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Cherry Madeira

Cherry Madeira


Cherry Madeira a perfect delicious moist Madeira – lovely! It’s so quick and easy – why not have a go?  It is one of the most popular recipes on the blog, it’s such a classic and so simple – I love it! A real teatime treat – that’s if you can wait until teatime!

so why is it called a Madeira Cake – well according to Wikapedia – it is a rich sponge cake that, contrary to its name, does not include Madeira, nor did it originate from the Madeira Islands. Historically, it was a popular cake to serve alongside glasses of the fortified wine in the 19th century in England.

And if you do decide to have a go please drop me a note below the recipe, I love to hear your comments

Thanks Cx


  • 175g Butter, at room temp
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 220g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 150g glacé Cherries

Preparation Method

Double the mix for 2 – one will never be enough…..

  1. Pre-Heat the oven to Gas 5 / 190C
  2. Grease and line a 2lb / 900g loaf tin – I use those loaf liners they are fantastic
  3. WASH your Glace Cherries under the tap, dry and then roll lightly in self raising flour – you don’t want sinking cherries!
  4. Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add one egg at a time beating well, don’t worry if it curdles a little just keep mixing and add a tablespoon of the flour. Then add the Vanilla extract!
  6. Then add the baking powder and flour, mix well
  7. Finally tip in the flour rolled cherries – mix through
  8. Pop mix into tin, smooth top and bake on the middle shelf for approx. 1 hour – watch the top make sure it doesn’t burn – if it browns too quickly pop a piece of foil loosely over then top
  9. Test with a skewer – if it comes out clean its baked
  10. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack! Then enjoy with a cuppa!


Margaret Lothian says:
Absolutely in love with this cake and my friends keep asking me to make it. Problem is when I printed the recipe I can't read it because of the black background. Could you please put the recipe on a light colored background ? I would really appreciate it.
    Clare x says:
    Hi Margaret - I look into it! Glad you love the recipe Cx
Paula J says:
Great for a last minute bake! So simple and easy with a flavour everyone will be happy with. Cherries give a lovely moistness when eaten too :) Must try again soon as my cherries sank! Mum reckons I didn't leave enough flour on them....xx
    Clare x says:
    Wash them- flour them lovely X Glad you loved it
Nicole says:
The recipe is not readable when printed out because of the black background. Such a shame.
    Clare x says:
    Hi Nicole if you use the "Print Me' button all the colour had been stripped out so it's perfect for printing Cx
Anonymous says:
Can you make this plain without cherries and can you add anthing else
    Clare x says:
    Yes of course you can - no problem - add some orange zest - lovely Orange Madera Cx
Seb says:
Great recipe and tastes very good indeed. I might try it as muffin cakes. My cherries did sink though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Clare x says:
    Did you wash and roll? and made sure your batter wasn't too loose? :-(
Seb says:
Hi Clare, I did wash and roll but maybe my cake batter was a bit slack. I love cherry cake so I will have another try.
Karen says:
Probably the best cake recipe I've ever used! Delicious! Cooked through perfectly, really chuffed!
Teresa O'Keeffe says:
Hav just tried your cherry cake and it is so easy and delicious
Collina says:
Made this cake . It was awesome. Perfect...brought back so many memories. Thank you
Charles sinclair says:
Nice cake and flavour but cherries sank.
Denise says:
Put a few cherries to one side and when the mixture is in the tin put them on the top just before it goes in the oven.
Ebba says:
I was wondering how long in the oven it I were to make these as individual cupcake sized cakes? Planning on making jam filled snowball (covered in coconut)cakes with them.
    Clare x says:
    Sound amazing - I would say 20 minutes and keep checking! I'd love to hear how you get on Cx
Wendy Coleman says:
I removed syrup from cherries with paper towel, and halved them....no sinking. I imagine washing them may allow water to "hide inside" and cause the to sink.