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This classic English Madeira Cake is the easiest dessert you will ever make. Lightly flavoured with lemon and topped with candied lemon slices. | livforcake.com
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Classic Madeira Cake

This classic English Madeira Cake is the easiest dessert you will ever make. Lightly flavoured with lemon and topped with candied lemon slices.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 537kcal
Author Olivia

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 225g, room temperature
  • 1 cup caster sugar 225g, super fine sugar - not powdered
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 300g
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • zest and juice of 1 1/2 lemons

Candied Lemon Slices:

Instructions

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325F (170C). Grease and flour a deep* 8" round cake pan, line with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest on med-high until pale and fluffy (2-3mins). Add eggs one at a time along with one tablespoon of flour mixture for each egg. Fully incorporate after each addition.
  • Gently fold in flour mixture, then lemon juice.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10mins then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Candied Lemon Slices:

  • Place sugar and water in a large, shallow, saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until dissolved. Gently lay the lemon slices in a single layer in the saucepan. Simmer for 15mins, turning over half way through. Carefully remove from pan, dripping off excess syrup and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow to dry at room temperature. Dip in granulated sugar if desired.**

Notes

*At least 3" deep.
** Cooled simple syrup can be drizzled over cake or used in various beverages. I used mine in homemade iced tea.
Madeira Cake recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson. Candied Lemon recipe from Our Best Bites

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg