My Granny’s Madeira Cake Recipe


Madeira cake is sometimes mistakenly thought to originate from the Madeira Islands but was in fact named after Madeira wine from the islands, popular in England in the mid-1800s and often served with the cake. Dating back to an original recipe in the 18th or 19th century, Madeira cake is similar to a pound cake or yellow cake. Madeira cakes are very popular in Ireland as they are relatively easy to make and not very expensive.


  • 8oz of Self Raising Flour ( 225g) or 8oz Plain flour and 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 4oz Margarine ( 113g)
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Pint Milk (150ml) 4oz Sugar (100g)


  • Place flour, sugar and margarine into a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until it  resembles a fine crumb texture.
  • Mix egg and milk in a separate mixing bowl until they are fully combined.
  • Pour the egg and milk mixture into the bowl with the flour, sugar and margarine until soft.
  • Pour the mixture into a cake tin lined with parchment paper.
  • ake for 40 minutes at 180 – 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Note if you want icing use icing sugar and water mixed to form a light icing.


Margarine can be replaced by butter in this recipe.

Low fat milk can be used instead of full fat milk to reduce calories.

Gluten free flour can be used to replace conventional flour to make this cake suitable for coeliac’s.

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