Cherry Madeira Cake

Cherry Madeira Cake

SHOUTS CAKE!!!!! Cherry Cake 🙂 

My Cherry Madeira Cake – so moist 

My Cherry Madeira Cake recipe is a perfect I promise, soft, moist and delicious Madeira.

It’s so lovely and it’s one of my personal favourites!

It’s quick and easy to make so why not have a go ?  

And it is THE most popular recipe 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! 

It’s a perfect cake for the cake tin, but it never lasts that long in my house…



Do you love baking loaf cakes? Well try this Cherry Cake?

I love it,  it really is my way to relax and switch off.

I tend to turn the music up  loud in my kitchen and dance away wooden spoon in hand.

One of the things I love is  the fact that when you bake you create something and it is such a science, often never the same twice.

I also love the smells and everyone circling whilst they wait for it to cool!


Why is it called a Cherry Madeira Cake?

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 at my Cherry Madeira Cake recipe then please drop me a note below the recipe, I love to hear your comments.

When people try or make something using the recipes I create and LOVE it, my heart is filled with tremendous joy.

I can’t quite explain why?


Cherry Maderia Cake Batter 

Just look at that cherry cake batter 

Cherry Madeira



Can we avoid Sinking Cherries in a Cherry Cake?

The issue with Cherry Maderia is normally the sinking of the cherries issue 🙂

My advice is to always wash the cherries really well under a running tap and then dry them well in kitchen roll.

This removes the sticky syrup which I believe is part of the culprit for the sinking of them.

Then finally roll them in flour!

It works almost every time for me.

Well I say every time but I  have to say not every SINGLE  time.

I did hear someone say once, that placing the cherries on top of the cake before baking worked.

Meaning that they at least then had a fighting chance of not sinking to the bottom?

I  haven’t ever tried this. It would be interesting to hear if you’ve tried this?

To be honest I quite like the anticipation of the slicing. And after all  the cake tastes exactly the same even if your cherries sink.  

Saying that I do understand that aesthetically this cake does look so lovely studded with cherries equally (ish) spaced.

Just so you know my recipe has quite a lot of cherries, but it is after all a CHERRY Madeira and I love them!

So here’s one of my cherry cakes where the cherries sank. 🙂

See I told you, but look it’s still smiling at me nevertheless!

I get it wrong sometimes too, it still tasted amazing.


Can I make this Cherry Madeira Cake without an electric whisk?

Using an electric whisk or Stand Mixer to Cream the butter and sugar together is fantastic and really quick and then the eggs it really is great as it gets the job done quickly and incorporates lots and lots of air.

However, it can obviously be made using a wooden spoon too.

It might take a little longer and it’ll just take a little more elbow grease.

But think of those lovely toned arms.

Below I’ve detailed my favourite Electric Stand Mixer.


How long can I store my Cherry Cake?  

Well I reckon about 5 days in an airtight tin, but believe me it won’t last that long!! 


Another Maderia Cake 

Here’s another Maderia cake – just a plain and simple Ice Maderia. Another classic 

Sometimes we just need plain and simple…… 

Madeira Cake


Just a few pointers about Cakes, not just Cherry Maderia cakes

And please remember  if you like this cake I have so many more I’m sure you’ll love.

Freda’s Apple & Fruit Loaf is really very popular, as is my Lemon Drizzle Cake!

Oh and let’s not forget my Mum Easy Christmas Cake another classic and a must try for Christmas.

Or why not my lovely  new Chocolate Loaf Cake – it’s insanely good 


Chocoate Loaf Cake - Cut through section



Gosh can you tell I love baking and especially the good old classics!!

Thanks Cx

10 Lovely Loaf Cakes 

In fact if you love a loaf cake I have 10 LOVELY LOAF CAKES gathered all together – have a look 

Kitchen Kit

You lovely peeps have started to ask me about kitchen kit a lot!!!!

Well you need to know I use the below stand mixer!

It’s quite an investment HOWEVER I love it and I know I will have it for life.

I see it as my essential piece of kit.

I also have lots of the attachments which I can talk about soon in another post Especially the pasta attachment !

Personally I believe this is the best stand mixer on the planet – but that’s just my view!

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Cherry Madeira Cake , sliced on a plate

Cherry Madeira Cake

4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 424kcal
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A moist traditional cake studded with grace cherries!


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


  • Pre-Heat the oven to Gas 4 / 180C
  • Grease and line a 2lb / 900g loaf tin - I use those loaf liners they are fantastic
  • WASH your Glace Cherries under the tap, dry and then roll lightly in self raising flour - you don’t want sinking cherries!
  • Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • 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!
  • Next add  the baking powder and flour, mix well
  • Finally tip in the flour rolled cherries - mix through
  • 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 the top
  • Test with a skewer - if it comes out clean it's baked
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack! Then enjoy with a cuppa!


** All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Cherry Madeira Cake
Serving Size
8 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 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.

    1. Hi Margaret – I look into it! Glad you love the recipe Cx

  2. 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

    1. Wash them- flour them lovely X Glad you loved it

  3. The recipe is not readable when printed out because of the black background. Such a shame.

    1. Hi Nicole if you use the “Print Me’ button all the colour had been stripped out so it’s perfect for printing Cx

  4. Can you make this plain without cherries and can you add anthing else

    1. Yes of course you can – no problem – add some orange zest – lovely Orange Madera Cx

  5. Great recipe and tastes very good indeed. I might try it as muffin cakes. My cherries did sink though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. Did you wash and roll? and made sure your batter wasn’t too loose? 🙁

  6. 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.

  7. Probably the best cake recipe I’ve ever used! Delicious! Cooked through perfectly, really chuffed!

  8. Hav just tried your cherry cake and it is so easy and delicious

  9. Made this cake . It was awesome. Perfect…brought back so many memories. Thank you

  10. Nice cake and flavour but cherries sank.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. Sound amazing – I would say 20 minutes and keep checking! I’d love to hear how you get on Cx

  13. 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.

  14. Made this Thursday. Making it again as so good.

  15. I have made this with cherries & also with choc chips both go well & lovely

  16. Lovely cake, made it twice and both times the cherries sank! First time I used whole cherries, washed dried rolled in flour and added whilst still in the mixer. Second time I cut them in half but added them by hand and saved a third to add when in the tin, they still sank!! Still delicious but would be nice to have cherries in the whole cake not just a layer in the bottom.

    1. Oh no Melanie – maybe a little thicker mix? x

  17. Made this cake yesterday, it was a hit with my wife and I.
    When I made it I added the cherries and then used an electric mixer which resulted in them being macerated. Next time I will mix the cherries in by hand.
    Thank you for an excellent recipe that even a rookie baker like me could follow.

    1. Thanks John – great to here Cx

  18. Made this cake yesterday; hailed as a success by my wife. When I added the cherries I used an electric mixer: mistake, since they were macerated! Next time I will use my hands so that the cherries will remain whole. Thank you for a recipe that allows even a rookie baker to bake a successful cake.

  19. Supper cherry cake, we like a few more cherries in our cake so added extra 100 grms

  20. I am just making but added choc chips as well as cherries as love them both

  21. Made this a week ago for ourselves and doubles the mixture. It is truly heavenly so moist. Now making another one for our local coffee morning where locals drop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake, fingers crossed they will love it too.

    1. Oh love this! It is a lovely cake – so glad you enjoyed! Hopefully your locals will love it too Cx

  22. These are easy to make and delicious!

  23. Cherry cake

  24. Is this cake okay to freeze please ?

    1. Hi Vanda

      I haven’t tried freezing to but i don’t see why not? Let me know if you do

      Thanks Cx

  25. robert westwood

    used fresh cherries…stoned..(the cherries..not me!) …. and absolutely wonderful … great recipe..

    1. That really made me laugh!! I think you win the best ever quote on my blog!
      Glad you liked the recipe Cx

  26. Sharon Whitehorn

    Hi, how many days will this cake stay fresh after baking..??

    1. Have never tested – only ever lasts 2 days in our house! Wrapped in foil possibly 4 days? You need to give it a try – Thanks Clare


    I am a sixty four year old gentleman but still a boy at heart! Just followed your recipe and doubled the mixture and then made two wonderful cherry Madeira cakes for two friends as a surprise! Both gave 10 out of 10 Wow factor or what! Best cherry cake recipe ever! Thankyou….Richard…

    1. Hi Richard – this is great – you have made my day 🙂 x

  28. I made this today and it tastes proper lovely. My new favourite cake.

  29. Clare, was googling a recipe and LOVE that yours came up! Keep up the fantastic work lovely lady xxxx

    1. Oh Thanks Ju – this cake is so popular! xxx

  30. What do you mean by ‘roll’ , is it rolling it with a rolling pin?

    1. Hi – what I actually mean is coat well in the flour – do not use a rolling pin – Thanks Clare

  31. I did all the recommended tricks to stop my cherries sinking – washed, dried, cut into smaller pieces, dusted in flour, added at the end – they still sunk to the bottom! So frustrating – what is the magic trick to getting evenly distributed cherries please?

    1. Did you add any milk? maybe do all the above and don’t add the milk? What size eggs did you use? Cx

  32. Made today and found the 1 hour cooking time to long and the cake become slightly burnt, did put foil on top

  33. Hi, I’ve not tried this recipe yet but intend to do so. I’m English and was always taught as a child that the traditional English way to make cherry cake was to halve, wash, DRY and then toss in half the flour the cherries before adding. This should prevent them sinking.

  34. Hi!! Thank you for your recipe. I just wondering can I skip butter as “ingredients” ?? Because, I’m allergic to it. If I can skip butter then can I go to the eggy step straight away or have to do anything else?? Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

    1. This recipe really needs the butter or margarine? Or why not try the Vegan Chocolate Cake on here? Thanks Clare

  35. Nice gone in a day mainly me cherry did not sink goning to leave whole next time thanks for the recipe

    1. Really great to hear David – Thanks so much for your comment Cx

  36. Made this and the cherries fell to the bottom. I washed and floured them and the batter was thick. But sure am going to try again.. Any other suggestions?.Val

    1. Hi – what sized eggs did you use? Cx

  37. Hi – what sized eggs did you use? Cx
    Hi Clare, I used large eggs. I’m going to try again . Hubby luved it, yummy

    1. Hi Val – I used Medium sized eggs Cx Glad hubby approved x

  38. Fab recipe- really easy to make and absolutely delicious. I added a suger crust for my ver sweet-toothed husband. Thank you so much for sharing.

  39. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. Quick and easy and absolutely delicious. I added a very thin sugar crust for my sweet- toothed husband as I was a little short on cherries (using up the Christmas cake leftovers). Good tip about using tin foil too – my oven is a bit unpredictable.

  40. Thank you so lovely and easy to make I’ll share this recipe. with my friends
    Thank you .

  41. Mmmm yummy 😋. Just made this with my 5 year old( although I didn’t wash the cherries 🍒) it’s so yummy and my cherry’s haven’t sunk. I had to use a round cake tin as my loaf tin was to small. And it only needed half hour cooking time.

    1. Fab to hear Jayne – Thanks for your comment Cx

  42. Hi there

    I do lots of baking, love trying different recipes, but had never made a cherry cake. A friend remarked how much he loves cherry cake etc so made one for a surprise. He loved it, was delicious, although majority of cherries were nearer the botton than spread out. My wife says I am a perfectionist, perhaps I am, but I just like hings as good as I can do. Anyway, cut cherries in half, washed & dried-even coated in some of the flour from recipe. Next time, think I will cut in quarters for a try.
    Thank you, easy recipe to folliw & lip smackingly good! Tonight I am going to try your lemon chicken recipe as Jenny (wife!) fancies a Chinese!?
    Will let you know what it was like….X

    1. Oh yes please do John! Love getting your comments Cx

  43. Hi
    Love baking but never before made cherry cake. Tried your recipe-yummy, though most cherries sank, despite washing,cutting in half then drying & covering in flour from recipe. Next time will cut maybe in quarters..
    Tonight am trying your lemon chicken recipe-will post how it goes!
    My 1st post disappeared, so apologies if it reappears do you have two about my cake. X

  44. My husbands favourite cake now! Made it x 3 and has turned out well . Only problem- it doesn’t last long.

    1. Oh lovely to hear Gwen! Thanks for your comment Cx

  45. I made this cake and followed the recipe but my cherries still sank to the bottom. The cake tasted amazing so I am going to do it again have you got any tips please

    1. Oh I’m sorry you cherries sank…. it’s a strange thing. Try really washing well, rolling in flour and maybe hold back on the milk Cx

  46. Have just taken cake out oven bit burnt round edges but still delicious. Cooked st 170 fan for 50 minutes. Covered for last 10 mins will foil

  47. I made it today 20 April 19 – came out perfectly and the cherries stayed where they should have ! The only thing was I baked it at 190 c but it took 90 mins to bake – it a problem though was lovely and moist.

  48. How many calories in this recipe please. Before I eat it all

  49. How many calories in this recipe please. Before I eat it all

    1. Zero ha ha – I have no idea Cx I can work it out

  50. I love this recipe I must of made it around 12 times but the cherries have always sunk until today! usually I just toss the cherries in flour but today I rolled them in plain flour leaving more flour on them and also my mixture was thicker resulting in my best ever Cherry cake!

    1. Fantastic Sandra – greta to hear!! Cx

  51. Hi made this this afternoon – cherries sunk and I followed the recipe- no matter still a lovely cake

    1. Oh sorry to hear that – seems to be no rhyme or reason – i keep trying to perfect the recipe 🙁

  52. I discovered your site by accident, it’s amazing 😉

  53. Great cake but the recipe is very hard to read as it is on a black background when you print

    1. Hi – if you use the PRINT ME button all the black has been taken out?? thanks Cx

  54. Absolutely gorgeous. I used Italian Glacé Morello Cherries and substituted half of the sugar with ground almonds, FAB-U-LOUS

    1. Fantastic to hear Pauline – glad you loved it Cx

  55. This is such a delicious cake! Have made it twice now, once for me and once for friends who raved about it. Couldn’t bear to wash the syrup off the glacé cherries lol, so they sink, even when I chop them smaller and put then only into one third of the mix and then put that into the tin last – but the cake tastes so good I’m not losing any sleep about it 🙂

  56. Is it ok to bake this cake in a round tin instead of a loaf shaped tin.

  57. Sounds delicious and quick to make. Many thanks

  58. About how long do I bake the cake for

    1. Hi Diane

      approx 1 hour – point 8 on method

      Thanks Cx

  59. Lovely recipe I changed vanilla extract for mixed spice.

  60. I will let you know how it is thanks I wrote the recipe in a book

  61. Hello thank you for the recipe, well, my cherries did sink, was disappointed, in the past I have always cut the cherries in half, I scanned your recipe and no mention of doing this.. So I didn’t… Did everything as per your recipe, but as you say… It doesn’t affect the taste!!! Going to try your other recipes… Thank you again

  62. Very good and easy instructions for a non Baker like me

  63. This turned out lovely. I rolled the cherries in flour to stop them sinking but they still sunk what am I doing wrong?

  64. It’s been a breeze to make and it’s now in the oven, smells fabulous, update coming up soon………..

  65. Try leaving your cherries overnight to dry, I use my grans recipe and that’s what she did and I’ve never had a sunken cherry

  66. I have just made the cherry loaf and it looks and tastes amazing, my cherries did not sink to the bottom so I am very glas

    1. Hey – well done – thanks for your message Cx

  67. Lovely moist cake …yummy

  68. Just copied recipe
    Will give it a try whilst i am in lockdown

  69. Can’t find the print me button.

    1. It’s on the right hand side in the yellow – it says PRINT ME x

  70. Thank you. Never baked before and the cake came out well.

  71. Delicious cake easy to follow.BUT in spite of carrying out all recommendations cherry’s sank! But as I’m on my own here no one else will see this issue and as I get to eat the whole cake I will get all the cherries .yum yum

  72. Just cut the cherries in half to reduce weight ,we were told that in our domestic science classes when making Xmas cakes ,and it has always works ,Iv made the recipes. for 50 yrs

  73. can you make without baking powder?

    1. Hi Caroline – you can try it – you will get a heavier cake without the traditional crack on top. But it will taste the same. Try not to over mix the flour at the end – should be ok – good luck! Cx

  74. Nothing happens when I press the print me button

    1. I’ve just checked hot and it works for me. Are you using the yellowfins print me button? Thanks Clare

  75. Just made this cherry cake. It’s absolutely delicious. Lovely taste and moist.
    So easy to make and the cherries didn’t sink to the bottom👍👍I did as suggested and washed and dried the cherries and rolled them in flour. Absolutely yummy😋😋thankyou xx

  76. Lorraine McCourt

    Made this cherry cake yesterday & doubled the mixture. Turned out really well & It was yummy. I quartered my cherries washed dryed & rolled them in flour. I also added 50gms of ground almonds & no cherries didn’t sink. I think you need to make sure your mixture isn’t too slack so I didnt use large eggs & also held some cherries back to add to the top just before they went into the oven. Well Worth the effort & delicious

  77. Delicious cake, thank you. Lasted 10mins.

  78. Great cake, cherries didn’t malfunction too much, going definitely make it again, may change it up to cherry & almond

  79. I made this today, adding some ground almonds (40g) as well. The cherries did not sink!! And it’s deliciously moist. A couple of years ago I made a Mary Berry recipe cherrycake, but your recipe is much better, and will be the one I will use in future. Thanks.

  80. My dad always loved cherry cake. He passed 10 years ago. My kids wanted me to make one to remember him. Your recipe made that possible. I lost his recipe but remember that I had to roll the cherries in finely crushed almonds. They didn’t sink! Thank you for a memorable moment.

    1. Oh how lovely – this has made my day – Thank you Cx

  81. I’m making the cake today…let’s see how it comes out

  82. Sheila from north London uk

    Dear Cx. Your cherry Madeira was delicious and so easy. It was a great “Lockdown” treat for my family

  83. The cake came out nice but a bit dry…how do i make it a bit more moist?

  84. Why can’t all the ingredients be put in the mixer at the same time?

    1. Hi Malcolm – this recipe isn’t an all in one one. I recommend you cream the butter and sugar and then the eggs – it’s all about air inclusion
      Thanks Cx

  85. Great tasting cake, will definitely make again. Cherries were in bottom half, will try making it thicker next time. Am going to try your other cakes too, thanks

  86. Can you use fresh cherries

    1. Hi, I haven’t tried it. But mauler have a go – guess it will be a different tedcyure – would love to hear if you do xx

  87. Hello, just about to try this cherry madeira cake – looks scrummy, and easy! Your recipes are a lovely way to spend time at home! Think I know the answer, but can I use fresh cherries instead – have just picked a load!

    1. Have a go – they will be a different rtexture in the cake though x

  88. Marie Carpenter

    As a novice baker I tried the cherry Maderia and hoped for the best! It turned out to be the best cake I have ever made although the cherries didn’t just sink they plummeted to the bottom ! However, it didn’t matter as the cake was delicious and I have another one cooking now. I am hoping for better results regarding the cherries. 😀

    1. Oh so lovely to hear xxx

  89. Doreen in Belfast

    My partner love’s this cake, he can’t get enough of it, I enjoy making it, easy recipe to follow, but must admit I’m a bit and miss with the sunken cherries not that my partner cares.

  90. Hello. Like everyone I’ve been downing more baking during lockdown. But I always stick to the same old favourites. Today I discovered the pot of cherry’s at the back of the cupboard that I buy each year for my Christmas cake. I then typed in cherry cake and so glad I tapped on your link first. Just loved ready the article about cherry cakes, also now very tempted by all the other cakes down the side. Thank you. I will be attempting the cherry cake shortly,in hopefully anticipation of placing a slice and a cup of tea by my husband and son busy working from the dining room table .

    1. Oh so lovely!! Let me know how you get on xx

  91. Great recipe, super easy. I added chocolate chips with my cherries and good even spread through the whole cake.

  92. Love your website Clare, your enthusiasm really inspires me to get baking😃! Your cherry cake recipe is similar to one in my old Bero flour recipe booklet that I’ve had for over 50 years, but somehow yours tastes so much better! Still can’t get those cherries to stay at the top though, even after rinsing, drying and coating in flour – but I’ll keep trying. Xx

    1. Oh thanks hunny xxx those flipping cherries xxx

  93. Just about to make this, as a friend has given me an enormous bowl of fresh cherries. Any instructions cos they’re not glace store-bought cherries?

    1. Hi Denise – I’ve never used fresh cherries in a Cherry Maderia – I’m sorry x

  94. Why did my Cherry Madeira go slightly crusty on top

    1. Oven temp? Xxx hope it tasted good xx

  95. I made the cherry Madeira and the cherries didn’t sink,but I put everything in the bowl except the cherries and whisked until smith then added cherries,the cake was the best I’ve ever made,thank you for the recipe.

  96. Lovely cake great texture didn’t last long !

  97. How long is the cooking time?!!!!

    1. Hi Jan – it’s point no 8? Thanks Clare

  98. Hi there. I’ve never been a cake maker (I only make a Christmas fruit cake which I have to say, unmodestly, is rather good). Anyway, here I am in the UK in lockdown with a glut of fresh cherries so decided to try your recipe. It was easy peasy to make and absolutely delicious. Though cherries all sunk & I rolled them in flour but I’d definitely make it again. Thank you.

    1. Lovely to hear x Thank you

  99. Hi My partner has been driving me mad to make him a cherry Madeira cake and was looking on internet and yours came up so I am giving it a go today – will see if I can spread the cherries through the cake and hope they do not sink as he may have some cheeky comments to make.

  100. Could you please give the recipe in millilitres as well as i am not very good with grams

    1. Hi Carol – I’m not sure I can – millilitres is a liquid measurement and the ingredients are dry
      Thanks Clare

  101. Hi , I have got some Lakeland plastic loaf tin liners . Do I have to grease those before I put the cake mixture in please ?

  102. I don’t seem to be able to print out any of your recipes unless I cut and paste from your website into word and then it appears on black background which isn’t great. Suspect I’m doing something obviously wrong…. help please! Cherry Madeira cake coming up….

    1. Hi Lovely
      Just use the PRINT ME button on the site – it strips out the colour for you xx

  103. I’ve been looking for a cherry coconut cake recipe and came across yours. Could I add in coconut the way some have added almonds? If this works, you may be my new BFF!!

    1. I think you can – please let me know and I’ll be your BFF too xx

  104. Printing!
    If you use the “PRINT ME” button on the webpage side panel, also disable “Background graphics” in your printer settings for easy-to-read black type on a white page.
    Made this lovely cake before and I’m just about to make another , but this time I only have two eggs. I’ll just use a little oil instead.
    Wish me luck 🙂

    1. Good luck – yes the print me button strips out the colour
      Website is due to be relaunched January too 🙂 x

  105. Love this recipe, but I made a couple of adjustments, I wash and cut the cherries and roll them in ground almonds wet as more will stick. Also use Almond extract and it tastes like a massive cherry Bakewell without the icing

  106. Fab cake, washed cherries and rolled in flour, guess what they sank, but who cares lovely cake, yum, yum, will def make again xx

  107. I can’t see a Print Me button anywhere!

    1. It’s there Lynn – on a desktop on the right in a yellow box x

  108. Just made this now for my partner as he loves carry cale and so does my son and little girl let you know how I get on

  109. My cake sank in the middle. Easy recipe to follow. Any tips?

  110. This is my favourite cake of all time. So easy to make and if the cherries do sink which mine did it’s still lovely. Trouble was it didn’t last long enough once hubby started cutting into it. Double quantities next time I think.

    1. Lovely to hear xx Thank you

  111. I just tried this and you were right about doubling the ingredients!! I made a large one just yesterday and it is almost all gone today. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    1. Great to hear Wendy 🙂 Thank you

  112. Tastes delicious but for some reason it collapsed in the middle and was quite dense. Not a novice baker so a bit confused. Will try it again though.

  113. Absolutely fantastic delicious cherry 🍒 cake

    1. So lovely to hear – thank you x

  114. Where is the print button?

    1. It’s on the right hand side in the yellow panel – Thanks

  115. I found this to be too sweet and it is not rise very well. I followed the recipe to the letter. The cherries also sank to the bottom. Also the cake was a bit burnt, had to cut the sides off. I was going to give it to someone as a gift, but changed my mind. Iwillta, with less sugar and at a lower temperature. Not sure what I can do about about sinhrries though. I did keep some back to place on the top, but it didn’t work.

  116. Elizabeth Bennett Nicol

    This was my favourite as a child. In Scotland we would traditionally have this at Hogmanay along with plain Madeira Cake and a currant Madeira cake also. I’m going to make all three tomorrow, so excited.

  117. Hi made this and it was really good easy to make and my cherries 🍒 stopped at the top thanks Dean p.s never baked

  118. Can you convert the grams please

    1. Hi Kelly – there are 28.3g to an one – so just divide – Thanks

  119. Ive just made this cake for the first time.couldnt stop eating it.

  120. Amazing cherry Madeira cake, it only lasted one evening, so making 2 this time!!

    1. Oh great to hear x Thank you

  121. Hi, is the 180C for a fan oven? If not, how much should I reduce the temperature by? Thanks

    1. Yes 180C fan – if not browns too much – reduce by 10 degrees x


  123. Not a baker, more an eater but being Gluten Free I have to bake if I want cake. Just had a mad craving for Cherry Cake. Never made one ever. Internet search and you came up. Gave it a go. Used my normal GF flour, didn’t have vanilla essence or baking powder but did not make any difference. Was sensational and my cherries didn’t sink! First time baking it! Go me. But you were right. Do need to make double as eaten half of it already! Thank you! My kind of recipe! Delicious.

    1. Oh Jane that’s so good to hear!! Well done x

  124. Going to cut sugar content a bit as finding things bit too sweet at mo, looked it up and it said anything up to 25% is ok so I figure my weights will be 125 caster sugar now, let you know how it goes!

  125. Love your recipes. I’ve started to enjoy Baking again. Thank you xx

    1. Oh – I LOVE that – thank you x

  126. Not had cherry madeira cake in yonks! Will be baking in the coming days.

  127. Pat Crosthwaite

    Thank you …just made you cherry madeira….fantastic.I used 3/4 of cherry’s then pushed the rest into mix just before baking worked a treat xx

    1. Oh so please to hear x

  128. Can I use granulated sugar instead of caster sugar

    1. Yes – maybe whiz it in a food processor first, or in a double plastic bag and hit it with a rolling pin, try and make it a little finer – thanks

  129. Can this be frozen

    1. I haven’t tried myself – but can see no reason why not as long as it wrapped well x

  130. Christelle Rohland

    Just baked your Cherry Madeira without an electric whisk, so it took a bit of elbow grease, but nevertheless came out perfect and well worth the effort! Delicious….and the cherries did not sink!

    1. Oh so fab to hear – Thank you xxx

  131. 5 stars
    Delicious. Ed

    1. Thanks Ed – Great you liked it – and I hear your cherries didn’t’t sink 🙂

  132. 5 stars
    Absolutely brilliant recipe. I would use no other. Love a loaf cake xx

    1. Great to hear Jenny x thanks

  133. 5 stars
    I’m not a baker but this cake turns out beautifully I’ve done it 4 times now!

    1. Oh so great to hear x

  134. 5 stars
    Great recipe I added 1/2 a cup of coconut to the recipe and cut back a little on the sugar my hubby loved it thx again

    1. Oh great to hear – thank you

  135. 5 stars
    Hey Claire, me and my partner made this tonight and it was amazing! We substituted the sugar for Canderel but it was really good and will most probably be gone by tomorrow 😋 Thank you so much for sharing- I’m going to have to try the chocolate loaf cake next 😊

    1. Oh wow – so glad it worked for you – I’d be really interested in hearing how much canderel you used! Thanks so much for your comments
      BR Clare x

  136. 5 stars
    Just made this cake & although I haven’t tasted it yet it looks great & I don’t think the cherries have sunk to the bottom, I rolled in flour as you suggested

  137. How does one try to moisten a cherry cake that is somewhat dry.

    1. Warm it up and serve it with custard xx

  138. 5 stars
    I’m a total novice baker and I’ve now made this cake six times! Each time it’s been perfect! (Although I did burn the first one 🙈)
    It’s moist -the ‘how to not sink cherries’ tip works and it has a lovely crispy top when cooled. Delish with butter after a few days too. Thanks!

    1. Oh fabulous to hear – thanks Coral – appreciate you taking tech time to let me know xx


    Made the cherry cake yesterday and it’s absolutely delicious. Perfect recipe and handy hint for cherries definitely works. I’ll be trying other cakes too🍰.thanks for sharing.

    1. Great to hear Helen and thanks for your comment x

  140. 4 stars
    Lovely recipe thank you .

  141. Can you freeze this

    1. Hi Susan

      Yes you can – wrap well in foil and pop in an airtight container, freeze and use within a month

      Thanks Clare

  142. kathleen brown

    Hi, only have 8 inch square cake tin , would i need to make more mix and if so how long to cook thank you . cathy,

    1. Hi – I’ve never made it in a square tin I’m afraid as it’s a loaf cake – I would do 1.5 times the mix and adjust the cooking temp I would imagine
      Let me know how you get on x

  143. 5 stars
    I made a large cherry and lemon cake with a similar recipe.

    Just add a tablespoon of lemon for a still gorgeous cake!

    I washed, dried and halved the glacè cherries, coated in flour but they still sank as usual. I will try putting them on top next time and update you.

    1. Great to hear Jacqui x

  144. Absolutely delicious although my cherries did sink to the bottom after being washed, dried and covered in flour. I will definitely make it againx

  145. Taken out oven after hour seem to be not cooked as tested and seem gooey in middle any advice please cooked in middle oven gas mark 4 thanksc

    1. Hi Julie
      Sorry to hear that – all ovens vary – my advise if baked for longer until your skewer comes out clean – Thanks Clare

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