Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake 1I am beyond excited to finally welcome you to the new home of Pomegranate Days.

It has been extremely challenging moving this blog to its new home; mostly because I chose to do the majority of the work myself. Apart from an incredible amount of tech savvy, I have also learned that doing something you are really into makes any and all frustrations, irritations and delays completely worth it.

This new home is really just me buying a new pair of better fitting shoes for the baby. This blog has grown and so have I. I knew a while ago already that certain functionality which I wanted in order to have a better performing blog could only be found over at WP. As I wrangled the options over the past few months it became quite clear that the move was the best decision for Pomegranate Days.

I do not think that I ever would have leapt from safety of Blogger had it not been for the help and advice of a few very smart people.

Towards the end of last year I attended the first ever Blog Boot Camp run by the truly lovely Kathryn (of Becoming You ) and Lana (of LanaLou Style). This boot camp aimed at beginner bloggers is the single best investment I have made in the technical side of my blog journey to date. I was actually glad that I had been blogging for a while because without some knowledge I think I may have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information we received that day.

Both Kathryn and Lana were incredibly generous in sharing their knowledge, experience and resources with us. I think it goes without saying that I am incredibly excited about how the blog looks and what is can do, and much of that I can attribute directly to what I learned at Blog Boot Camp. I cannot recommend attending the next one strongly enough, follow Blog Boot Camp on Facebook for details.

I am so grateful to have had Clinton and Liesl Friend, the incredible design team over at Plan Red, in my corner during the past few weeks. Lies designed the amazing new banner on the blog – don’t you just love it! Whimsical and almost Dr. Zeuss like. I fell in love with it immediately. Lies also designed fabulous business cards for Kate and I. If you see me make sure to ask for one, I am desperate to hand them out and have you ooo and aaah over their prettiness.

Clint helped me on all the things you don’t see, all the behind the scenes technical stuff which is endlessly confusing and which would have required hours of YouTube tutorials to figure out without him. So Clint codes and decodes and does many other things I still don’t understand to put things in the right place and generally make the blog sing! (Truth be told, most of the time I still have no idea what he is talking about.)

If you need any creative work for websites/blogs/brands/general design you need look no further than Plan Red. No, really look no further than Plan Red Creative. Find them on Facebook here.

So what can you expect from the new blog? Now this blog is not just another pretty face – although you have to admit it sure is pretty to look at – but here are the most important changes:

You should find navigating the blog so much easier using the new recipe index pages. Each recipe has a small thumbnail of each dish so you can see exactly what it looks like.

You will be able to print the recipe – just the recipe with no images – instead of getting the whole site print out on fourteen million pages whenever you print.

The new site makes it really easy to comment on the blog, to contact me and hopefully it gives you a good idea of who I am and what it is that I do when I am not writing out beautiful recipes for you!

The new blog with its muted grey tones and easy read layout is preparing the groundwork for what hopefully will hold the bigger dreams I have for Pomegranate Days.  There are a few little things that I am still working on – some of my images look a little wierd after the move. I am slowly correcting these, but it is a literal manual changing of each one so please bear with me.

Apart from that, I would love to know what you think of the new blog.

While you look around and poke your head into all the new rooms – how about a cuppa and some Madeira Cake?

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Madeira Cake
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 175 g butter, softened
  • 175 g margarine, softened
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 525 g cake flour
  • 20 ml baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 110 ml hot water
  • 500 ml icing sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  • hot water
  1. Cream the butter, margarine and caster sugar in an electric mixer until pale and light and fluffy.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs into the creamed mixture, one at a time, following each with a spoonful of flour.
  4. Sift the remaining flour into the creamed mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour in the hot water and beat to mix well.
  6. Divide the batter between two bread loaf pans that have been sprayed with non-stick spray and line with baking paper.
  7. Bake in an pre-heated oven at 180˚C for one hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cool.
  9. To make the lemon glaze place the icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk in enough hot water – a little at a time- to create a thick smooth glaze.
  10. Pour the glaze over the cake and allow to set before serving.


12 Comments on Madeira Cake

  1. Judy Duncan
    March 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm (6 years ago)


    • sam
      March 31, 2014 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Judy – I agree 😉

  2. Saaleha
    March 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I love it, It’s light and bright and showcases your food really well.

    • sam
      March 31, 2014 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Saaleh. There are so many options to choose from for colour and look, lets just say it tested my decision making skills to the max!

  3. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    March 31, 2014 at 9:25 am (6 years ago)

    Just love the new site and well done! One comment – the pink is very light on the links and you might want to make that a bit darker. Have a super day Sam and hope to have a cup of coffee with you soon xxx

    • sam
      March 31, 2014 at 9:31 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Tandy – I appreciate the feed back, I will have a look at that. I still have not been out your way in all this time – look forward to making a date asap x

  4. anna @ annamayeveryday
    March 31, 2014 at 10:50 am (6 years ago)

    Check out your beautiful new site! Looks so fantastic, clearly time for me to sort my site out!

    • sam
      March 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Anna – dive in and do it! Its been a fun process to work through.

  5. KC
    March 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful Sam, wow we’ll done 🙂

    • sam
      April 1, 2014 at 11:16 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you KC!Hope it inspires much fabulous newlywed cooking!

  6. Lana
    April 7, 2014 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks so much for the kind words about out Blog Boot Camp! Your new site is looking lovely and fresh, well done!

    • sam
      April 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

      You are so welcome Lana, it is praise well deserved. I am still loving the look of the site even after looking at a million times, so that must be a good thing!


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