Madeira Cake Recipe

1 hour 35 minutes


  • 150g of butter, softened
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 115g of self-raising flour
  • 115g of plain flour
  • milk, a little to mix
  • candied peel, 3 thin slivers


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 and grease and line an 18cm (7 inch) round, loose-bottomed cake tin with butter and baking paper
Cream the butter and sugar together with the vanilla extract until light and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs and a spoonful of flour, beating well between each addition
Add the remaining flour and a little milk to make a soft dropping consistency
Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 1 ¼ hours, placing the peel on top of the cake after the first 30 minutes of baking
Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve in slices with a glass of Madeira