Madeira Cake

My Mom's Recipe from 50-year-old Cookery Book

Katelyn Keane

When my Mom went to Secondary School in Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew she used a cookery book that was handed down from the oldest to the youngest member of their family of twelve children. Her family used this book a lot because it was one of the best cookery books in Ireland at that time.  We still use this book because it has some really good recipes, for example Madeira Cake and Apple Crumble.  My favourite recipe is Madeira Cake because it is so simple to make and you don’t need much ingredients at all.


  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 oz flour
  • 1 tablespoon water


Have butter at room temperature.  Put butter into a bowl with the sugar and beat with a wooden spoon until white and creamy.  Beat the eggs and add gradually to the butter and sugar mixture.  Beat well.  Fold in the flour with a metal spoon, adding a little water if necessary.  Then add the baking powder.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220oC.

Favourite Cookery Book

This page was added on 13/04/2018.

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