Madeira Cake

A Madeira cake is the sort of sponge lemon flavored cake that is firm with a slightly dense texture . It might seem dry but instead turns out to be exceptionally moreish.

There is a misconception regarding the name of this cake . People think it must be made with Madeira which is a sweet wine. Instead, it was intended to be served with Madeira .

Madeira Cake has been in my drafts ever since we did A – Z Baking Around the World where I baked 26 eggless cakes from different countries . We had a country clause and I realized that later . So , this went into drafts . Somehow every Mega Marathon I do I always land up with some drafts , due to some or the other reason . Anyway these drafts are our life savers !

The cake is on the dense side but truly a delicious treat and best served with some tea or coffee , well , definitely with wine too if you would like some . It has a very pleasing citrusy flavor from the lemon juice and zest . Some people add orange zest , in fact if you wish you could add both .

The traditional Madeira Cake doesn’t have cocoa , but I love a little hint of chocolate in my cakes so just drizzled some over the cake .I have not been working with a theme in my mind, but this week has been a week of Tea Cake Bakes.

Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake

Ingredients

11/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
11/2 tablespoons commercial egg replacer
4 1/2 tablespoons water
1 tsp lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
Few glazed cherries and preserved fruit bits ( optional )
Cocoa powder ( optional )

Method

Preheat the oven at 180 deg C.
Sieve flour ,baking powder and salt .
Cream butter and sugar till creamy .
Whisk the commercial egg replacer and water .
Gradually incorporate the egg replacer mix in the sugar butter mix .
Add the flour mix , spoon by spoon to the mix along with lemon juice and lemon zest till a smooth creamy batter is formed .
Add in chopped glazed cherries and fruit bits
Transfer the mix into a greased lined cake tin .
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes at 180 deg C , or until a skewer comes out clean .
Once the cake cools down dust cocoa powder or icing sugar or enjoy as it is .

Madeira Cake

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Madeira Cake
A Madeira cake is the sort of sponge lemon flavored cake that is firm with a slightly dense texture . It might seem dry but instead turns out to be exceptionally moreish.
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C.
  2. Sieve flour ,baking powder and salt .
  3. Cream butter and sugar till creamy .
  4. Whisk the commercial egg replacer and water .
  5. Gradually incorporate the egg replacer mix in the sugar butter mix .
  6. Add the flour mix , spoon by spoon to the mix along with lemon juice and lemon zest till a smooth creamy batter is formed .
  7. Add in chopped glazed cherries .
  8. Transfer the mix into a greased lined cake tin .
  9. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes at 180 deg C , or until a skewer comes out clean .
  10. Once the cake cools down dust cocoa powder or icing sugar or enjoy as it is .
Recipe Notes

Madeira Cake

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14 thoughts on “Madeira Cake”

  1. Buttery rick flavour cake there Vaishali , even with drafts and joining at the last minute , you are coming up with amazing tea cakes , which are my personal favourite almongat all sweet bakes !

  2. Wow another recipe from your magic folder and looks so so delicious and yum. I heard the name of this cake for the first time and was intrigued as to what it is. Now I know. Thank You.

  3. I’ve heard about Madeira cake but never made it or eaten it myself. It looks like a lovely tea cake – dense and flavorful. You have some amazing posts in your drafts – keep them coming πŸ™‚

  4. The cake looks fabulous Vaishali.Got a nice crumb and texture,addition of those cherries and fruit preserve make it so gorgeous.

  5. wow vaishali that cake looks fab! Love the wonderful texture of the cake!!! beautifully presented too. If pj has just a magic folder, you must be having a magic folder to the power 2. Lovely share vaishali!!!!

  6. Even I have always wondered why it is called Madeira cake… now got to know it! πŸ™‚ I love that light lemon tinge to the cake, yours looks lovely! I know how good it feels to have drafts to support you when you are not in a mood to do anything… I am party to it all the time. πŸ™‚

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