I am back with a Summer Fruit Madeira Cake!

Summer Fruit Madeira Cake

I can not believe it has been over a year since I last posted! A lot has happened in that time, I made the decision to further my education by doing a masters with Heriot-Watt. The campus is on Orkney so I moved up here bought a house (a working project!), got two kittens (now cats) and I only have my dissertation left to do now as I had my exams last week.


I am not sure how this blog is going to continue as I had an interview for a job on Monday which if I get means I will not have a lot of time for cooking so it may turn into a speedy recipes for foodies or if I don’t get the job I will have lots of time so keep tuned and I will let you know when I hear about the job. It will probably also include the problems of finding all of the ingredients that I would like on Orkney. It has most things but I do miss the earthy market in Edinburgh.


As summer here never feels like it is going to arrive I thought I would give it a helping hand by making a summer fruit Madeira cake. I have never made this before so it is a bit of an experiment as I changed the recipe a bit. It is still in the oven at the moment so I can not tell you how good it is but by the time I have written this it should be ready.


20130501-125331.jpgSummer fruit Madeira cake

  • 175g/6oz butter
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g/2oz ground almonds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 50g/2oz plain flour
  • 100g/4oz self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 200g/8oz mixed summer fruits (frozen or fresh, I used frozen)
  • Flaked almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/ gas mark 3/ fan oven 140C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and slowly add the eggs
  3. Mix in the zest, ground almonds, plain flour, self raising flour and milk
  4. Fold in the mixed summer fruits and pour the mixture into a lined baking tin, flatten it out and then sprinkle over some flaked almonds
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Leave to cool.

Enjoy! H x


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