If you are planning to make a fondant cake or a royal-icing covered cake, the Madeira cake is your best bet. And today, I am going to share the exact steps on how to make Madeira cake at home.
The Madeira cake is dense and yet still light in texture. Compared with the Victoria cake, the recipes of Madeira cake has included more flour, making it firmer and is able to stand up to the weight of heavy icing. It is also a great option if your project requires you to shape the sponge before icing it.
The origin of the name of the Madeira cake is sometimes mistakenly believed that it originates from the Madeira Islands, but instead, it is called a Madeira cake because traditionally it was often served with a glass of Madeira wine, which is a Portuguese wine from the islands.
Here I have listed the simple steps of how to make Madeira cake. Enjoy!
How to make Madeira cake – Ingredients
- 170g of unsalted butter (softened)
- 170g of caster sugar
- 3 large free-range eggs (at room temperature)
- 40g of self-raising flour
- 130g of plain flour
- 1 tbs of whole milk
- Few drops of vanilla extract
Reminder: Always use
- Loaf tin – 23 x 13 x 7 cm / 9 x 5 x 3”
- Baking parchment
- Stand mixer/hand mixer
How to make Madeira cake – Instructions
- Preheat the oven to 170°C / 150°C fan / 340°F / Gas 3. Grease the loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
- Place the softened butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and start beating by using a stand mixer or a hand mixer until the mixture is pale and creamy. This will take about five minutes.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time. Make sure that the egg is well-combined before adding another.
- Add your sifted flour into the mixing bowl and continue to beat. To avoid splashes, gently fold in flour before you turn on your mixer on a high speed. Stop beating once all the flours are fully incorporated, as over-beating might remove the air you added earlier.
- Incorporate the milk and vanilla extract into the mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and smooth the top before placing it into the pre-heated oven. Bake for 55 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
Here I have also attached a useful tutorial for you to get a clearer idea of how to make a Madeira cake! Feel free to check this out.
Two ways to give your cake a lift
Ground almonds – You may substitute 50g of flour with the ground almonds to add more texture to your Madeira cake. If you prefer a firmer cake, simply include a 50g of ground almonds in your recipe.
Lemon zest and blueberry – For an enriched taste, you may add lemon zest and 75g of blueberries in the last step.
What do you think?
Now you have your Madeira cake readily baked! I hope you have enjoyed this guide on how to make Madeira cake.
Just to remember, leave your cake to cool for 15 minutes before you slice it. The loaf will keep well in an airtight container for three days.
Like always, if you have any question or would like to share your thoughts, please leave it in the comment.:)