Quick madeira cake

This is a very easy cake to make and tastes great. I have done 3 different variants on this one: plain, cherry and lemon.

Recipe for 17.5cm (7in) round or 15.5cm (6in) square tin


  • 250g (8oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 185g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 185g (6oz) soft margarine
  • 2 large or 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk

Variation Ingredients

  • Lemon - 1 whole lemon, omit the 1tbsp of milk
  • Cherry - 150-200g (~6oz) glacé cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, sugar, margarine, eggs and milk (replace milk with juice from a lemon if making a lemon madeira) into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together with a wooden spoon, then beat for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and glossy (1 minute if using an electric mixer). Add lemon rind or the cherries to the mixture while mixing (I have found adding a few cut cherries right at the begining before mixing means the whole madeira gets a slight taste all the way through).
  4. Place the mixture into the prepared greased and lined tin; smooth the top with a spatula and give the tin a sharp tap to remove any air pockets and level the top.
  5. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for to hours. The cake should be golden brown once cooked.

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