest, vanilla and ground almonds.

Madeira CakeNow beat in the flour until you have a thick batter. It’s quite a strange consistency, it’s not as runny as a sponge cake recipe would be; however, the batter should be loose enough to fall off a spoon, if not add a little milk. Tip the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.

Madeira CakeBake for 55 minutes – 1 hour until a skewer in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack. I was delighted with the dome rise and ‘the crack’ on my Madeira cake and finished it off with a basic glacé icing.

Madeira Cake

Can’t promise I’ll attempt what they bake next week 😉





  1. 9th August 2015 / 1:31 pm

    That turned out perfectly! Next week, after the Bake Off, I want to see amazing towers of biscuits!! 😉

    • 9th August 2015 / 8:02 pm

      mmmm biscuits aren’t really my thing but I might have a go 🙂

  2. 9th August 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Looks great! How does it taste? x

    • 9th August 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Lovely! I shared amongst family too so not just my bias opinion. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. 9th August 2015 / 6:11 pm

    That cake looks delicious, well done you.

  4. 11th August 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Fabulous 😀 Missed the first one – have to catch up on iPlayer!

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