Madeira cake

A classic sponge cake, perfect for afternoon tea.

Shopping list:

  • 175 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 175 grams caster sugar
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 250 grams self-raising flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Zest & juice of 2 oranges, diced left over flesh to add to mix
  • 200 ml blood orange juice
  • 150 grams caster sugar

  • Step 1

    Pre-heat oven to 180C, grease and line four small loaf tins.

  • Step 2

    In a bowl crystallize the sugar together by mixing well with a wooden spoon, with the orange zest.

  • Step 3

    Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time, beating the mixture well between each egg, then adding a tablespoon of flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture curdling.

  • Step 4

    Sift the flour and gently fold in, with enough milk to give a mixture the falls slowly from the spoon. Add the left over diced flesh.

  • Step 5

    Spoon into the lined tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.

  • Step 6

    Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then tur out onto a wire rack to let cool.

  • Step 7

    Bring to the boil the blood orange juice and the caster sugar, and reduce by 1/3rd then gently glaze the cake with this mix.