Madeira Cake Recipe

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20 min


50 min


  • 185g (6½oz) unsalted butter
  • 185g (6½oz) caster sugar
  • 1 orange, finely zested
  • 1 lemon, finely zested
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 185g (6½oz) self raising flour
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas 3. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.

  • Using an electric whisk beat the butter, sugar and zests together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl then gently fold into the cake mixture with a large metal spoon. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and when inserted a skewer comes out clean.  

  • Leave the cake to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing to serve.

Top Tip

The flavours in Madeira cake improve over time so once cool wrap tightly with foil to store

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