Sunday, 11 May 2014

Orange Madeira Miniature Cake

Summertime has arrived (though you may not have noticed here in Ireland) and this afternoon I got all inspired to make something petite and pretty. I got this little cake stand as a present about a year ago, and keep it in my sitting room. Since then, I have been meaning to make a little cake in order to put it to good use, and this afternoon my good intentions finally resulted in a little action. This cake is a moist orange Madeira covered in orange buttercream and fondant icing. A perfect cake for two people, the joys of a picture perfect cake without all the tempting leftovers.

Orange Madeira Miniature Cake

55g butter
55g dark brown sugar
85g self-raising flour
1 egg (beaten)
Zest of 1 orange

1. Preheat over to 180°C. Grease a 3 inch diameter tin (4 inches in height). 
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the beaten egg a little at a 
3. Next add the orange zest. Then fold in the flour, adding a little at a time until well combined.
5. Bake for 40 minutes or until risen and firm to touch. Insert a knife and ensure it comes out 
    clean. Leave to rest in the tin for 4-5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool 

Orange Buttercream Frosting

60g butter
125g icing sugar
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp orange zest

Mix all ingredients together using a wooden spoon until light and fluffy.

Level off the miniature cake, cutting the top slightly if necessary leaving you with a flat and even cake. Cover the outside of the cake in the buttercream frosting. Next roll out enough fondant icing to cover the cake (approximately 240g). I used edible pearls and fondant blossoms to decorate the cake.


  1. Beautiful, love the decoration and I'm sure it was very tasty too

    1. Thanks Maria, we're just here tucking into it with a cup of tea at the moment and it's as lovely as it looks! Best thing is none left for tomorrow when I go back on my usual Monday healthy buzz, which usually lasts til Friday!

  2. Wait, I've always wanted to make a miniature cake, and yours looks absolutely gorgeous and so meticulously designed! And you even use fondant! You go, girl (: I'm so happy to discover your blog! All of your food looks beautiful and delicious.


    1. Ah thanks so much Monica, what a lovely comment!!!! So glad your enjoying having a look around! And yes.....Miniature cakes rule! :-)


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