I love having a really simple recipe I can throw together without having to think about it much. This lemon madeira cake is perfect to make when you're in rush, or exhausted and brain-dead but have someone coming round for tea and you need a simple, tasty cake to serve. I recommend doubling the recipe and making two at the same time - one for now and one for the freezer. It's a brilliant standby to have up your sleeve!
Easy Lemon Madeira Cake
180g self-raising flour
150g caster sugar (plus some to decorate)
125g butter, softened
1 tsp Limoncello (optional)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
Preheat the oven to 170C and grease and line a 1lb loaf tin. Add all the ingredients until a large bowl and mix until just smooth (be careful not to over mix). Pour the batter into the prepared tin, level the top and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for about an hour, or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to rest in the tin for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool and sprinkling more sugar on top.
Enjoy with a nice cup of tea and a good friend (or perhaps whilst reading the latest OFG Book Club choice).