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Lemon Madeira Cake

My son adores Lemon Madeira Cake. It’s the one cake he was requested time and again since he discovered it when he was knee-high to a grasshopper. That little boy of yesteryear is towering over me now, not so little but still with simple tastes.
This cake is a great all-rounder. It has less sugar than many cake recipes, packs a punch with lemon flavour and keeps well for a few days in an airtight container. My aforementioned chap loves bringing a slice of this in his lunch box. It’s also a lovely treat with a cuppa.


175g Butter
80g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Eggs
Finely grated zest of two lemons
225g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
Juice of ½ Lemon

Reserve the juice of the rest of the lemons for the top.


  • Preheat oven to 170C fan and prepare a loaf tin.
  • Beat the butter, sugar & vanilla extract together until the mixture is light & fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the lemon zest and juice and fold in, ensuring everything is incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to the tin and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer/cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • While the cake rests in the tin, pierce the top with skewer/cake tester and pour the remaining lemon juice over the top. This will seep into the cake adding a further hit of zingy lemon!
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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4 thoughts on “Lemon Madeira Cake

  1. I am going to try this recipe and make a 10 inch birthday cake for my husband's 70th birthday. but as he is a golfer, i would welcome some icing tips for a golf presentation. Any help please …

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