Cherry Madeira Cake

Recently at work, we have decided that a Birthday Calendar along with the persons favourite cake would be a good idea to boost the morale during this second 6 week lockdown (essential workers)! 

The first birthday on the list after the Christmas break requested a Cherry Madeira which I'd never made before so was very nervous about getting it right! On tasting, the confirmation was given that I'd done a good job so here's the recipe for you to try! Perfect with a cuppa!

  • 200g glac√© cherries, cut in half 
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 180g caster sugar, plus 1tbsp for later on
  • 4 free range eggs 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon's zest
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 25g flaked almonds 
  • 900g loaf tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 31/2. Grease and line the loaf tin. 
  2. Place the cherry halves in a sieve and then run under warmish water until all of the syrup has been melted/rinsed off. Dry these using some kitchen roll and place in a bowl containing the plain flour. Shake the bowl until the cherries are nicely coated. Leave to the side. 
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and the caster sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time; adding a bit of the self-raising flour to prevent it from curdling. 
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and lemon zest and then beat again until fully incorporated. 
  5. Sieve in the remaining flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add the ground almonds and the milk and then beat again until everything is nicely combined. 
  6. Fold in the cherries from earlier and then pour into your prepared tin; smoothing the mixture out on the top. 
  7. Sprinkle the 1tbsp of caster sugar over the top of the mixture followed by the flaked almonds. 
  8. Place in the preheated oven for about an hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean! 
  9. Leave the cake to cool for about 10-15 minutes and then remove from the tin. 
  10. Make a cuppa, kick your legs up and enjoy this little moment of joy!
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