Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Madeira Cake (II)

What is Madeira Cake ?
According to wikipedia, extracted few paragraphs:
“Madeira cake is a sponge cake in traditional English cookery.
It is sometimes mistakenly thought to originate from the Madeira Islands; however, that is not the case as it was instead named after Madeira wine, a Portuguese wine from the islands, which was popular in England at the time and was often served with the cake.”

How does a Madeira cake taste like ?
 “A pound cake with tender crumbs, golden and comes with a crispy top which gives the cake a bit of 'character'.” Lena Frozen Wings

“The crumbs are soft and lemony with the light fragrance of the rum which I've added.” Joyce Kitchen Flavours

“My first bite is like yum... because of its sugary crusty topping. It follows by a robust buttery taste but with a hint of lightness from the lemon.” Zoe Bake for Happy Kids

Above were some comments by some blogger pals when we had a “Bake-Along #79” event about two years ago on theme Madeira Cake (Nigella Lawson). I too joined the fun “Bake-Along” and baked mini cakes here instead of a loaf or whole cake.  I missed those bake-along events ....
My big kids loved those crispy sugary crusty top mini butter cakes. 

A cake that's easy to bake with a unique crispy sugary crust.  Decided to bake one 6-inch size cake for the family. 

Recipe adapted from : nigella.com
Below my slight adjustment made for a 6-inch pan size.

Madeira Cake
Ingredients :
120 grams unsalted butter (softened)
80 grams caster sugar
3 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 eggs (the size of my egg is 55 grams each with shell)
150 grams self-raising flour, sifted (I used all self-raising flour instead of a combination of plain and self-raising flour)
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional)
2 teaspoons caster sugar for sprinkling the top

Method :
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC. Position the rack in the middle. The temperature of the oven may vary, do adjust the temperature and timing to suit your oven.

2) Lightly grease the sides of the 6-inch pan with removable base with butter.  Line the base of the pan with lightly greased parchment paper. Set aside.

3) In a mixing bowl, cream butter, lemon zest and caster sugar with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Scrapping down the sides occasionally.

4) Add the eggs, one at a time with a tablespoon of the flour for each. Beat on low speed until incorporated.  Then gently mix in the rest of the flour and, finally, the lemon juice and Grand Marnier.  

5) The batter is very thick. Scoop batter into the prepared pan, spread and level the top with a spatula.  Sprinkle with the caster sugar and bake in preheated oven at 170ºC for about 40 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown. Check for doneness with a skewer inserted into the center of the cake if it comes out clean.

ha ha ! I'm amazed ... even the crack seemed to have "character"!
6) Let cool on a wire rack completely before serving. 

a ray of sunlight reflected on the cake :)
Glad that this light butter cake turned out well ... browned crispy sugary crust, lemony taste with tender crumbs.  

Enjoy with a cuppa of tea ... Happy baking ! 


  1. Good morning Karen,
    This madeira cake looks very tempting to me. I like the crusty topping with tender crumbs. I like the robust buttery taste come along with a hint of lemony fragrant.....who can resist?
    I also missed those bake-along time....

    1. Hi Aunty Young,
      Wish you could join me for tea. Yea I really missed those fun bake-along events.

  2. Hi Karen,
    Your cake looks lovely! I love simple cakes like this and have not baked this ever since the time I baked for Bake-Along! So nice of you to remember Bake-Along! I really missed it too!
    If you've tried any recipes from any cookbooks, either baking or cooking, I would be delighted if you could join us at Cookbook Countdown, an event I've started with Emily! Here's the link :
    Hope you have a great delicious week!

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Thanks. It's really a unique and yummy cake. Oh I missed those fun Bake-Along events with you ladies. Surely will link and join Cookbook Countdown. You too have a great yummilicious week!

  3. Hi Karen! I've tried this cake once and it is lovely. Good that you adjusted for a 6" pan. Now I can follow without headache of doing the maths LOL!

    1. Hee ... Hee... Phong Hong, glad I could help with the maths LOL...
      Think I will bake again for family gathering ... really a unique and yummy cake to enjoy :)

  4. what a delicious looking cake Karen, perfect way to start the day;)

  5. Ohhhh.. this looks amazing, Karen! I love the top - it is my favourite part of the cake,and the sides too. ;) The way you have described this cake makes me salivate.

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Ha ha! Sorry to make you drool >○<!

  6. I love cake with lemony taste. I know I will love this.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      This is easy recipe and wish you could try to bake one to enjoy.

  7. Karen, your madeira cake looks very tender and soft. I should bake one too because I haven't had one in ages.

    1. Thanks Angie.
      Yes go !.. bake .. One! Hee.. hee!


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