Madeira Cake

earth_moon, Jun 25, 7:21pm
Hello all.
Would any of you wonderful home bakers have a tried & true recipe for Madeira Cake that you would be willing to share please?
Many thanks in advance.

davidt4, Jun 25, 11:32pm
Here is Alexa Johnston's recipe from her wonderful book Ladies a Plate. She notes that it is best made at least a day before you want to serve it.

200g butter
200g caster sugar
zest of 1 orange or 1 lemon
3 eggs
225g standard flour
1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tab milk

topping: 2 tsp caster sugar, 2 strips of candied orange or lemon peel

Soften butter at room temperature and take eggs out of the fridge. Heat oven to 180 C. Line a 15 cm round cake tin with baking paper, making sure that the paper extends a little above the top of the tin.

Cream butter and sugar and finely grated zest until smooth, pale and very fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until the mixture is smooth and emulsified.
Sift flour and baking powder and fold in with the milk, being careful and gentle, and stop as soon as everything is combined. Scoop into the tin, level the top, sprinkle with caster sugar.
Put tin on a rack in the oven below the centre of the oven, set timer to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes open the oven door and carefully place the peel in the centre of the cake. Close door gently, bake for a further 30 - 35 minutes until the cake tests clean with a fine skewer. Cool on a rack for ten minutes before turning out. Store airtight.

earth_moon, Aug 17, 9:57am
Oh. Thank you for that David. I will have to give this a go.
Cheers! I will let you know how it goes.

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