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?

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 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 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

5 from 6 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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

    1. Warm it up and serve it with custard xx

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