Madeira cake

Madeira cake was named after the beverage with which it was traditionally enjoyed back in the 18th century and are loathe to mess with tradition. So, bottoms up!
Madeira cake



1.Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease and line recess of eight mini loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together, until light and fluffy. Beat in zest.
3.Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add a little flour if mixture begins to curdle.
4.Lightly fold in flour and lemon juice. Spoon evenly into recesses of each pan. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar (about 1 tablespoon).
5.Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely

MAKES 8 MINI LOAVES This cake can be cooked in a 10 x 20cm loaf pan – allow cooking time of 30-35 minutes. As a variation, sprinkle with slivered almonds before baking, or add a little chopped mixed peel to the mix (about 1/4 cup).


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