Not all cakes are created equal. Some are fancy and complicated to make, and some are easy and a no brainer at all, just like this Orange Madeira Cake. I used to be scared in making cakes, I guess that could be attributed to the first cake that I baked that did not turned out as expected. I was pretty ambitious and excited when I was starting my baking adventure and I dived in immediately in making Black Forrest Cake for my first cake. Not a good idea at all, that was a lesson learned to me. When learning new things, I always find it good to start with the basic or with something simple. Simple doesn’t mean boring, sometimes the most simplest thing could turn out to be the best one. So don’t under estimate the power of simplicity especially when it comes to baking. This is one thing I love about this recipe, it’s so simple and easy, but its not boring at all. I would even recommend this cake as a starter cake for someone who’s learning how to bake.
I’ve made Madeira Cake before and I noticed that the common problem is that the cake has a tendency to be dry because the recipe normally calls for all butter. I slightly tweak the recipe to use mostly butter and some flavorless oil. The butter remains to be the center of attention that will give the cake creamy taste. You know more butter more taste, and more sinfully delicious. The oil will give moisture to the cake, so that the texture will not turn dry. Basically, the blend of butter and oil is what I find to be the best for this recipe.
The cake turned out lighter but not dry and the flavor of the butter still stands out. The intense orange flavor gave this Madeira a different twist, and the light orange glaze on top definitely sealed the deal for me. I used a very light glaze coating as I do not like it to be too sweet, but if you prefer the thick solid white glaze, feel free to add more sugar. I have to warn you though, it could get really sweet, unless that is how you like your cake. Now, before we start, let me point out some things that we should remember in making this cake. This little tips could make or break your cake, so there’s no harm on taking few more minutes to read it.
Tips to a Successful Soft and Fluffy Madeira Cake:
- Room temperature ingredients: Since the process requires creaming butter, sugar and eggs, it is very important that the ingredients is in room temperature so that it creams easily. This will result into a lighter, fluffier mixture which is essential to achieve a lighter cake. If you don’t have time to wait for the eggs to be at room temperature (normally 30 min outside the refrigerator), you can submerge it in hot water (not boiling water) for 5 minutes, that should do the job. I have some basic information about Eggs in Baking, check it out!
- Blend of butter and Oil: Most Madeira recipes calls for all butter, I believe that is the classic version of it, more like a pound cake. In this recipe, I made it a blend of butter and oil to satisfy both the taste and moist texture. Creamy buttery taste from butter, and soft and moist texture from oil.
- Do not over mix: This goes without saying with regards to most (if not all) cakes, muffins, loaf bread and sometimes cookies. The longer the batter is mix, the tougher and dense the end product will be. So stop as soon as all ingredients are mix through.
- Alternate addition of flour and liquid: Do not dump the wet ingredients all at once as this could get the mixing longer which could result to tougher cake. Do it alternate as mentioned in steps below.
There you go, 4 simple tips to a soft and fluffy cake that deserves a standing ovation. Let’s get started!
- 6 tbsp butter, at room temperature (about 1 hr in room temperature)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten – room temperature
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cake flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp flavorless oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp milk
- Zest of 2 large Orange
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 4 tsp orange juice or milk
- zest of 2 large orange
Note: This glaze has a very thin consistency, if you prefer a thick and solid glaze you have to double the icing sugar and add a little bit more orange juice until you get the thickness of consistency that you like.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C.
- Cream Butter & Sugar: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and pale in color (about 5 – 10 minutes). Add vanilla extract and continue mixing until vanilla extract is mix through.
- Add Eggs: While the machine is running, slowly pour in the beaten eggs and continue mixing until fully incorporated, another 3 minutes. Scrape the side of the bowl from time to time.
- Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, flour, salt and orange zest.
- Dry + Wet Ingredients: Turn the machine on low and gradually add the flour, milk and oil alternately in 2 addition (flour, milk, flour, oil) mix just incorporated (about 30 seconds). Take care not to over mix once the flour is added or it can toughen your cake.
- Transfer in a Pan: Spray with oil an 8-inch round pan and line with parchment paper. Pour the batter and level the top using a spatula or back of a spoon.
- Bake for 26 – 28 minutes or until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. The cake will also start to pull away from the side of the pan. Start checking at 26 minutes to avoid over baking. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before adding the glaze.
- Make the Glaze: Mix icing sugar, orange zest and orange juice until smooth and fluid. Pour over the cake and leave for 30 minutes for the glaze to solidify. The humidity could affect the solidification of the glaze. If you are in a colder place, it could solidify faster. If you like a thicker sweeter glaze, add more icing sugar.
Enjoy! If you make this, share and tag me in Instagram #SweetNSpicyLiving. I would like to see your creations too.
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