It has a firm yet light texture, eaten with tea or (occasionally) for breakfast and is traditionally flavoured with lemon. Dating back to an original recipe in the 18th or 19th century, Madeira cake is similar to a pound cake or yellow cake. It was named after Madeira wine, a Portuguese wine from the Madeira Islands, which was popular in England at the time and was often served with the cake. Nowadays, it is often served with tea or liqueurs. A festive Madeira cake known as a Tunis cake topped with a ganache of chocolate and decorated with marzipan flowers and leaves is sometimes made for Christmas festivities.