Vanilla Madeira Cake


This Madeira cake has a firm crust but a light and moist inside with a generous hint of vanilla.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and line a round cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir vanilla extract into creamed butter mixture.

  3. Sift flour and baking powder into creamed butter mixture and stir until batter is well mixed. Spoon batter into the prepared cake pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon.

  4. Bake in the center of the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

  5. Cool cake in the cake pan for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

Bake for an extra 15 minutes if you would prefer a more golden brown finish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
19g Fat
40g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 5g
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 62mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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