Madeira Cake Question...

Baking By Elise87 Updated 15 Aug 2009 , 9:47pm by JuneHawk

Elise87 Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 7:58am
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I was wondering if someone could tell me the difference between a Madeira cake and a basic butter cake? The recipes i have for both of them look very much the same in terms of ingredients

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BakingGirl Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 8:33am
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I may be wrong but to me Madeira cake is just the British name for a butter cake.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 9:36am
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Yes, they are similar, but I would liken Madeira more to pound cake. It can be a bit on the dry side if you don't have a good recipe (don't ever use Debbie Brown's, it's vile!), but I always add a good dash of milk/buttermilk to the batter to help avoid that. HTH!

Elise87 Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 10:54am
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oh ok well i not sure about this recipe it is just from a cake decorating book i have but it looks like it's alright, just guess it's trial and error with recipes lol

Thanks for yr help

JuneHawk Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 9:47pm
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As far as I know, the name "madeira cake " comes from the fact that this cake was originally eaten while drinking madeira wine.

It's just a butter cake.....a really good butter cake.

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