i made this cake for "les garcons" at work, they l-o-v-e-d it! it's the easiest cake i have ever made so i think it's impossible to mess it up... i got this from one of Nigella Lawson's books, she calls it "my mother-in-law's madeira cake" but i'm calling it "Nigella's madeira cake"... i've amended it a tad to make it lemon & poppy seed but you can just add different ingredients as you please, just take out the lemons/poppy seeds from the recipe below.

240g softened butter
200g caster sugar
grated zest of two lemons,
juice of three
3 large eggs
210g of self-rising flour
90g of plain flour
23x13x7cm loaf tin,
buttered & lined
serving size: 8-10 slices

1. preheat the oven at 170C/gas mark 3.
2. Cream the butter and sugar (i don't have a blender so i used my hands), and add the lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour for each. Then gently mix in the rest of the flour and, finally, the lemon juice & poppy seeds. sprinkle with brown sugar (about 2 tablespoons) as it goes into the oven, and bake for 1 hour or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Remove to wire rack and let cool in the tin before turning out.

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