Madeira cake is something I’ve never tried, let alone made! But on last weeks first episode of The Great British Bake Off this was a basic cake bake for the competing bakers. Under the watchful glare of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. So I turned to my copy of Mrs Beeton’s Cookery book to see whether she had a recipe.
- 12oz / 350 g flour
- 6oz / 175g caster sugar
- 1 large egg or 2 medium
- 225g / 8 oz butter
- Grated rind of half a lemon
- A little milk
- A slice of candied peel
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth over. Sprinkle some candied peel across the top.
This is a heavy cake and needs a slow bake. My fan assisted oven was set at 140. I also put a Pyrex ramekin of water in the bottom of the oven to create steam so I could try and keep the cake moist.
And I have to say, I will never make it again! Three efforts at making all ended in disaster. It is a heavy cake but mine was like a biscuit! Each time I turned to the Google God to help me explain. I lowered the temperature on the oven. I put a pot of water in the oven. I wrapped the tin in newspaper. Each time I was true to Mrs B’s recipe and each time was a car crash! I had a slice of the Victoria sandwich whilst I worked and that was truly divine. The Queen’s cakes have a fan base. This is destined for the food recycling bin!
The two Mrs B’s (including me) will be back next week. I shall lick my Madeira wounds and make something glorious next week!
Verdict – Epic Fail 😦
Love Wish Vintage xx