When I found out our newly recruited HR manager was going to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, 29th April, I decided to make her a birthday cake to share it in our Friday morning tea meeting in conjunction with the welcoming of her joining the company.
However, given the short notice and a week day, I didn’t have much time to prepare in the evening after work. Eventually I chose to make a simple and easy cake. I was pleased Ray offered a helping hand that night and we had a fun bonding time in making the cake together.
|My handsome kitchen helper|
Flipping through recipes, I came across this lemony and buttery Madeira cake. Following the Victoria Sandwich I made earlier, this was another classic and simple to make English sponge cake. This cake was traditionally consumed with a glass of Madeira wine, where the name of the cake originated from. Nowadays it is good to go with a cup of tea too.
The next morning, I did some google search and was relieved to learn that it was normal for Madeira cake to have peaks and crack on the surface. I found the cake texture to be very light and a bit dry. It is no wonder the English like it to go with Wine.
I was wondering if I should increase the portion of butter or reduce the baking time for my next trial.
|Happy birthday Sandee|
Baking Time : 60 minutes
Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 6)
180g unsalted butter, softened
Use real unsalted butter. Margarine and spreads have too high water content.
3/4 cup (185g) caster sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature beaten
11/3 cup (165g) self-raising flour, sifted
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1 tsp lemon juice ( I use more – I whole lemon)
2 tsp caster sugar , extra to sprinkle
Icing sugar to dust
1 tbsp lemon zest
1. Preheat oven to 160°C (315 F). Lightly grease and line the base and sides of an 18CM (7”) round cake tin.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Sprinkle extra sugar on top.
7. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, dust with icing sugar and garnish with lemon zest.
1茶匙柠檬汁（我用 - 我整个柠檬）
5。把蛋糕的混合料倒入已铺上纸及涂上油的18厘米/'7'圆形烤盘里, 稍微颠一颠模子, 平整面糊。