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Mary Berry's Madeira Cake

Mary Berry's Madeira Cake, a classic dessert recipe for your afternoon tea party. It's a light and fluffy sponge made with simple ingredients, and the lemon touch makes the cake flavourful and fresh.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 402kcal


  • 175 g granulated sugar
  • 175 g butter, soften
  • 3 eggs
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • zest from one lemon


  • Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and use an electric mixer to beat everything well until creamy.
  • Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
  • In go the flour and ground almonds together with the lemon zest.
  • Mix everything well to get a smooth thick batter.
  • Grease and flour a 23 cm/9 inch round cake tin, and spread the batter evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool for 15 minutes, then carefully remove from the cake tin, and transfer to a cooling rack to be cooled down completely.



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Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 636IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg