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Madeira Cake

ingredients

fat for greasing
2/3 cup (150 g) 5 oz butter or margarine
2/3 cup (150 g) 5 oz sugar
4 eggs
2 cups (200 g) 7 1/2 oz flour (All purpose)
2 X 5ml spoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
grated rind of 1 lemon
caster sugar (superfine granulated) for dredging
2 thin slices candied or glace citron peel

method

1. Grease and line a 15 cm cake tin.

2. Cream the fat and sugar together until light and fluffy.

3. Beat the eggs until liquid and add gradually to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, and fold into the creamed mixture.

5. Mix in the lemon rind. Mix well.

6. Turn into the tin. Dredge the top with caster sugar.

7. Bake in a moderate oven, 180°C, Gas 4, for 20 minutes, then lay the slices of peel on top.

8. Bake for a further 45-50 minutes.

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