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.