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Madeira Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 628 kcal
Author Samantha


  • 180 g salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 180 g 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium sized lemon
  • 255 g 1 & 2/3 cups gluten free flour, or regular all purpose flour, I use ‘Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1-1 Gluten Free Flour’*
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºC). Line a 9” x 5“ rectangle baking pan with parchment paper, set aside. NOTE: Alternatively, if you have a non-stick pan, liberally grease it with melted butter and dust it with a light layer of flour. This will leave your finished loaf with smooth edges.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of an electric stand mixer (if using), add softened butter and caster sugar. Beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until mixture turns light/pale yellow and fluffy in texture. Scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined.
  4. Beat through vanilla and lemon zest until just combined.
  5. Add flour and baking powder. Beat until just combined.
  6. Add lemon juice and beat until well combined and you have a thick smooth batter.
  7. Pour into lined pan and smooth out top.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. The top should be slightly cracked and golden.
  9. Remove and cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  10. Carefully remove and turn out cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container, in the pantry, for 3-4 days.

* I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-1 Baking Flour.

Nutrition Facts
Madeira Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 628 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 298mg13%
Potassium 364mg10%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1040IU21%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.