Communion Cake 20.02.15 (640x592)`

This Madeira Cake Sponge is one of my favourite recipes as it is so quick and easy to do – you just throw everything into the bowl together and mix. The cake it produces has a firm yet moist texture and is excellent for carving into irregular shapes.


Square Tin   15cm (6in) 18cm (7in) 20cm (8in)
Round Tin 15cm (6in) 18cm (7in) 20cm (8in) 23cm (9 in)
Self Raising Flour 175g / 6oz 225g / 8oz 325g / 12oz 450g / 1lb
Caster Sugar 125g / 4oz 175g / 6oz 275g / 10oz 375g / 14oz
Soft Margarine 125g / 4oz 175g / 6oz 275g / 10oz 375g / 14oz
Eggs (medium) 2 3 5 7
Milk 15ml / 1tbsp 30ml / 2tbsp 45ml / 3tbsp 60ml / 4tbsp
Baking time (approx) 1 – 1¼ hrs 1¼ – 1½ hrs 1½ – 1¾ hrs 1¾ – 2 hrs


  1. Grease and line the relevant cake tin or bowl and pre-heat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2.
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients. Bind all the ingredients together, carefully, using a slow setting in your mixer. Once the ingredients have combined, increase the speed and beat for 1 minute.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top.
  4. Cook in the centre of the oven for the specified time.
  5. Test the cake by lightly pressing the centre. It should spring back and the top should be golden brown. To be extra sure, insert a skewer. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. Leave in tin for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a cool wire tray.


It is easy to vary the flavour of the cake. Add the zest of a lemon or orange to the mix before cooking for a citrus touch. Alternatively, a teaspoon of almond essence or 50g (2oz) of Shamrock Desiccated Coconut can add a hint of something from the Caribbean.

To Decorate

450g packet Shamrock Ready to Roll Icing

250g packet Goodall’s Ready to Roll Icing (Pink [Girl]/Blue [Boy])

Silvers Balls, for decoration

Butter Icing, as per recipe below

Butter Icing Ingredients:              

75g/3oz Butter (at room temperature)

175g/6oz Icing Sugar, sieved

Goodall’s Colouring (Red [Girl]/Blue [Boy]


  1. Trim top of cake to level and turn upside down on cake board.
  2. Make butter icing by beating butter and sugar together and add colour, if desired.
  3. Use half of this to spread thinly over cake.
  4. Roll out white icing to a thickness of 4-5mm and gently ease onto cake.
  5. Trim around base of cake, re-roll remaining icing and cut out a crucifix shape and place on top of cake.
  6. Arrange silver balls on outline of cross.
  7. Roll out coloured icing and cut out round discs (use cap of Silver Ball container or similar).
  8. With remaining butter icing, attach discs around side of cake.
  9. If liked, pipe ‘Communion’, child’s name and date on top of cake.


Above quantities are suitable for 8’’ round or 7’’ square cake