Baking, Something sweet

Madeira cake


It’s a classic teatime cake. I used Dan Lepard’s method mixing in half the flour before the eggs. He flavours his with Madeira wine, I used vanilla and lemon zest as I didn’t have any Madeira.

So what do you need?

  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g  sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp. plain yoghurt
  • 200g plain flour, sifted
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. flaked almonds

So what do you do?

Star by preheating your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 F and lining a loaf tim with baking parchment. Then cream together the butter and sugar until soft. Add the vanilla essence, lemon zest and yoghurt and mix together well. Next add half the flour and mix for a couple of minutes before adding the eggs on at a time. Finally add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and mix in. Four the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top. Cook for an hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes then lift out and allow to cool on a wire rack. Eat with tea, or a glass of Madeira, and jam, if you like.

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