Honey cake from Madeira

Honey cake from Madeira

Honey cake from Madeira

The Madeiran Family Cake, also known as the Madeira Honey Cake, is present in the Madeira houses in most family gatherings, with the main highlight in the Christmas season being one of the main Christmas recipes of this region.
It is rich in typical ingredients such as sugarcane honey and Madeira wine. Follow the recipe and delight yourself!
Honey cake from Madeira


  • 500 g yeast wheat flour
  • 400 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 250 g butter
  • 50 g lard
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 nutmeg
  • 2 dl cane honey
  • 1 glass of Madeira wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 75 g candied fruits
  • 75 g nuts

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Chop the nuts and candied fruits.
  2. Sift together sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Mix with the fruits and combine everything with sugarcane honey, eggs, milk, Madeira wine and fats (not melted).
  3. Knead very well and pour the preparation in a greased form with the bottom lined with parchment paper. The shape should be round and have the capacity of 2 liters (24 cm in diameter by 6 in height).
  4. Bring to a bake in a hot oven 200C (392F) for 1.15 h. about. In the middle of the baking cover the cake with a parchment paper and reduce the heat a little to 180C (356F).

Honey cake is the most famous candy in Madeira, characterized by its round and flat shape and the shelf life, which can go up to 1 year.
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This delicious Madeira Honey Cake or Madeiran Family Cake, can be stored for a month after its confection if properly conditioned.

The LivingBetter.pt team wishes you a good appetite!

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