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.
11/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
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 )
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 .