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Madeira Cake Recipe

This is the best kind of strong sponge cake to use for lasting ability and strength when stacking cakes.


Ingredients for an 8” round cake

350g butter – salted or unsalted depending on your likes

350g of caster sugar

350g self raising flour

90g plain flour

450g eggs (about 8 large)


  1.  Preheat the oven to 150 degrees

  2. Either line your tin with parchment paper or spray with cake release agent

  3. Mix together the butter and sugar ( you will really need a food mixer for this)

  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl

  5. Add the eggs alternately with the flours to the sugar and butter mix on a slow speed

  6. Pour the mix into you cake tin and place on the middle shelf of the oven.

  7. Bake for about 1 to 1.5 hours, check after an hour with a skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean, then the cake is baked.

  8. Leave in tin for 10 minutes to cool then turn onto a cooling rack.

If you need the cake to keep a little longer, add a teaspoon of glycerine to the cake mix

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