Coffee and Almond Madeira Cake
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Coffee and Almond Madeira Cake

A dense, nutty textured cake, with an intense coffee flavour. Use a high strength espresso powder if you can. I used Percol Black & Beyond Espresso instant coffee powder. I saw it at the supermarket and when it said Dark and Intense, I just had to buy it. Don’t use freshly brewed coffee as you will be adding unnecessary additional liquid into the cake batter. Have a slice or two with a fresh brew of the same coffee.
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: coffee madeira almond
Servings: 10 - 12 slices
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Lynn Hill


  • 180 g self raising flour
  • 90 g ground almonds
  • 1 tbs espresso coffee powder taste strength 6
  • 270 g butter softened
  • 270 g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tbs whole milk
  • 1 tbs flaked almonds for decoration


  • 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.
  • Mix together the flour, coffee powder and ground almonds in a bowl. Leave to one side.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, adding a little of the flour mix to help prevent curdling. Mix until well combined.
  • Add the remaining flour mix and milk. 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. Turn out on a cake rack to cool completely.


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


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.9mg