Orange Madeira Cake

Natalie Oldfield has lovingly selected 76 recipes from the notebooks of her grandmother, 95-year-old Dulcie May Booker. Today’s Orange Madeira Cake is one of her favourites.


  • 340g sugar
  • 340g butter
  • orange, rinded
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 orange, juiced and rinded
  • boiling water

To make the cake, 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 at 180°C for 1 1/4 hours.

To make the icing, beat together icing sugar, butter and orange juice. Add boiling water as required to reach a smooth consistency. Spread evenly over cooled cake.

Recipe taken from Gran’s Kitchen by Natalie Oldfield

Seventy-six of the best tried-and-true homemade recipes from a bygone era, lovingly selected from the notebooks of 95-year-old Dulcie May Booker. Compiled by her granddaughter Natalie Oldfield, Gran’s Kitchen is sure to satisfy those who love traditional cookery in a very personal way. A little of the old, a little new, it is full of simple, comforting, and easy-to-make cakes, breakfasts, dinners, and desserts, as well as her secrets to award-winning baking and preserving. Not only is this a beautiful cookbook, but it is also filled with wonderful family love and community spirit. At times achingly nostalgic, Gran’s Kitchen is peppered with reminiscences and photographs of a once typical but now disappearing lifestyle of pastoral dances and neighbourhood dressmakers.

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