My mom has a recipe book full of recipes that were passed on to her from her mom and people she’s met along the way. Most of it is handwritten with my mom’s own notes on the recipes making little changes that make a huge difference, she’s also made a note of who the recipe comes from and most of them have a little story written about the person she got them from. The book also contains a whole bunch of recipes that my Gran used to develop for YOU/Huisgenoot magazine, my mom tells me she was quite a legend back in the day.

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I’ve teamed up with Woolworths to share one of my favourite recipes: my mom’s Madeira cake which is my favourite cake! I really love cake but I’m not crazy about cakes with too many things going on. Seriously give me a plain vanilla cake and I’ll be a happy lady. I love Madeira cake because it’s got the most amazing crust and lemon flavour and it’s not too rich. Cracking into the crust must be one of the most satisfying things in the world.

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Just a little aside, the tea set in the pictures was also my Gran’s. The story goes that my Gran and her mother in law didn’t have the best relationship, one day on holiday she decided that it was time to accept my Gran and allowed her to choose any tea set she wanted. My gran guarded the tea set so much that she carried it on her lap the entire drive from Cape Town to Harare…which if you don’t know is a flipping long way!

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  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Cream butter in a mixing bowl
  • Add sugar and then eggs one at a time
  • Grate lemon and mix in zest
  • Sift flour and baking powder and add to mixing bowl alternating with a little bit of milk each time
  • Bake for one hour salt

Thanks to Woolworths for supporting She Said, all products and props in this post are available at Woolies stores!

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