Recipe 1: The Madeira Cake

The beginning of the Mary Berry Baking Bible! 

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So as I posted on the weekend, Monday was the day my year challenge began, and I can gladly confirm that it is well underway! This cake is truly lovely; I know it’s simple and easy, but sometimes simplicity is the key and you can’t go wrong with a light and lemony sponge. It was a great recipe to kick off with, so I hope you enjoy it too!


  • 175 g softened butter (this is key to getting the right consistency!)
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 3 large eggs
  • finely grated rind of one lemon
  • thin slices of lemon peel
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Having fun in the kitchen!


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line an 18cm tin/or a 2lb loaf tin (that’s what I used) with baking parchment.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, flour, ground almonds, eggs and the grated lemon rind into a large bowl. Beat for 1 minute until throughly combined and fairly pale in colour.
  4. Turn in the pre-prepared tin and level out the surface.
  5. Bake in the oven (on the middle shelf) for 30 minutes.

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    Set that timer!

  6. Take out the cake and add the lemon peel on the top Photo 18-02-2013 16 42 59
  7. Place back in the oven for 30 minutes (test by placing a skewer in the middle, if it needs longer put back in for 15 more minutes.
  8. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool fully.

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