The cake has a firm yet light texture. It is eaten with tea or (occasionally) for breakfast and is traditionally flavoured with lemon.
Why is it called a madeira cake?
Because the famous fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands is also called Madeira. … Having a slice with a glass of Madeiran wine became such common practice that everyone began to associate it with the wine and eventually named the cake after it.
What is Madeira famous for?
The region is noted for its Madeira wine, gastronomy, historical and cultural value, flora and fauna, landscapes (laurel forest) that are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and embroidery artisans.
Why does my Madeira cake crack?
An imbalance in the recipe. Too much flour or too little liquid such as milk or eggs, for example, will cause the batter to be thick and less ‘flexible’, and result in cracking on the surface as the cake bakes, as well as a heavy, dense texture.
What do British call Poundcakes?
It is also worth noting that the “Pound Cake” is now known by many names; “Madeira Cake” or “Yellow Cake” even simply “Loaf Cake”. No matter what it’s called, one thing is for sure! The simple sponge cake recipe has stood the test of time and remained a staple for home baking!