You can whip this up in a flash and pretend you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. I made them for teabreak today and they were demolished within seconds.
Simple, speedy and delicious.
It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days...if you can resist it for that long. You'll need:
170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
170g self-raising flour
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lemon
100g pure icing sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180C and in a bowl cream together cake ingredients until well blended.
2. Pour cake mixture into a pan and pop it in the oven for 35 minutes at 180C.
3. Mix icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and set aside.
4. Use a skewer to poke holes all over the cake and pour over the lemon icing.
5. Leave to cool or refrigerate to speed up process.
6. Slice and serve with tea or coffee.
A commercial madeira cake you get from supermarkets are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. I've just checked my favourite Coles madeira cake contain all these ingredients below :( My recipe has a total of 6 ingredients. I am definitely going to make my own rather than buying it from now on!
Madeira Cake (75%), Lemon Icing (25%). Madeira Cake contains: Sugar, Wheat Flour (Gluten), Water, Canola Oil, Egg, Buttermilk Powder, Butter (2%) (Cream), Glucose Syrup, Salt, Humectant (420), Emulsifiers (471 Soy, 475, 481), Raising Agents (450, 500), Anti-Caking Agent (341), Tapioca Starch, Preservative (200), Natural Flavour, Natural Colours (160b, 164), Thickener (415) Lemon Icing contains: Sugar, Water, Butter (9%) (Cream), Humectant (422), Natural Flavours, Preservative (200), Antioxidant (307), Natural Colours(160a, 160b, 164), Maize Starch, Vegetable Fat (Palm Derived), Glucose, Milk Protein, Stabilisers (340, 466, 450), Emulsifiers (322 Soy, 433, 471), Acidity Regulator (330), Thickener (401)