Madeira Cake

Tutorial
Tutorial

I have been using this recipe for years as it produces a wonderful and extremely versatile cake. It is  strong enough to be carved into different shapes for novelty cakes but light and sweet enough to be used for a wedding cakes, cupcakes or simply something nice for tea.

However the best bit of all about this recipe is its simplicity. This is an all in one recipe in which you throw all the ingredients into the mixing bowl at the same time, mix together and that’s it.

If you do not possess a mixer, you may find it easier to use the alternative method given below.

Ingredients

Square pan 15 cm
6 inch
18 cm
7 inch
20 cm
8 inch
23 cm
9 inch
25 cm
10inch
28 cm
11inch
30 cm
12inch
Round pan 15 cm
6 inch
18 cm
7 inch
20 cm
8 inch
23 cm
9 inch
25 cm
10inch
28 cm
11inch
30 cm
12inch
Butter 120 g
4 oz
175 g
6 oz
300 g
10 oz
400 g
14 oz
450 g
1lb
500 g
1lb 2oz
550 g
1lb 4oz
700 g
1lb 8oz
Caster sugar 120 g
4 oz
175 g
6 oz
300 g
10 oz
400 g
14 oz
450 g
1lb
500 g
1lb 2oz
550 g
1lb 4oz
700 g
1lb 8oz
Self raising flour 175 g
6 oz
 250 g
8 oz
350 g
12 oz
 450 g
1lb
500 g
1lb 2oz
550 g
1lb 4oz
625 g
1lb 6oz
750 g
1lb 10oz
Eggs –  (medium)  2 3  5  7  8 9  10  12
Milk 15 ml
1 tbsp
15 ml
1 tbsp
30 ml
2 tbsp
45 ml
3 tbsp
60 ml
4 tbsp
75 ml
5 tbsp
75 ml
5 tbsp
90 ml
6 tbsp
  Baking time (approx)  1 hr 1 hr – 1 1/2 hrs 1 1/2 hrs – 2 hrs 1 1/2 hrs – 2 1/4 hrs 2 hrs 2 hrs 2-2 1/2hrs 2-2 1/2hrs

Method

 

 

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

Grease and line your cake pan (see below) and preheat your oven to 150º C / 300º F / Gas Mark 2

 

Step 2

If you are using a mixer, sift your flour into the bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix on the slowest speed to gently bind the ingredients together. Then switch to the mixer’s highest speed and beat all the ingredients for a minute until the mixture is pale, smooth and creamy.

Step 3

Spoon the mixture into your prepared tin and smooth the top. Place the cake in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for the required time. Not all ovens bake the same so the baking times are approximate. Your cake will be ready when it is starting to pull away from the sides and you can’t hear bubbling noises. To check for sure, insert a knife or metal skewer. If it comes out clean then the cake is done. If there’s mixture on the skewer, cook for another ten minutes or so.

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