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Madeira Cake Recipe    Veg   CD  CBF  120mins


Makes one 15cm/6 inch cake    Cold   Vegetarian   Cakes  Baked Fayre   



200g/7oz Plain Flour

1 level teasp Baking Powder

The grated Rind of 1 Lemon

150g/5oz Butter

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

3 Eggs, beaten

Citron peel, optional




1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4. Grease a 15cm/6 inch cake tin and line with greaseproof paper, then grease the paper. Sift the flour and baking powder on to a plate.


2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the fat and sugar with a wooden spoon until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the grated lemon rind and mix well.


3. Add the egg a little at a time, beating well between each addition.


4. Fold in half the flour, using a metal spoon, until well mixed in, then fold in the remaining flour. Turn the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top. Place near the bottom of the oven, cover the top of the cake with a piece of greaseproof paper and bake for about 1-1/2 hours, or until well risen and golden.


Traditionally, this cake is decorated with 2 strips of candied citron peel, which are stuck into the top of the cake after it has been cooking for about 30 minutes.



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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Mixing Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack


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