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Lemon Madeira cake

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Lemon Maderia Cake
  • Serves: 6-8

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    (may need extra 10 mins) plus cooling time
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

 

A freshly baked Madeira cake is the perfect afternoon mood-lifter. This cake recipes is so simple with just a few ingredients. Serve with a cuppa - and relax.

Ingredients

  • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 thin slices citron peel (optional)

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Top tip: If your Madeira turns stale, you can eat it smothered in hot custard or lightly toasted and served with mature Stilton.

Method

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour with each egg. Fold in the lemon zest and juice, and the remaining flour.
  2. Pour the mixture into a 18cm (7in) round cake tin, lined with baking parchment, and level the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 mins at 180C (350F, gas mark 4).
  3. Remove from the oven and place the citron peel slices on the top of the cake, if using. Bake for a further 40-50 mins, or until it's just firm to the touch in the centre and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the middle.
  4. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins. Transfer from the tin to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Marilyn

For coeliacs just use gluten free flour from supermarkets to get a lovely gluten free lemon cake. Marilyn

Sonu

How can I make 10" and 12" round with this recipe?

Anonymous

Would it be possible to add a little bit of ginger to this, or would that not work?

upsydaisy

can you use this recipe for a wedding cake also could you put a butter cream filling in the middle?

yaazzz

how long will this sponge keep for ?

Alina

I kept mine in the oven for 45 mins since the cirtus peels started to burn, but it looked good anyway. The cake turned out to be lovely... I am 13 years old and I love to bake, this website has a lot of good recipies :)

amyloufitz

lovely,tastes great hot with hot custard!!!!

Hilary

Disappeared very quickly! Very tasty indeed!

Kerry

I made this cake for my Mum and it was gorgeous! My Mum and my 2 children could not get enough of it! Lovely!

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