Delicious homemade madeira cake

Hooray the Great British Bake Off is bake and with that comes the Great Blogger Bake Off hosted by the lovely Jenny at Mummy Mishaps.

So over the coming weeks expect to experience some baking disasters with me as it will happen I’m sure! I am going to try and keep up to date with the blogger bake off over the coming weeks and hoping to get to the final week.

This week on the show was cake week which means, we had the choice between the following:

  • Madeira cake
  • re-inventing the classic 1970s Black Forest gateaux
  • frosted walnut cake

Now luckily for me in week 1 there is a cake in there that I bake on a regular basis and one of Daddy Vs Work’s favourites and even more luck for me was the fact I made this last week but hadn’t got round to blogging it so perfect timing!

On Great British Bake Off lots of chefs went for great new flavour combinations in their bakes however I like mine the original way with a little lemon flavour coming through.

Madeira Cake

This cake is perfect to have with a cup of tea and the latest episode of GBBO! Don’t forget to check out our other sweet recipes here on the blog.

Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake


  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs


  • Grease a loaf tin and preheat the oven to 170 c or gas mark 3
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a seperate bowl
  • Cream the butter adding the sugar a little at a time until light and fluffy
  • Stir in the lemon rind and vanilla
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each one is added
  • Add the flour mixture and stir until combined
  • Pour into the tin and tap to ensure the mixture is evenly spread
  • Bake at the centre of the over for about 1 hour 45 minutes or until a metal skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack for 15 minutes then turn out to cool completely

Simple but tasty Madeira cake

Mummy Mishaps

  • Carrie L

    Looks gorgeous and you’ve got the crack too!! I don’t think you can go wrong with the classic lemon flavour, I love it! #GBBOBloggers2015

    • MummyVsWork

      Thanks Carrie πŸ™‚

  • I love madeira cake too, could just eat a piece with my cup of tea x

    • MummyVsWork

      None left of this one but I feel the need to make another!

  • Louise Fairweather

    I have never made a Madeira cake – after last night I feel the need to have a go. Looks lovely x

    • MummyVsWork

      It is really simple and so tasty!

  • Jennypaulin

    this looks so lovely Paula – a perfect crack across the top, and i bet it was moist too. thank you for linking up x

    • MummyVsWork

      It was so yummy just not so great for the waistline!

  • This looks absolutely delicious, especially with the crack (I will forever more be obsessed with cracks on Madeira cakes!).

    • Mummy Vs Work

      Lol they started this year off well with cracks πŸ˜€

  • rebecca beesley

    that really does look like a perfect classic – brilliant stuff! xxx

    • Mummy Vs Work

      Thanks Rebecca πŸ™‚ it’s a favourite of ours so got lucky this week with the bake!

  • Eat.Love.Live

    That madeira cake looks yummy! I love watching Brittish Bake off. What a fabulous idea to replicate their bakes week by week #recipeoftheweek Kat x

    • Mummy Vs Work

      It is great fun, though i tend to fail quiet often! You should join in πŸ™‚

  • I love madeira cake, a true classic that can be tweaked or kept traditional

  • CurlysCooking

    This looks fantastic and you have the crack they were talking about!

  • CurlysCooking

    This looks great and you have the crack they were talking about!

  • I only seem to bake Madeira cakes for special occasions when the cake needs to be covered. I really need to show it off as a cake on its own!

  • Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe

    I have to admit I love a good old traditional Madeira cake, this one looks lovely x #GBBOBloggers2015

  • Kim Styles

    I grew up with my mums madeira cake- always made for Sunday Tea!! along with fruit scones and paste sandwiches!!!!