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Gluten Free Madeira Cake

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Madeira cake makes a great alternative celebration cake and it would be hard to detect that our Madeira Cake recipe is made with gluten free flour. The creamy light sponge makes a sensational cake on its own and also makes an elegant celebratory cake when split horizontally, sandwiched with sieved raspberry jam and iced as a birthday or wedding cake.

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Unit of measurement


150 gUnsalted Butter
150 gCaster Sugar
1 Lemon (Zest)
2 tbspsGround Almonds
3 Eggs
100 gGluten Free Self-Raising Flour
2 tbspsMilk



1.Line a 20cm/8" round or 500g/1lb baking tin with greaseproof or parchment.

2.Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan150°C/325°F/Gas 3

3.Beat together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.

4.Beat in one egg.

5.Add in the ground almonds and lemon zest.

6.Beat in the remaining eggs one at a time.

7.Sieve in the flour and mix adding the milk.

8.Tip intothe prepared baking tin and smooth the top.

9.Bake in a preheated oven for 60/90 minutes, until a skewer or cocktail stick pushed into the centre comes out clean.

Temperature & cooking time:
170°C/Fan150°C/325°F/Gas 3 for 60/90 minutes

Customer reviews

10 Reviews
5 stars: 8
4 stars: 1
3 stars: 0
2 stars: 0
1 stars: 1

Average Customer Rating:

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By Mrs Rita Moss

09 Jan 2015 | 15:44 GMT

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Don't usually leave reviews but I made this cake this morning and was delighted with the result - and this is definitely not a fake review!
I am diabetic so I used xylitol sweetener instead of sugar and halved the amount. I also added.a teaspoon of lemon extract. The cake rose beautifully and was ready in 50 minutes. I suppose timings depend on your oven. I have just had a slice with my afternoon cuppa and it was delicious. Will definitely be making again.

By Miss Helen Jones

19 Dec 2014 | 10:39 GMT

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This is definitely not a fake review - this cake is amazing! Followed the recipe exactly. Will definitely be making again.

By Ms ella bella

08 Nov 2014 | 22:33 GMT

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I really do believe that every one of the below comments apart from the one complaining about her cake not rising, is a fake, written by a marketing person. kind of annoying. although they dry provide ideas for alternatives, they are still fake reviews.

Dear Ella, we can assure you ALL of our reviews are written by our customers - how fantastic! We encourage feedback so we can adapt our recipes to give our customers the best baking experience. All the best from Doves Farm

By Mrs Juliana Anderiesz-Moola

10 Aug 2014 | 10:50 BST

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Tried this twice and it didn't rise not sure what I did wrong :(

Hi Juliana, so sorry you had a bad experience. When we baked the recipe you can see the cake we made in the photo. Please check that you have not used any substitute ingredients. Doves Farm

By Ms Tanya Stephens

28 Jun 2014 | 11:20 BST

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This is the best GF cake I have made to date- I registered just to comment. I recommend following Mrs Burrage's lead above and adding the lemon syrup- it makes a perfect lemon drizzle cake. Nobody knew this was gluten free, I was extremely pleased!

By Mrs Sheridan Webb

22 Apr 2014 | 18:31 BST

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I made this as an Easter cake and it was gorgeous. Really moist compared to other gluten-free cakes I've made in the past. I baked it in two 7" tins, which was lucky as they rose very high! Perhaps because I split the mixture, the cake was ready after 50 mins. Glad I kept an eye on it.

By Mrs Jennifer Povey

03 Mar 2014 | 15:51 GMT

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I made this recipe the weekend and make it into 12 small cupcakes rather than 1 larger cake (simply because I dont have a 1lb loan tin). They turned out beautiful and my husband (who doesnt require a gluten free diet) couldnt tell the difference. I topped with a crunchy top made from the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tbsp graunlated sugar.

By Mrs brenda hughes

08 Dec 2013 | 19:53 GMT

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have made this as a sponge cake with vanilla butter cream very yummy. freezes well so can make in advance for parties. my partner loves coffee and walnut cake so omitted lemon used 4 tablespoons of coffee in a little water and 4oz of crushed walnuts just as good as when I was able to use ordinary flour. a great base mix thank you

By Miss Helen Green

30 Oct 2013 | 17:33 GMT

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Fabulous cake. Made several times for a friend's girl who is coeliac and she loves it. I actually made a ordinary sponge for my daughter's birthday and a smaller one using this recipe. Most of us preferred this one! Will keep using again and again!!

By Mrs R Burrage

23 Mar 2013 | 17:19 GMT

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When cooked I made holes in the top with a skewer and spooned over 3 tablespoons of icing sugar dissolved in the juice of one lemon, allow to cool before slicing- lovely.