When I first started cake decorating, Madeira cake was one of the very first cakes I baked. It is still a cake I bake as it’s so moist and yummy. I often, however, add flavourings to my Madeira to add interest to what is essentially a sponge cake. There is quite a selection of ingredients that I chose to use to flavour this highly versatile cake. Below I have listed a few of my favourite ways of flavouring Madeira cake. They include both fruits and nuts.
Ideas for favouring Madeira cake
Start by taking the standard a six egg Madeira cake recipe, one that bakes a 20cm (8in) round cake. Then add one of the following ingredients to the cake batter:
- Lemon – Finely grated rind of 2 lemons (this is the traditional flavouring)
- Vanilla – 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cherry – 350g (12oz) glace cherries, halved
- Coconut – 110g (3 ¾ oz) desiccated coconut
- Almond – 1tsp almond extract and 3 tbsp ground almonds
Flavouring a chocolate cake
The chocolate cake recipe, found in my early books, can also be flavoured. How about a chocolate orange cake? Simply add zest of 2 oranges and 2 tsp of orange extract to the 20cm (8in) chocolate cake recipe – supburb!
The recipes for both the Madeira and Chocolate cakes are in many of my cake decorating books.
Other flavourings – please suggest…
I love experimenting with recipes and trying out new flavours. I hope you do too. My list above isn’t by any means complete, so please do add your own flavouring Madeira cake suggestions that you’re happy to share in the comments below.
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