I seem to have had a lot of enquires recently for a recipe for a 14″ Madeira cake. I don’t actually have a tin this big (the one above is a 12″) but one of my readers measured the volume of her tin and I calculated the ingredients she would need. She said it as a huge success.
To keep it moist I bake all my Madeira cakes with some baking paper wrapped around the outside of the tin. I also place an ovenproof bowl of water at the bottom of the oven which locks more moisture in. My last trick is to add the flour and water in three separate stages – so alternating the flour then water then flour and water and so on). This makes a huge difference compared with adding all the flour then all the water.
14″ Square Madeira cake recipe.
- 310g butter- at room temperature
- 310g Margarine- at room temperature
- 830g caster sugar
- 4 ½ tea spoon vanilla essence
- 13 eggs-at room temperature
- 930g plain flour
- 6 ½ teasp of baking powder
- 12 ½ tbsp hot water
- Line a cake tin with baking paper and wrap the outside of the cake tin with paper (see how I do it here)
- Blend the butters and sugar together until light and fluffy – this will take 2-3 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time and whisk in thoroughly. Don’t miss this step and chuck them all in – in one go. Your mixture will curdle. I have also found that a hand held whisk gets better results than a stand mixer
- Add vanilla essence and blend.
- In a separate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder. Mix 1/3 of the flour into the cake mix and whisk. Add 1/3 of the water and combine. Repeat until everything is well incorporated.
- Place the mixture in the cake tin smoothing with the back of a metal spoon.
- Bake at 180ºC (160º Fan) for 120-140 minutes but check it regularly as sometimes it needs a little longer.
- To prevent your cake from doming place a piece of baking paper with a hole in the centre over the top of the tin. Remove the paper after 90 minutes so the top can brown up nicely.
- Leave to cool on a wire tray.
I hope this has been helpful. If you are looking for ingredients of other sizes of Madeira cakes have a look at this post.
Have fun baking!