Madeira cake

Madeira cake

Delicately flavoured with lemon and almonds, this madeira cake can be made in one bowl, so less washing-up is required
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Lightly butter the base of a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy using an electric whisk or in a stand mixer.
  2. Step 2

    Beat in the egg a little at a time, adding a spoonful of flour if the mixture begins to curdle. Stir in the vanilla, then fold in the remaining flour, ground almonds and lemon zest. Add 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, and stir until smooth – add a little more of the lemon juice if needed.
  3. Step 3

    Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 55 mins-1 hr until risen and golden. If it starts to brown too quickly, cover with foil. Cool for 15 mins in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing to serve.