Mini Damson Madeira Loaves

Did you catch the first episode of The Great British Bake Off this week? If you’re anything like me you’ll have been looking forward to this moment since the last series finished. It seems ages ago since Nancy won back in October last year. I’m not sure how we’ve managed to get by, but it probably involves cake (and biscuits, pies and tarts, bread, patisserie…).

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This week, in a nod towards one of this week’s bakes on GBBO, I’ve baked mini damson madeira loaves, using damsons from my garden. I spotted the deep purple of these lovely plums up in the trees, and, risking the neighbours thinking I am even more crazy than they first suspected, got up on a chair with a broom to encourage some down. Our haul will be enough for a small batch of jam as well, fingers crossed.

Mini Damson Madeira Loaves - 

Read on for the recipe!


  • 110 g butter, unsalted, softened
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 175 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Damsons (about 10)


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar together until very soft.
  2. Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  3. Fold in the flour and baking powder.
  4. Add the milk and lemon zest and mix until just combined.
  5. Prepare the mini loaf tin by spraying each cell in the tray with cake release spray.
  6. Divide the cake mixture between the cells evenly and spread it out well.
  7. Cut each damson in half, remove the stone and place two or three halves (depending on the size of the damsons) on top of each loaf cell. Press them in gently.
    Mini Damson Madeira Loaves
  8. Bake at 180 degrees for approx. 20 minutes, until golden on top of the Madeira cake and a cake tester comes out clean.

Mini Damson Madeira Loaves -

If you were listening to Mary Berry, you will know that you are looking for a dome and a crack to form on the surface of the cakes, and a light but close texture. These mini loaves have a light lemon flavour and the damsons turned bright pinky-red in the oven.


If you want more ideas with madeira cake, check these out:

I am linking this post up with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and the Great Bloggers Bake Off (#GBBOBloggers2015).

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Also linking up with Treat Petite with Cakeyboi and the Baking Explorer (hosting this month), the theme is GBBO and so my mini madeira loaves fit perfectly.

41 Comment

  1. Ooh cute little cakes Lucy and you got them all with cracks too. I love damson jam, but I’ve never had them in a cake. So glad GBBO is back – very exciting.

  2. Wow! These look fantastic- I was laughing at the idea of you encouraging down with a broom, but it definitely looks as though it was worth the effort.

  3. Oh I love these, you’re so lucky to have a damson tree in your garden. Ours is hardly big enough to swing a cat in, let alone have a fruit tree. Something to dream of for the future perhaps!

    1. This one is quite tall and is just by the fence so it doesn’t take up any room, we have the previous owners of the house to thank for it really. Going to make sure I don’t miss the fruit ripening next year now!

  4. Awwww these are so cute!!! I love that they are mini 😀 I love damson gin but have never actually eaten the fruit before. These look like a great way of using the fruit

  5. I love damsons and other “traditional” fruits, and am so sad that I don’t have any damsons near me currently. Thank you for linking to #cookblogshare

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