Traditional Madeira cake

    1 hour

    Madeira cake is ideal when you want something simple and classic. It is also excellent when used in summer trifles or other recipes calling for a sponge cake element.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 175g butter, at room temperature
    • 110g golden caster sugar
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 225g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons milk

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3 and grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy then beat in the eggs, one at a time until the mixture is smooth. Sift in the flour and baking powder then mix in the lemon zest, almond extract, nutmeg and milk. Spoon into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in its tin. Once cooled, remove from the tin and place on a serving plate. Slice and serve.

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