I have to say that I have been bowled over by how many questions I have been asked about Madeira cake since I started this blog. I mean if you check out my first post on it there are over 200 comments! So I shouldn’t have been surprised by the response to last weeks post on how to adapt ingredient amounts for different sized cake tins with a 10″ recipe along side. But there you have it. I was surprised.
As promised in last weeks post, here is the chart with all the ingredients you need to make a Madeira cake from a 6″ all the way up to a 12″. I can’t fit a 14″ in my oven so I don’t possess a tin that size so if anyone needs the ingredients for that you’ll have to measure the volume in ml so that it is 3″ deep and let me know what it is! Then I can work out the rest.
This chart is for ROUND Madeira cakes that are 3″ deep so you can slice them in half to fill if you want to. (Buttercream measurements for different size cakes are being calculated now after a reader requested them. So, no more leftovers to devour for me then! Watch this space.)
I’ve also had a few questions about the ingredients on my first Madeira cake recipe post. That recipe was also for an 8″ round cake but the depth of that cake only came out to 2″ deep. The ingredients above will give you a much deeper 3″ cake. That’s why there’s a difference in the ingredients quantities. As I have got more experienced I have tested out other ideas and I think I’ve nailed the Madeira cake recipe now.
Another two things to note are that I used to only use butter in this cake as I thought that would taste better but as my mum uses butter and margarine combined I tried that out and the result is a much lighter and more moist cake. The other tip she gave me was to mix in the flour and water in three goes. If you add all the flour then all the water you get a cake with lots of air holes in it and it tends to be more dry than if you add them alternating for three goes. Small things = big benefits in baking!
Happy baking bakers
P.S. I wish I had £1 for every time I misspelt Madiera!!!