Afternoon Tea Ladies and Gents?

Hey fellow bakers (and welcomed readers!)

So this week I’ve opted for one of those classic quintessentially British desserts that I absolutely love, especially with a cuppa! The signifying crack down the middle, the perfect blend of lemon and vanilla and ohh the smell when it’s in the oven, it just puts a smile on my face. The Madeira cake is just one of those desserts that is not too sweet but not too bland at the same time, making it perfect for an afternoon treat, along with a good book of course! For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend, you will NOT look back!

Here is the recipe:

Madeira loaf cake

Makes approximately 8 slices


  • 175g butter, softened plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour


  1. Heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Butter and line the base of a 900g loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  2. Next, add the lemon zest and vanilla.
  3. Now beat in the flour until you have a thick batter. The batter should be loose enough that it falls off a wooden spoon, if it’s too thick mix in a splash of milk.
  4. Tip the batter into the tin and smooth over the top. Bake for 55 mins – 1 hr until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven then leave to cool for 15 mins then remove from the tin, peel away the paper and leave on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. The loaf will keep in an airtight container for three days.


Here are a few pics of my lovelies!


Enjoy and stay tuned!

Deborah x


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