Madeira cake

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Madeira cake
Cherry madeira cake.jpg
Cherry madeira cake with whipped cream and tea
Type Sponge cake
Course Tea or breakfast
Place of origin United Kingdom
Cookbook:Madeira cake  Madeira cake

Madeira cake is a sponge cake in traditional English cookery.

It has a firm yet light texture, eaten with tea or (occasionally) for breakfast and is traditionally flavoured with lemon.[1] Dating back to an original recipe in the 18th or 19th century,[2][3] 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.[4][2] Nowadays, it is often served with tea or liqueurs.[3] 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.


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  2. ^ a b The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional by Laura Halpin Rinsky, John Wiley and Sons, 2008, ISBN 0-470-00955-1, ISBN 978-0-470-00955-0, page 170
  3. ^ a b History Of Cake Article @ Retrieved July 2009
  4. ^ The essential baking cookbook, Murdoch Books Pty Limited, Murdoch Books, 2005,ISBN 1-74045-542-8, ISBN 978-1-74045-542-8, page 59