Madeira Honey Cake Recipe

Madeira Honey Cake Recipe

Madeira Honey Cake Recipe

Nov 19, 2018

Madeira Island Honey Cake Receipe

The Madeira Honey Cake is one of the most traditional delicacies of Madeiran gastronomy. It is made with honey from sugar cane and has the particularity of being preserved for a long time.

Madeira Honey Cake is traditionally linked to Christmas. Usually it’s prepared on December 8, the day of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, in order to acquire in this period the characteristics that makes it unique.


Madeira Honey Cake Recipe:

1 kg Flour
500 gr Sugar
1/4 Lard (Melted pork fat)
1/4 Butter
1 Liter of Honey
2 Eggs
1/4 Cider
1/4 of Almond
1/4 Raisins
1/2 Cup of milk
1 packet of sodium carbonate (2 tablespoons and a half)
500 grs whole walnuts
10 grams of fennel
10 grams of cloves of India
10 gr from Maranhão (a type of Clove)
10 gr of Axa (a type of Clove)
10 gr of Flower (a type of Clove)
10 gr of nutmeg



Put the honey, the butter and the lard in a pan to melt. Allow to cool.
Set aside the flour, sugar, spices and soda in a bowl.
Meanwhile, moisten the milk and add to the prepared to facilitate better wrapping. Add the eggs and stir well, finally add the warm honey and remaining ingredients.
At the end, add the chopped nuts, wrap it all in and place it in the oven at 180º during 35 minutes.