Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Basic Madeira Cake recipe

Whether you’re baking ahead or need a stable cake for decorating, this basic madeira cake recipe is what you’re after.

Tiered creations, buttercream masterpieces and jaw-dropping showstoppers can typically all have one thing in common – a reliable basic madeira cake recipe.

Our favourite comes from Britt Box of She Who Bakes, and Britt’s recipe can be found below.Basic madeira cake recipe

Madeira cake

Servings 1 20cm round cake


  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 300g Stork/ unsalted butter
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 5 free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cream together the caster sugar and Stork/unsalted butter. Pour in the eggs and mix well. Add in the flour and mix well. Finally add in the vanilla extract.

  2. Mix on a high speed for 4-6 minutes.

  3. Pour the mix into a lined 20cm (8in) round cake tin and bake at 140ÂșC /Gas Mark 1 for 1 hour 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Top Tips

  • Britt always advises to bake the cake you need at least 1 day in advance of decorating it
  • This recipe makes 1 tall 20cm cake that can be cut into three layers with a cake leveller
  • Find out how to freeze cakes for future use here
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