Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maderia Muffins

I recently acquired Nigella's cookbook "How to be a Domestic Goddess" and the first recipe I made from there was the Maderia Cake.  I was short on time, so decided to bake this simple but tasty recipe as muffins.  Nigella believes this is the sort of plain cake recipe you can't see the point of...until you start slicing and eating it.


240g softened unsalted butter
200g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 large eggs
210g self-raising flour
90g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare a 24 muffin tray.  Cream the butter and sugar, and add the lemon zest.  Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour for each.  Then gently mix in the rest of the flour, and finally, the lemon juice.  Sprinkle with caster sugar (about 2 tbsp should do it) as it goes into the oven, and bake for 1 hour or until a cake-tester comes out clean.


  1. Ooh I've missed this recipe! I do love madeira cake though, it was one of my favourite cakes as a child :)

  2. These look wonderful - very elegant!

  3. Sometimes the most delicious foods come in the simplest forms. Very lovely.

  4. I make sometimes madeira cake but, I never try it in muffins version! Good idea! These sounds really delicious :)

  5. How to be a Domestic Goddess was the very first cookbook I bought and the book that made me discover my love and enjoyment for baking! Love this book.

    I've baked the same Madeira cake and it's gorgeous. Your muffins look perfect!


  6. Bonjour,
    Je suis Alina, Francaise et moi aussi, j'ai une passion pour la patisserie, professeur d'Anglais et auteur d'un blog, vous etes la bienvenue!

  7. I adore Maderia cake - never thought of baking them as muffins though - pure genius!

  8. Looks great. Nigella has some great recipes :)

  9. I don't have Nigella's lovely book but this recipe looks simple and making it into muffins
    sound a great idea! (better for deep freezing then defrosting just 1 to go with coffee)

  10. I love how lemon tastes in cakes! These look great!

  11. Looks simple but yummy! Got to try this out. I do not have any of Nigella's book, come close to get them a couple of times, though! Thanks for sharing this!

  12. I need to add to my cookbook collection with this. I love to watch Nigella on TV. I love how she loves to eat! I browsed around, you have tons of fun recipes, especially lots of chocolate recipes lately, I would love them.

    I got to stay 2 weeks in Paris with friends who were in charge of study abroad for BYU. They lived 2 blocks from the Eiffel tower and we lived in a beautiful flat that was so typical. Right across the street was a little grocery store. Her kitchen was probably 8x10 with only a little table for 2 shoved against the wall and maybe 3 feet of counter space but we had such fun cooking in it and going to the store across the street to see what inspired us for dinner that night. One night she sent my husband out 3 times, but it was not much more than running to the basement. How fun! Hope you realize your dream to live there someday.

  13. I think it's often plainer cakes, like a madeira, that are the yummiest. Nice sponge with a good buttery taste can't be beaten!

  14. They sound wonderful!! I like them plainer myself, not a big frosting fan. I like to enjoy good CAKE. Thanks!

  15. Wonderful simple and delicious cupcakes. Everyone needs a fantastic cake recipe, and this one fits the bill. Thanks for sharing...

  16. Are these cupcakes dry? Some Madeira i have tried is very dry..and i don't quite like it.

    You asked about those cups..yes, i bought it at the local baking supplies store. I think it's quite common though I'm not sure if they have them in Australia though. If you can't find them, let me know and i can mail some over to you.

  17. Looks really yum with simple ingredients, moist and buttery...

  18. MY GOD, Your Blog is the land of milk and honey! ;)
    I'm so in love with it and your recipes.
    All of them look so delicious and gorgeous.
    I would be so glad if you want to take a look at my Blog. :)
    Lovely regards,

    xx, Jana from petit fournil de paris. :)

  19. Sometimes the very best way to try out a cake's ingredients is exactly how you concocted cute tasty muffins ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

    P.S. Brittany, there's a little something on my AWARDS page for you ;o)

  20. Hello again, oh Murderer of diets. Why do I keep coming back? For more vicarious reading about your kitchen antics. Love it. Great post. Keri

  21. I love Nigella's recipes! These look delicious. Sometimes the simple flavored cakes are the best. I think these fit the bill:)

  22. These look like they'd be perfect with a cup of tea. :)

  23. I love Nigella. She's awesome. I like how simple this recipe is. Yum!


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