Lemon-sultana madeira cake

by Ed Halmagyi


  • 185g unsalted butter, softened
  • 185g caster sugar
  • finely-grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 125g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 125g almond meal
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup sultanas


1 Preheat oven to 160°C. Combine the butter, caster sugar and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 5 minutes, until light. Beat in the eggs, yolks and vanilla.
2 Fold in the flour, almond meal cardamom, sultanas and 2 Tbsp lemon juice, then spoon into a lined medium loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a skewer can be inserted and removed cleanly. Cool on a wire rack.
3 Whisk the icing sugar with 1 Tbsp lemon juice until smooth, then spoon over the cake.