Cherry Madeira Cake

Cherry Madeira Cake

SHOUTS CAKE!!!!! Cherry Madeira 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 traditional Cherry Madeira cake 

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 easy 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!

Just look how these cherries have decided to sit in the Madeira cake 🙂 


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 Madeira Cake Batter 

Just look at that cherry cake batter 

Cherry Madeira



Can we avoid Sinking Cherries in a Cherry Cake?

The issue with Cherry Madeira 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 recipe 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 Madeira Cake – but not a cherry one 

Here’s another Madeira cake – just a plain and simple Ice Madeira. 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! 

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 


And finally a new Classic Bake – my easy Bakewell Tart 

Just look at my Bakewell Tart!  I love old fashioned bakes don’t you?

So I thought as it’s new,  I’ll share it here 🙂 

A baked Bakewell Tart with a slice cut out


And finally another Cherry Recipe 

Here are my wonderful and very easy Cherry Scones – they can be on the table in about 30 minutes. 

We love them, why not have a go 


Tray of baked Cherry Scones


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Come over and join this great honest and Large community Facebook for Old School Recipes if you’re interested

 Just use the join button if you like real home cooked tasty easy food!!

Loads of tips and tricks – I promise

Oh and why not join me on Instagram – I’d love to see you there 🙂 


Big love Clare x

Cherry Madeira Cake , sliced on a plate

Cherry Madeira Cake

4.92 from 24 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
    Hi Clare,

    Love the blog here. Some great recipes. I tried the Cherry Madeira at the weekend and it was great. Sinking cherries but i dont mind that.

    Onto some of your others now.

    1. So lovely to hear Kevin – thanks so much
      Let me know which one you try next
      The chocolate loaf cake is fab too

  2. 5 stars
    Easy recipe, easy to make turned out perfect.
    No sinking cherries.

    1. So so great to hear Richard – thanks for commenting x

  3. 5 stars
    Made the apple and fruit cake today. So easy and oh my goodness it’s delicious! I can’t see it staying in the cake tin for more than 2 days! I’m doing the Cherry Madeira next week 😋

  4. 4 stars
    i wish you had a recipe book i struggle to write the recipes i have macula de generation .an eye disease so i dont have a smart phone i make fruit loaves and more .i will try your lemon drizzle and cherry madera .i like loaf cakes easier to make .i buy my liners .lakeland or amazon .thankyou for all the different loaf cakes .its easy getting your recipes than going through a lot of cook books .oh i must write down your easy bakewell i hope i can find the recipe again thank you the simpler cakes bring back memories of my childhood my dad was a good baker especialy his clootie dumpling x

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