Lemon and Almond Madeira Cake
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Lemon and Almond Madeira cake

A dense, nutty textured cake, with a zingy lemon flavour. Topped with a few slices of lemon and citrus glaze.
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Madeira sponge
Servings: 10 - 12 slices
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Lynn Hill


  • 270 g butter softened
  • 270 g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • 180 g self raising flour
  • 90 g ground almonds
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbs lemon juice. about half a large lemon.
  • 1 tbs flaked almonds


  • half a large lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs golden caster sugar


Bake the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 160deg fan assisted. I used a steam oven.
  • Grease and line the bottom and sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the eggs, adding a little of the flour to help prevent curdling. Mix until well combined.
  • Add the remaining flour, ground almonds, lemon juice and zest. Beat on low setting until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf tin and smooth the surface, then sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 1hr 10 mins or until baked. Testing the centre of the cake with a skewer until it comes out clean.
  • All ovens vary, so test your cake when 3/4 baked to give you an idea of how much longer you will need.
  • When baked, take out of the oven and leave in the tin to cool for about 10mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  • While the cake is cooling, place the sliced half lemon, water and sugar into a small pan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 5 mins until the liquid turns syrupy. Decorate the cake with the sliced lemon and glaze with the residual syrup.


Will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.8mg