Madeira Cake

Mary Berry’s Madeira Cake was this week’s Weekly Bake Off challenge. Mary describes it as a’rich, densely textured sponge cake’ in her 100 Cakes and Bakes. It was straightforward to make using Mary’s favoured ‘all in one’ method and contained ground almonds and lemon zest. The recipe produced a lovely, light cake but I had some difficulty with Mary’s suggested topping. The recipe asks you to place a slice of citron peel on top of the cake after 30 minutes cooking. What is a slice of coitron peel? In the accompanying picture it looks like chopped peel sprinkled on top. I tried to compromise by slicing a piece of the lemon peel used for zest in the cake, then chopping this up and sprinkling over the cake. It burnt and looked awful so I took most of it off and then sprinkled some lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar over the top of the finished cake! This had the effect of enhancing the taste of the cake – making it more lemony but I have to say the cake was fairly plain and boring and I would have preferred a proper lemon drizzle cake. It has kept well throughout the week although that in itself shows it’s not one my most popular bakes🙂


6 thoughts on “Madeira Cake

  1. As you say Madeira may be quite boring but yours still looks really tasty!!! I wasn’t sure about making this one…but actually it would probably be a good base for other flavours…or in a triffle or baked alaska!!!🙂


    • Yes, I have to admit Madeira is a great simple base to add some flavours – love the sound of lavender and coconut!🙂


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