Mini Damson Madeira Loaves

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…).

Mini Damson Madeira Loaves -

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 - 

Got damsons and need cake? You must make these!

Mini Damson Madeira Loaves - 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.


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Mini Damson Madeira Loaves

Sweet little fruity madeira cakes perfect for afternoon tea
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 313kcal


  • 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
  • 10 damson plums


  • Cream the butter and the sugar together until very soft.
  • Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  • Fold in the flour and baking powder.
  • Add the milk and lemon zest and mix until just combined.
  • Prepare the mini loaf tin by spraying each cell in the tray with cake release spray.
  • Divide the cake mixture between the cells evenly and spread it out well.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for approx. 20 minutes, until golden on top of the Madeira cake and a cake tester comes out clean.
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I am linking this post up with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and the Great Bloggers Bake Off (#GBBOBloggers2015).

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.

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[…] show they made Madeira cake, frosted walnut layer cake and Black Forest gateau. My bake was these Mini damson Madeira loaves – the perfect bite-sized […]

Ooh these look delicious, I could just gobble one up right now! 🙂 #gbbobloggers2015