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Easy Madeira Loaf

Easy Madeira Loaf

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My kids love a good Madeira Loaf. Seeing we cannot get one from the shop for now, it was time to make my own. The great thing about this Easy Madeira loaf is that you only need a few basic ingredients and yes it is easy to make.

Madeira Loaf is a plain, sort of boring cake. But don’t be fooled by the looks of it, it is actually quite moreish. We love it with a little spread of butter and a cup of tea.

Every good Madeira Loaf I’ve eaten has a fine crumb with a crack on top. I think mine ticks all the boxes, I am so chuffed with the way it turned out. A Madeira Loaf recipe should have similar amounts of sugar, butter and eggs but more flour. I think my recipe is close enough. It also has a subtle hint of lemon and some vanilla.

Everyone has their own technique when baking a sponge cake or similar. For me the beating of the eggs and sugar first works always. This technique traps air into the batter. So please do not leave this batter lying around, you need to have all your ingredients at the ready to add to this egg/sugar batter or the air will subside.

This cake also freezes well. I usually wrap my cakes in cling wrap, then cover it with foil and freeze. The cake must be completely cool before freezing.

Although I baked my cake at 180 degrees Celsius I had to turn down the temperature to 160 in the last 10 minutes of baking time. I felt it was getting too brown. So depending on you oven you may need to adjust the temperature or you can cover it with a foil if it is browning too quickly.

I do hope you try this Easy Madeira Loaf and please drop me a mail and let me know how it goes!

Some of my delicious loaves to try:

Eggless Chocolate Banana Bread

Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake





Madeira Loaf

Course Dessert
Cuisine General
Keyword madeira loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 150 gram butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1&1/2 cup/375ml cake wheat flour
  • 1&1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a loaf pan with soft butter and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Melt the butter and add the milk to it, mix and set aside
  • Using an electric hand mixer beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes until it's doubled in volume
  • Mix in lemon zest and vanilla essence
  • Sift in half the flour and baking powder and add half the milk mixture. Mix until combined, still using the electric mixer. Do not over mix
  • Sift in the other half of the flour and mix together with the other half of butter/milk mixture
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Cool cake on a cooling rack and cut only when completely cool


  1. You may need to lower the temperature in the last few minutes of baking or alternatively cover with a piece of foil if the cake is browning too quickly
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