Chef Tjaart’s Madeira Cake Recipe

Madeira is a classic cake recipe that is simple to make - even for beginners!


  • 5 eggs
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 140g cream
  • 3 lemons, zested with a fine grater
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For glazing the cake with lemon & icing sugar

  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 150g Icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Lightly grease the loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and melted butter.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then whisk into the egg mixture until smooth.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour, turning the tin around halfway through cooking.
  7. To test the cake, insert a small knife into the middle – if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.
  8. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool for 30 minutes.
  9. Mix the lemon juice with the icing sugar in a small bowl, beat until smooth.
  10. Brush/ spoon the lemon glaze evenly over the top and let the glaze run down the sides of the cake, leave for a few minutes to set.
  11. Place the cake on a baking tray in the oven, turn off the heat and leave for 3–5 minutes to dry the glaze – it will become translucent.
  12. Allow to cool before slicing.

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