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Delicious recipe for Orange Madeira Cake | Citrus Recipe | British Cake Recipe

Orange Madeira Cake With Cinnamon Rum Glaze

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  • Author: The Teatime Baker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cake


A lovely twist on traditional madeira cake. The refreshing orange flavor of the cake is enhanced by a cinnamon spice glaze. Enjoy yours with tea or wine!


  • 1 3/4 cups (230g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest of one orange – I used a large Navel
  • 1 stick (113g) butter
  • 3/4 cup (180g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (62g) plain greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice (fresh)
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp Captain’s spiced rum (or sub 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tsp water)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon



  1. Pre-heat oven to 340F (170C) and grease an 8″ round pan.
  2. Zest and juice a large orange.
  3. Combine flour baking powder and orange zest – set aside.
  4. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time and beat well in between.
  6. Add yogurt, vanilla and orange juice and mix gently.
  7. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  8. Pour into cake pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check after 40 minutes – don’t worry if it develops a crack down the middle. That is the mark of a good Madeira Cake!
  9. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.


  1. Put sugar, rum, orange juice, and cinnamon into a small pan. With the lid on bring to a rolling boil over medium heat. Brush all the glaze onto your cake with a pastry brush – this way you can make sure every inch is well coated!
  2. Top with candied orange slices if desired and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


I used well ripened navel oranges for this cake. Depending on the size of your orange you may be able to get all 4 Tablespoons of juice for the cake and glaze from one orange.

Set your oven rack into the middle or lower middle of the oven – this will make sure that your cake doesn’t over brown before it is fully baked.

A perfect Madeira Cake will have a crack down the middle!