May 24, 2010

Madeira Cake

I love lemony cakes and desserts and this cake is no exception. Simple yet tasty and when served with a dollop of vanilla cream it makes a perfect quick treat for an afternoon tea.

Madeira Cake

180g unsalted butter, softened
185g caster sugar
3 eggs
165g self-raising flour
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1 tsp lemon juice
2tsp caster sugar to sprinkle

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour, lemon rind and juice until combined. Spoon into a prepared tin (round 18cm tin), level the surface and sprinkle with the extra sugar. Bake in 160C for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Serve with vanilla flavoured whipped cream or dust with icing sugar.