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Lemon Madeira Cake

Lemon Madeira Cake – A delicious classic British dessert made with just six simple ingredients in one bowl. This easy cake tastes wonderful!

Lemon Madeira Cake

Lemon Madeira Cake

Anyone else a huge Great British Baking Show fan?! After discovering it a few years ago when it first came to Netflix, I have been a dedicated fan since that has watched every season, made many of the recipes, and even bought Mary Berry cookbooks.  To celebrate the joys of the show, I am sharing a recipe that I first discovered on the show – a madeira cake.

Madeira Cake

So for those not terribly versed in the ins and outs of British baking, a madeira cake is quite similar to a pound cake and typically has a bit of lemon in it along with being topped with candied peel.  Now my recipe does skip the candied peel but you can just Google it to find a recipe or click HERE.  My favorite part about the recipe is just how easy it is to make! All you need is one bowl, 6 ingredients, and 1 hour.  So simple!

One of my favorite ways to eat it was with a bit of blueberry or raspberry jam and clotted cream.  Go give it a try, it tastes great!

British Madeira Cake

Common Questions About Making Lemon Madeira Cake

What is the difference between a madeira cake and sponge cake?

They are very similar cakes but the difference just comes down to the proportion of ingredients in each recipe.

Why is called a madeira cake?

It is called a madeira cake because it is meant to be served with a glass of madeira wine.

Can I use other citrus flavors in a madeira cake?

Yes! You can substitute in other citrus flavors such as limes, grapefruit, oranges, or even a combination of those.

How long will a madeira cake last?

It will only last 2 weeks at most if you correctly preserve it.

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Lemon Madeira Cake

Lemon Madeira Cake

Lemon Madeira Cake - A delicious classic British dessert made with just six simple ingredients in one bowl. This easy cake tastes wonderful!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Candied citrus peel (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease and flour a 7" round cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all ingredients until combined. Transfer to cake pan and place in oven for about 50-60 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the cake and it comes out clean.
  3. Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to finish cooling. Top with candied peel (optional).

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