Lemon Madeira cake recipe

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serves: 6 - 8
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 1 hr 05 min
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  • This lemon Madeira cake recipe is so simple to make and you can whip it up with just a few ingredients. Serve our delicious lemon Madeira cake with a cuppa for the ultimate afternoon 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.

    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)

    Method

    • 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.

    • 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 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Top tip for making Lemon Madeira cake

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

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