It was our cake bake to raise funds for my son’s class a couple of weeks ago, and I baked the Madeira cake with a little twist. Madeira cake is a lovely simple sponge cake, and it was used to be served with a glass of Madeira wine – today it makes an excellent accompaniment served with tea or coffee. It is best to eat the cake fresh, when it is soft and light.
My little twist to this cake was the addition of a little chocolate sauce over the top – to tempt children (and adults!) for the cake bake. The result was delicious, and the cake disappeared pretty quickly! I hope you could have a go sometime, children enjoy decorating with the cake with the chocolate sauce too.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour
225 gr/8oz plain flour, sifted (and extra 2 tablespoons of flour with the eggs)
5ml/1teaspoon baking powder
175gr/6oz butter, softened
175gr/6oz caster sugar
Grated rind of half a lemon
30ml/2 tablespoons milk
For the chocolate sauce:
100gr/4 oz good quality milk or dark chocolate
10ml/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Makes 1x7in (17.5cm) round cake
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
Grease and line a 17.5cm (7in) round tin. Mix together the flour and baking powder. Beat together the butter, sugar and lemon rind until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding 2 tablespoons of flour with the last two. Fold in the remaining flour, and then gently mix in the milk. Turn into the prepared tin and bake for about 1 hour until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and turn out on the wire rack to cool.
One of the best and easiest ways of melting chocolate is to melt it either in a bain marie or in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Make sure the bowl fits securely over. Break the chocolate into chunks and place them and the cocoa powder in a bowl, sitting over a pan of hot water. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool.
Pour the sauce over the top of the cake and make a pattern with prongs of a fork and leave to set.
Special Note: My heartfelt thanks to you all, who expressed their concerns and good wishes for the devastating earthquake at the eastern part of Turkey. It is heartbreaking, and one would hope no more casualties. Prayers and good wishes go for all the folks there, to have the strength to keep going and keep the hope alive.