Classic Madeira Cake

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Classic Madeira Cake
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If you want to stash an easy light cake for after dinner or when guests come around this is the simple cake for you.
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 1
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon or orange peel or juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 1¾ cups self-raising flour
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven
  2. Brush loaf tin with butter or oil then line with parchment paper
  3. Beat the sugar and the butter together until they are light in colour and creamy
  4. Add the eggs gradually beating thoroughly after each addition
  5. Place lemon or orange rind in next mixing well
  6. Using a large metal spoon fold in the almonds and sifted flour. Stirring until mixture is fully combined and has a smooth texture
  7. Spoon into loaf tin and place in the oven for 50mins.
  8. Once cooked leave in tin for 10mins until cooled
  9. Turn out onto a wire rack and dust with icing sugar.

Once you finish making your Madeira cake let it cool and enjoy with a hot cuppa tea.

-Nicky x

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Nicola Don
Nicola Don was born in Aberdeen Scotland and lived most of her years in Ellon Aberdeenshire ,Scotland. She is a stay at home mom of three kids to whom she adores and a passionate mom chef at heart. Nicola has been married for 16 years to a wonderful husband. Her family moved from the UK 8 years ago to Ste Anne MB, Canada where they are now permanent residents. Nicola loves to cook and experiment with flavours while creating recipes. She aims to give her family the best food and variety of tastes from all over the world while using fresh ingredients with-in her grocery budget.


  1. Kevin Lane says:

    Step 3 should read “sugar and the butter”

  2. Nicola, I love your recipe! My Aunt used to bake Madeira cake when she’s still living with us. Now that she’s married and in New Zealand, we just have it from the bake shop. I am gonna use your recipe for me to do it. Thanks!

  3. I love baking cakes and I should try this Madeira cake, this looks very yummy! Thanks for this recipe!

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    This looks good!! I think I might be making it soon!! I still have a couple of lemons in the fridge to use up!!

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