Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake is a classic rich, golden, moist sponge flavoured with lemon.  Traditionally served with afternoon tea and often with a glass of Madeira, hence the name.  Today, Madeira cake is often used as a base for many other recipes requiring a sponge base such as a trifle, tiramisu or this wonderful zuccotto, but you mustn’t overlook it in it’s ‘natural’ state – a plain, rich sponge cake served with afternoon tea

Madeira cake improves with keeping – think about making it 2 days in advance and storing in a sealed container.  As an alternative to lemon, increase the amount of vanilla

Makes a 1lb Loaf


  • 175g Golden Castor Sugar
  • 175g Butter
  • zest of 1 wax free Lemon
  • A few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 3+ tbsp Milk


  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light & well mixed
  • Add the lemon zest and vanilla extract and break in the eggs.  Beat into the creamed mixture.  If the mixture starts to curdle, beat in a little of the flour
  • Beat in 2 tbsp milk and sieve in the remaining flour.  Fold together
  • The mixture should have a dropping consistency.  If too stiff, beat in more milk until it falls easily from the mixing spoon
  • Line a 1lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper and pour the mixture in
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven, 170oC (fan) for around 30 minutes, by which time the cake should have risen well and made a deep golden brown crust
  • Check that the cake is cooked – it should be springy and a knife pushed in to the centre should come out clean.  If not, return for another 5 minutes and repeat.  Do NOT over-cook, or the cake will be too dry
  • Remove the cooked cake from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes before transferring from the loaf to to a cooling rack

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shabana says:

    Thank you for this recipe, it worked a treat! 🙂

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