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Rice Flour Madeira Cake

This Gluten-Free Madeira Cake is made with rice flour for an incredibly tender crumb. Spiked with vanilla and lemon this simple buttery loaf cake is made with easy to find ingredients and no weird gums. It’s the perfect slice to accompany your mid-morning cup of tea.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 332kcal


  • 175 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs medium
  • 125 g white rice flour
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan assisted oven / gas mark 4 and line and grease a 2lb loaf tin.
  • Cream the butter and sugar with the lemon zest on a high speed in a food mixer for about 5 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and mix until completely incorporated, then add the vanilla extract.
  • Sieve the rice flour with the ground almonds, baking powder and salt in a separate mixing bowl, then add into the food mixer. Beat until well combined.
  • Stir in the milk to lighten the batter then pour into the loaf tin.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave to settle for 5 minutes in its tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack and sprinkle with the extra caster sugar.
  • Leave to cool completely before serving.




Rice Flour. You can substitute for an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend like Doves Farm Plain White Gluten-Free Flour.
Ground Almonds. You can substitute for sunflower seed flour.
Cake Tin. This recipe uses a 2lb loaf tin but you could bake the cake in an 8 inch round cake tin with 4” sides if you prefer.

Baking tips

Creaming. Beat the butter and sugar together for at least 5 minutes so that the sugar dissolves into the butter. The ingredients will change colour to a pale yellow and become fluffy in texture. It is essential the butter is at room temperature to achieve this which will result in a light airy cake.
Sifting. It’s important to sift the ground almonds in with the rice flour as the almonds have a tendency to clump.
Caster sugar. The final sprinkle of caster sugar is essential for a lovely texture contrast. Sprinkle over whilst the cake is still warm so it doesn’t immediately fall off the sides.

How to store

Store the Madeira Cake in an airtight tin in a cool dark place for up to 5 days.

How to freeze

Wrap up well though in a double layer of cling film and aluminium foil to ward off any freezer burn. Defrost completely overnight before wrapping and serving.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg