Easy Madeira Loaf Cake Recipes (Homemade)

Easy Madeira Loaf Cake Recipe – Madeira cake is a classic British cake. I grew up with my Granny and my Mum baking this fairly regularly, so it brings back lots of childhood memories for me. You will need to buy some citrus peel for this cake. I could not find this in any supermarkets, but I did find it in a whole food store. It isn’t like the chopped peel you would put in a fruit cake, its large strips of peel.

Serves: 8-10 slices

Preparation: 20 minutes

Baking: 1hr 15 minutes

Skill: Easy

Tin required: 1 x 2lb loaf tin

Ingredients :

175g/6oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

175g/6oz caster sugar

finely grated rind of 1 lemon

3 medium eggs

140g/5oz self-raising flour

115g/4oz plain flour

2 tbsp full fat milk

1 tbsp lemon juice (this works out as 1 lemon, just use the same lemon as the one you have taken the rind from)

4 slices citrus peel

Madeira Loaf Ingredients

Method :

Preheat your oven to 160c (140c fan)/325f/gas mark 3. Grease using your extra butter and line a 2lb loaf tin.

Madeira Loaf Step 1

Place the softened butter and caster sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until pale and fluffy.

Madeira Loaf Step 2

Finely grate the rind of your lemon, add to your mixing bowl and combine with your butter/sugar mixture.

Madeira Loaf Step 3


Add your eggs one at a time to your bowl, mixing well between each addition.

Madeira Loaf Step 4

Once all three eggs have been added, use a spatula to scrape all the mixture from around the edge of the mixing bowl, back into the mixture.

Madeira Loaf Step 5

Sift the 2 different flours into your mixture and gently mix until well combined. The mixture will be very thick.

Madeira Loaf Step 6

Finally add your milk and mix well. And then add your lemon juice (take the juice from the lemon you grated earlier) and mix until well combined.

Madeira Loaf Step 7

Pour your mixture into your prepared loaf tin and level with the spatula.

Madeira Loaf Step 8

Place 4 slices of your citrus peel on top of the cake mixture.

Madeira Loaf Step 9

Place in the oven for between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes. Check the loaf after 1 hour, by inserting a knife or cake tester into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, its ready. Don’t worry if your citrus peel has sunk into the cake. Once the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Madeira Loaf Step 10

After 15 minutes, gently remove the cake from the tin and allow to fully cool. And thats it. This is perfect to have with a cup of tea on a cold day! Enjoy!

Madeira Loaf Cakes

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