Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake is a simple, sweet loaf cake from Britain. It's just begging to be topped with fresh fruit or jam and plenty of sweetened whipped cream.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon extra for sprinkling
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C) and spray or butter a 9x5 inch loaf pan, then line with parchment paper or a loaf pan liner. 
  2. Sift together the two flours into a small bowl or onto some parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Beat it until it's light in color and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and beat to combine.
  4. Add in the eggs plus a spoonful of your flour mixture one at a time, beating to combine each egg before adding in another.
  5. Turn your mixer as low as it will go, and slowly mix in the remaining flour. Finally, add in the lemon juice and beat on low until just combined.
  6. Scoop your thick batter into your waiting pan and smooth it out a bit. Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over the top of your cake batter.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes. The cake will be brown on the outside with a definite crust. Check it with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.
  8. Run a knife down the sides and use any overhang from your parchment paper to help you remove the cake to a wire rack to cool. Serve with jam and cream if you like.


Keywords: Cake, Loaf Cake

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