Lemon & Lavender Madeira Cake

Lemon & Lavender Madeira Cake Recipe

This year it’s clear from Facebook that everyone was geared up for the new series of the Great British Bake Off. And yes, it’s lovely to having to look forward to turning the tv on to watch.

And it didn’t take long for the need to bake to take hold, and to join in again with Jenny’s link up– the Return of the Great British Bloggers Bake Off 2015 style.

So, with lavender straight from my mum and dad’s garden, I decided to team my usual fruit filled recipes with a little extra.

Lemon & Lavender Madeira Cake Recipe

It was lovely to be baking again with a few clues to judge my success from watching last night’s episode, I did a little happy dance as my single crack appeared, and whilst I’m thinking a little more lavender could probably have been included, I really appreciated the additional flavour- and even CM who “doesn’t like lemons” really like the cake because she “couldn’t taste the lemons just the pretty flowers”, hubby and I disagreed but if she’s going to help eat the cake, that’s all good.
Lemon & Lavender Madeira Cake

Lemon & Lavender Madeira Cake
Yields 1
A flavour filled Madeira cake, perfect for summer.
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Prep Time
30 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 175g caster sugar
  3. 2 tsps lavender flowers
  4. Zest of 1 lemon
  5. 3 medium eggs
  6. 250g self-raising flour, sifted
  7. 1tsp baking powder
  8. 50g caster sugar
  9. 1/2 lemon juiced
  10. 50g icing sugar
  11. 1tsp lavender flowers
  12. 1/2 lemon juiced
  1. Grease and line a loaf tin
  2. Preheat the oven at 140 degrees celcius
  3. Cream the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and lavender flowers in a mixing bowl.
  4. Combine the flour and baking powder in a seperate bowl.
  5. Gradually add the eggs to the wet mixture and combine, add a tablespoon of the flour mix if needed to prevent splitting.
  6. With the eggs combined, gradually fold in the flour mixture until fully combined.
  7. Pour mixture into a loaf tin.
  8. Bake in oven for 60 minutes or until well risen and golden brown (ensure a skewer comes out clean).
  9. Leave on cooling rack, in tin to cool.
  10. Whilst cooling, add caster sugar and lemon juice to saucepan, and heat in a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar is fully melted.
  11. Pour syrup over the cake and leave for a few minutes.
  12. Remove from tin and leave to cool fully.
  13. Mix icing sugar, lavender and lemon juice to create icing, drizzle over cake.
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  • Reply
    Jenny Paulin
    August 7, 2015 at 07:44

    Firstly, I love the new look blog (sorry it has taken me this long to pop over and take a look!)
    Secondly, your cake looks beautiful! I have never used lavender in baking before – i think i worry that it will make things taste like those parma violet sweets!
    Thanks for linking up xx
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    Cathy Glynn
    August 7, 2015 at 14:24

    This looks amazing and so pretty, it seems a shame to eat it x
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    The Beesley Buzz
    August 7, 2015 at 15:05

    I know what you mean about the clues to success – I was also overjoyed at the crack, the mound and the close texture when mine came out the oven. I really love that you’ve included lavender and your photos are oh so pretty! popping by from #gbbobloggers2015 linky
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    Carrie-Time to be an Adult
    August 7, 2015 at 15:29

    Every time I’ve made a madeira sponge I’ve been annoyed that it cracked…it’s only after watching that I found out it’s supposed to have one!!

    Lovely sounding combination of flavours, I guess it must be quite a refreshing flavour 🙂
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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    August 7, 2015 at 16:50

    I love using lavender in cakes and lemon and lavender is a classic combination! Simply delicious! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
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    Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    August 9, 2015 at 20:46

    I love that you added fresh lavender from your parents garden, adds a lovely twist to the classic recipe.
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    August 9, 2015 at 21:17

    Mmm I really like the sound of this. I bet the lavender makes it really fresh. I will definitely be trying this 🙂
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    Stacey Guilliatt
    August 29, 2015 at 21:56

    Love the idea of lemon & lavender together! It looks gorgeous x #gbbobloggers2015
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