Lemon Madeira Cake Recipe

Published on September 14th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on April 29th 2024
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Close up view of Lemon Madeira Cake

Most people assume Lemon Madeira Cake comes from Portugal. However, this traditional English cake is called Madeira because it's usually served with Madeira wine. If you don't drink alcohol, no worries. You can serve this cake with Lemon Grass or Orange Peel Tea instead. And since we used gluten-free all-purpose flour, this cake is gluten-free. Overall, this Lemon Madeira Cake is to die for; it's buttery, moist, and sure to send you into a lemony coma.

Why is Madeira cake different?

Madeira cake is often compared to pound or Victorian sponge cakes because it uses the creaming method to mix the butter and sugar. However, it's different because it has a denser texture and no milk.

Why is Madeira cake so dry?

Madeira cake is not as moist and light as other cakes. That's because the proportions of fat and eggs are higher, giving it a drier texture.

You must follow the recipe exactly, so it is not overly dry. The cake will dry if you add too much flour or fat to the batter.

 

What flavor is Madeira cake?

Traditionally, Madeira cake has a lemon flavor. However, there are also orange and lime-flavored Madeira cakes.

How many carbs are in Madeira cake?

There are 17 grams of carbs in each slice of Madeira cake.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
60 mins
Serves
10 persons

Ingredients

  • Non-Sick Cooking Spray

     

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, room temperature

     

  • 3/4 cup Granular Sugar-Free Sweetener

  • 3 large Eggs

  • Juice of 1 Lemon

  • 1/2 cup Blanched Almond Flour

  • 1 3/4 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, sifted

  • Zest of 1 Lemon

  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Next, coat a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set it aside.

Prepare loaf pan

Add butter and sugar-free sweetener to a large bowl and beat it with a hand mixer until combined and fluffy.

Prepare butter and sugar free sweetener

Add in each egg and beat until combined, making sure to beat well after each addition.

Adding egg to the batter

Add lemon juice and mix until combined.

Adding lemon juice

Whisk the almond flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until combined.

Prepare dry ingredients

Add the almond flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until combined and the cake batter is smooth.

Mixing dry ingredients into wet ingredients

Pour the Madeira cake batter into the prepared pan. Smooth it into an even layer and bake it for 50 minutes until a skewer inserted into it comes out clean.

Ready to bake the Lemon Madeira Cake

Let the Madeira cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Cooling the Lemon Madeira Cake

Remove the Madeira cake from the pan. Then place the Madeira cake on a cooling rack to cool before cutting it into 10 slices.

Slicing the Lemon Madeira Cake
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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon