The Great British Bake Off is back and I couldn’t be more excited; 12 new bakers and over 30 new challenges. The first show of the season’s topic was cake and the first challenge was to make a Madeira cake.
This year, I am going to be baking along with the bake-off, recreating every “signature” challenge that the bakers face. This is my take on a Madeira cake, simply jazzed up with a zippy lemon flavored cake, lemon icing and crowned with edible flowers, it is almost too pretty to eat!
If you have never heard of the Bake Off, you are seriously missing out. The Bake Off is a baking competition (what a surprise!) that has become apart of any baker’s culture in Scotland and the UK.
This show has been running for 6 years and it is getting more popular year after year.
12 baker bake it out to win the coveted title of Bake Off Champion and receive a trophy. I hope the Bake Off runs for another 2 years if not longer as I really want to enter but this next year and the year after aren’t really a prime time for me to enter.
Talking about the Bake Off, do you remember the bake-off I took part in 2 years ago? Well, that same competition has asked me to be a judge! I am going to be Mary Berry for the day!
This cake pays homage to the first challenge. A sweet and fluffy yet close-textured Madeira cake flavored with lemon zest and vanilla extract topped with a lemon glace icing and finished with edible nasturtiums, lavender and lemon zest.
Each slice of this cake is pure heaven with the tender crumb and delicious flavor, it is exceedingly better than the famous lemon pound cake from that famous coffee chain ;D
Every great tasting cake starts with a master recipe. A Madeira cake is a classic recipe that is a recipe staple in so many old recipe books; a timeless cake which is easy to create but the taste is unbeatable.
Since a Madeira cake uses such simple ingredients, they have to best the best quality that they can be to make the cake taste amazing.
I chose to flavor this cake with lemon because as you probably know, it is one of my all-time favorite flavors; exhibit a,b,c,d, and e!
Also, lemon is such a powerful yet subtle flavor, you can adjust how “lemony” you want your cake or cookie to be without making it bland and tasteless.
Madeira cake’s classic flavor is citrus; either lemon, orange or lime or a mixture of all. Sticking to tradition, I opted for lemon.
The zest of two whole lemons makes this cake on the zippy side, as well as the juice from half a lemon in the batter, adds a pleasant sharpness to cut the sweetness in the cake. The icing is made with lemon juice as well, just to guarantee a punch of lemon deliciousness.
This cake is perfect for first-time bakers or for advanced bakers; a Madeira cake is a foolproof recipe which everyone will love to eat and enjoy with friends or family. I shared this cake with close family and friends, having afternoon tea while we watched the rainfall. Autumn has already arrived in Scotland; the leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees. We didn’t even have a summer!
I need to go somewhere hot, now!
If you make my Lemon Madeira Cake Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
150g butter, unsalted and at room temperature For the icing 100g icing sugar To decorate lemon zest Try out our Lemon Madeira Cake recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How do you make Lemon Madeira Cake
150g golden caster sugar
3 free-range organic eggs, at room temperature, beaten
zest of 2 lemons
175g plain flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
juice from half a lemon
150g butter, unsalted and at room temperature
For the icing
100g icing sugar
Try out our Lemon Madeira Cake recipe and post your results below in the comments…