Madeira cake is a sponge cake in traditional English cookery. The Madeira Cake has a firm yet light texture, eaten with tea or rarely for breakfast and is traditionally flavoured with lemon. Dating back to an original recipe in the 18th century or 19th century, it is not unlike a simple pound cake or yellow cake. The Madeira Cake is sometimes mistakenly thought to originate from the Madeira Islands; however, that is not the case as it was instead named after the Madeira wine, which was popular in England at the time and was often served with the cake. Nowadays, it is often served with tea or liqueurs. (Source from wikipedia)
Softened Unsalted Butter - 1 cup
Fine Grain Sugar - 3/4 cup (plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling)
Lemon - 1 (Grated Zest and Juice)
Eggs - 3 large
Self Rising Flour - 1 and 1/3 cup
All Purpose Flour - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
9 x 5-inch Loaf Pan - Buttered and Lined
Get all the ingredients at room temperature before starting. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Sift the self rising flour, all purpose flour and baking powder, together, Thrice and keep aside. Cream the butter and 3/4 cup sugar using an electric beater. Once they are well creamed, grate in the zest of the lemon. Beat well till it is combined.
Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour for each. Beat well after each addition. Once all the 3 eggs are in, and the mixture is well beaten, gently FOLD IN, with a wooden spoon, the rest of the flour in small batches. Finally put in the juice of the lemon. Mix well with the spoon and pour the batter into the prepared tin. Sprinkle the top with sugar as it goes into the oven.
Bake for 1 hour or until a tester comes out clean (mine got done in just under 50 minutes. I suggest you check after 45 minutes to prevent any burns. Remove the tin to a wire rack and let cool in the pan before turning out.