Madeira Cake is a traditional English sponge cake, amongst the best bases to make several tier cakes decorated with sugar paste. It has a firm yet light texture, so it doesn’t absorb much syrup and it doesn’t lose its shape. Since it is a buttery and lemony cake, you can also serve it plain, with afternoon tea. Anyway, as you know, I used Madeira Cake as a base to make my honey bun’s birthday cake, since she is turning 2, today. Since I’m assembling the cake in the afternoon, you’ll find the complete cake recipe on the blog just tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’ll pos the base recipe 🙂
I know you’ll find what I’m about to write banal and foregone, but, believe me, it’s true… it’s been 2 years now, but I’m still marvelled for the prodigy oh her birth: I feel revived, changed, improved… I know I’m her poin of reference and her model, and that I can’t make mistakes… I try to get better day by day, in order to be up to her, to make her proud of me. I’m not trying to be the best mom ever, but I’m trying being the best mom for her: I’ll make everything I can not to let her down! It’s been 2 years busy, joyful, firt of “first times”, of plays, cuddles and new discoveries… I look at her, today, and I see her grown up already, and this terrifies me: I’m afraid of losing something, of seeing her gwowning up too fast…
Today she will have a birthday party with plenty of festoons and colored balloons, a 2-tier cake, her own toy kitchen… and if I could ask for something in return, I’d ask her not to change, not to lose her excitement for every new discoveries, her curiosity for everything happening around her, her love and sensitivity to nature and animals, her stubborness when she wants something, her being so daring and yet judicious, and above all the sparks in her eyes, that light she radiates since the moment she came to light, making her so special… I’d ask her not to lose any of that!
Happy birthday, my honey bun, I wish you a happy birthday and a happy life, together with us, “the bow sending you forth”!
Ingredients for a 18 cm springform pan:
2 tbsp of milk
175 g of margarine
175 g of sugar
200 g of pastry flour
8 g of baking powder
grated zest of lemon
Preparation Time: 20 min.
Baking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 min.
Combine in a bowl eggs and milk.
Aside, combine flour, baking powder and zest.
In a large bowl, whisk butter and sugar till creamy.
Now add in, alternately, the egg mixture and the flour.
Work till you get a smooth mixture.
Now pour the mixture into the buttered and floured pan, level as much as you can, and bake at 160°C for 1 hour.
Once ready, let cool till lukewarm, turn it out and upside-down, put it on a grill (so that some air will pass under it), and let cool down completely.
Serve your Madeira Cake.
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