Round Madeira Cake

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Madeira Cake with Almonds

Madeira Cake is a produce of the British kitchen which would traditionally be eaten together with a nice glass of Madeira wine, hence the name. This easy recipe will give you a classic Round Madeira Cake with a hint of lemon, that will go down very well in your high tea cake collection.

madeira cake batter
The batter in the pan before baking

Some other of Gav’s Kitchen Cake Recipes

At the end of this blogpost you will find some links to some other cake recipes that are in some ways similar, and yet different. My moist lemon pound cake  is also a lemony tasting cake, but a lot more so than this one as the sweetened lemon juice is absorbed into the cake at the end.

after baking madeira


My butter sponge cake recipe is also a tasty light sponge cake but with more a vanilla taste than lemon and is raised with baking powder, rather than self-raising flour, as in this recipe.


classic madeira
Round Madeira Cake


And my Brazilian Banana Cake  recipe is a bit heavier type of cake with the unmistakable taste of bananas.

Madeira cake in a Round or loaf tin?

Well really you can make this cake in a round or a loaf, it is up to you. These quantities were put into a 10 inch round cake tin, but would also fit into a loaf tin. I like to use the round cake tin as it gives you more options to cut the cake.

madeira slice with almond


In this recipe, I used a mix of self-raising flour and a small amount of plain flour (which I needed to use up). The combination worked well and the self-raising flour made sure the cake rose sufficiently.

Almonds on a Madeira?

I added some almonds to the top of this round Madeira cake to give it some decoration, but also to add some taste. I love almonds and I think it is good to experiment with additions to cake.

Some people like to add cherries and other fruit to their Madeira cake to make them more interesting.

almond madeira
Flaked Almond topping

I happen to think that the recipe is good as it is. I hope you enjoy it too.

How long does a Madeira Cake last?

Well, I think this depends on your household. Sponge cake should be kept in an airtight box to keep it fresh. Some people say you can keep them for up to two weeks.

lemony madeira sponge cake
1 hour after baking……!

I like to think that you should be able to keep it for a while, if properly stored, but I have not been able to test it as it all gets eaten within a day in our house.

madeira cake slice


So given that simple fact, I would tend to make it just before I need it to ensure there is some left!

How to make a lemon Madeira cake

Round Madeira Cake

round madeira cake

This deliciously tasty round madeira cake recipe is great for a tasty sponge cake that can be eaten on its own -no icing required!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 220g self-raising flour
  • 80g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 190g salted butter, softened
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Handful of flaked almonds


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C.
  2. Grate the lemon and keep the zest. Then squeeze the lemon and retain the juice.
  3. Butter and line a baking tin with flour, suitable for the quantities you use. These quantities are good for a round 25cm (10") cake tin.
  4. Sieve and weigh the two types of flour into a bowl (mixed).
  5. Mix the sugar with the softened butter, using a hand mixer or a food mixer. Then add the eggs one by one, adding a bit of flour with each one. Keep mixing.
  6. Then add the rest of the flour, the lemon zest, milk and lemon juice and mix until you have a completely uniform dough.
  7. The dough should just fall off a wooden spoon. If it is too thick then just add a little bit of milk.
  8. Transfer the dough into the baking tin and flatten the dough in the tin. Then sprinkle the top with flaked almonds.
  9. Place in the oven for about 60 minutes or until cooked. The cake is cooked when a knife inserted in the middle is dry when withdrawn.
  10. Allow to cool before serving (although it is delicious as well when warm!)


Serve up with a glass of Madeira wine (oh, OK, tea or coffee is also alright!)

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