Easy Madeira sponge cake

    1 hour 15 min

    The is a great sponge cake for celebration cakes such as birthday cake. It's close textured but still moist and light. It also holds up well to being sliced into layers and also butterceams and fondant icing.

    Berkshire, England, UK
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    Makes: 1 (20cm) cake

    • 250g unsalted butter, softened
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 5 medium eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 80g plain flour
    • 3 tablespooons whole milk
    • 260g self-raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2-3. Grease a deep 20cm (8 in) square or round tin.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time on a slow mixing speed. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Tip mixture into prepared tin.
    3. Bake for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on your oven.
    4. Once golden brown and fully baked let the cake cool in its tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. Once cool, decorate with your chosen buttercream or sugar paste icing.


    This is essentially a Madeira cake mix which stands up well to slicing and sugar paste icing. However, if you chose to use sugar paste, spread a thin layer of buttercream over the cake before using the sugar paste.

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