Thursday, 23 August 2012

Plain Madeira Cake

Any cake decorator or wedding cake maker will most probably view this is a classic staple cake, a must know in the world of baking. Reason being would boil down to it's tough and solid nature as a cake, almost like a fruit cake! It is very much a pliable cake, and especially one that tastes good. Adapted from LindysCakes - I added some coconut to a smaller version I made and unfortunately the sides crumbled away so avoid adding anything but lemon to this beauty! After all, why would you want to tamper with something as perfectly risen and well structured as this?!
The Recipe: note: doubled quantities are in italics
175/350g unsalted butter
175/350g caster sugar
175/350g self raising flour
88/350g plain flour
3/6 large eggs
The Method:
  • Preheat a fan oven to 140 degrees and line the inside and out of an 8 inch tin. Use newspaper to line the outside of the tin, preferably 5 sheets of the stuff.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a freestanding mixer for 10 minutes, until the mixture is white.
  • In a separate bowl, add the flours together and fluff up with a large spoon.
  • Add one egg, followed by a spoonful of flour to the butter mixture and continue until you run out of eggs. 
  • Fold in the remaining flour with a spatula. 
  • Plop the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 1 and a half hours. 
  • Leave the cake in the tin for 12 hours so that it can properly firm up. 
  • Enjoy!


  1. I love Madeira cake, I will be using this recipe very soon. Thank you.

  2. Thats okay Asma, it was a gorgeous cake!

  3. Love Madeira cake last time I made one I used it to make a Halloween cake that looked like a pumpkin.

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  4. Everyone should have a go-to recipe for Madeira cake...mine never lets me down :) this looks great!

  5. The texture! Looks delicious :)

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  6. @gardentea thank you so much for the award! will be returning the favour very soon :) thats really cool that you made it look like a pumpkin, considering the density of the cake i can see how its possible!

    @paula thank you! whats your go to recipe if you dont mind me asking? would be great to compare.

    @lela thank you! the texture was quite distinctive. lovely blog btw :)

  7. A lovely cake! So delicious looking.




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