Lemon Madeira cake

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  • Serves: 6-8

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

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This lemon Madeira cake recipe is so simple with just a few ingredients. Serve with a cuppa - and relax. Madeira cake is the perfect afternoon mood-lifter. This classic Madeira cake will take around 1hr and 15 mins to prepare and bake. It's a real family favourite that you'll want to make time and time again. This recipe serves 6-8 people. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin and are best eaten within 3 days of baking. This cake is just perfect served with a cuppa as an afternoon treat or if you want to serve with for dessert we'd recommend serving it warm with ice cream or with homemade custard.


  • 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)

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


  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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Jacqueline curry

How can I make a 10"and12"cake with this recipe


Thanks for the lift


was lovely cake turned out fab and kids loved it, dont last long tho lol but cheap and easy to make lol , only needs 50 min in a gas oven nmber 4, turn every 20 min so dont burn x


50min was plently time, open oven at every 20min to turn so not to burn!


just made this , very easy and lovely and thick! in oven now been in for 30min, looking like it only needs 45-55min in my oven once i prick it to check! :) looks yummy! will def make again!

Saphryn Townsend

I'm baking this right now....will let you know how it turns out. Seemed like a lot of butter and sugar but made it really airy. Added a splash or two of milk cause the mixture was SOOO thick, but smelled lovely. Will update you after it's been scoffed tonight


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


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


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


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


how long will this sponge keep for ?


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 :)


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


Disappeared very quickly! Very tasty indeed!


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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