I've been wanting to try this recipe for a while, I thought I had read the ingredients list wrong at first, eight eggs! Really?!
Over the winter months our chickens did not lay and for a while we were buying eggs. So now they are in full production mode again we have plenty of eggs and a chance to bake this cake without feeling guilty about the amount of eggs I was using.
Our chickens are actually bantams so their eggs are a little smaller which was still fine for this cake. Our girls eat a lot of kibbled maize too so the very yellow yolks made for a very yellow cake.
This makes a huge cake and is delicious - so enjoy!
Orange Madeira Cake
You will need:
12 oz (340g) Butter
12 oz (340g) Sugar
Rind of 1 Orange (I used 2)
8 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Milk
2 large cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter
Juice and rind of 1 Orange
Beat butter and sugar to a cream. Add orange rind, beaten eggs and then milk.
Sift all dry ingredients in separate bowl and fold through wet ingredients.
Bake in moderate oven at 350F (180C) for 1 1/4 hours.
For the icing - beat together icing sugar, butter and orange juice. Add boiling water as required to reach a smooth consistency. Spread over cooled cake.