The cake has a firm yet light texture. It is eaten with tea or (occasionally) for breakfast and is traditionally flavoured with lemon. Dating back to an original recipe in the 18th or 19th century, Madeira cake is similar to a pound cake or yellow cake. This iconic cake is a favourite with all the family. Curious culinary spirits can dabble with orange or lemon rind or both. And on the off chance of leftovers, resurrect as a trifle.