Madeira Cake

With Lime and Buttermilk

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comMadeira, is the first cake I ever baked, many years ago, when I started baking. I used to bake it at least once a week. It’s traditionally flavoured with lemon but I’ve always preferred  lime. The basic ingredients are egg, butter, sugar, flour and milk. There are also quite a few recipes that call for ground almonds.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comTwo days ago I woke up longing for Madeira cake so I made one and decided to post it. I have always added milk to the batter but this time, I used buttermilk. It tasted awesome. We polished it off in one sitting. Don’t ask me how many slices I ate, I probably ate 1/3 of the cake. It was good while it lasted. I hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine is good. Nothing to fret about. I wish you the best of times!

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.com

  • Ingredients
  • 250g (9oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 175g (6oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 175g (6oz) fine sugar
  • 2 small lime, zest (rind) or 1 lemon, zest (rind)
  • 3 eggs
  • 30-45ml (2-3 tablespoons) milk (I used buttermilk)

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.com_7530Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C, Gas 4) ten minutes before baking. Grease and line the base of a 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin (pan) with greased parchment (greaseproof paper). Sift the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comBeat the butter, sugar and lime zest in a bowl until light and fluffy.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comBeat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comThe batter after beating in all the eggs

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comGently fold in the sifted flour in two batches.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comAdd 2-3 tablespoons milk (buttermilk) to give a batter that falls slowly from the spoon.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comThe final batter looks like this

Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and level the top.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comBake on the middle shelf for 30-45 minutes, or until golden-brown  and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer on to a wire rack to cool. I baked the cake for 45 minutes.

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comServe

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comThe cake is light and soft

Madeira Cake myfavouritepastime.comWe really enjoyed eating everything in one sitting!!!

Madeira Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Baking time: 30-45 minutes; Makes: 8-10 slices

Ingredients

  • 250g (9oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 175g (6oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 175g (6oz) fine sugar
  • 2 small  lime, zest (rind) or 1 lemon, zest (rind)
  • 3 eggs
  • 30-45ml (2-3 tablespoons) milk (I used buttermilk)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C, Gas 4) ten minutes before baking. Grease and line the base of a 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin (pan) with greased parchment (greaseproof paper). Sift the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Beat the butter, sugar and lime zest in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add a tablespoon of the flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture curdling.
  • Gently fold in the sifted flour in two batches. Add 2-3 tablespoons milk (buttermilk) to give a batter that falls slowly from the spoon.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake on the middle shelf for 30-45 minutes, or until golden-brown o and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven, set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer on to a wire rack to cool. I baked the cake for 45 minutes.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

27 thoughts

        1. It would be nice if you could actually weigh the flour and butter. That’s the only foolproof method for baking cakes. Also you need to use at least a hand mixer and really beat the eggs and butter until they are very light and fluffy. Also when folding in the flour you need to do it gently so that you don’t lose the air you incorporated during beating. Try it again and you’ll see. It will work just fine. have a lovely day!
          luz

  1. I’ll bet it’s also very fragrant? I love lime in baking too, I find it much more flavorful. I might just borrow this recipe and give it a try. Thanks for posting it. There is just something about cake like this on a rainy day! Perhaps we see it as a comfort food? I associate it with my gramma who was a wonderful cook and had a very sweet tooth! Her house always smelled of cake or cookies or some other aromatic food cooking! I am a failure in this respect, I don’t very often bake anymore! I will for Christmas but I’ll have to give it all away as I’ll be gone on my trip! Enjoy the rest of your week Liz!

    1. Oh Sandy, it has a lovely aroma, and taste. Lime has the best zest and aroma too. Please borrow any recipe you want at any time. I know I bake because I have kids so it means they can eat what I make. Once they go away who will I be baking for??? I hope to bake some giveaway fruitcakes for christmas, too. Enjoy the week, Sandy. Ours is sunny and warm and happy. LOL!!!
      Liz

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