Bee’s Homemade Plain Madeira Cake

8 Jul

This easy recipe is perfect for those who like to customise the cake with icing and change it up depending on the occasion. This cake is a delight to make, why not share your creations?


This is a big cake that can be cut to size, if you feel you need a smaller cake just half the quantities or check out our kitchen cheat sheet.

Ingredients you will need…

For the cake

450g of Unsalted Butter

450g of Caster Sugar

8 Eggs

2tsp of Vanilla Essence

450g of Self-Raising Flour

For the icing (optional)

250g of Unsalted Butter

500g of Icing Sugar

3  Tablespoons Water

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

How to make the cake…

  1. Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add 8 eggs, one at a time, and 2 teaspoons of good-quality vanilla essence, then fold in the self-raising flour.
  3. Pour into two lined, (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans and bake at 150C for about 40 minutes, until the sponge springs back from a touch.  Cool and enjoy. You can also add butter-cream frosting.

How to make the frosting…

  1. Simply cream together the butter and icing sugar, add the water and essence.
  2. For a chocolate cake replace 10% of the flour with cocoa and for chocolate butter-cream, simply omit the vanilla essence and add 100g of melted, good-quality dark chocolate.
  3. For added citrus zest, you can also ring the changes by adding the zest of a lemon or orange per 100g sugar.
  4. Serve and enjoy!



One Response to “Bee’s Homemade Plain Madeira Cake”


  1. Cake Icing | familyrecipebooks - July 9, 2013

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