“Cooking (and eating) for us is truly a stress buster and a common platform that unites our family. The inspiration, teaching and example is best witnessed in our parents who selflessly and passionately make outstanding meals day in and day out”. 
This is the belief of Amrita and Vishal, a husband-wife team who share a common passion for cooking. While Amrita loves baking and trying out desserts, Vishal loves to learn and experiment with savoury dishes. Their love for good food, cooking, learning and sharing had to find an outlet and Sweet 'n' Savoury  was created in March 2012.
Amrita and Vishal celebrated the first anniversary of their amazing blog. And I was one of the three prize winners. I was overjoyed to receive my prize which is a wonderful book Old Fashioned Favourites by The Australian Women’s Weekly.
This is after years that I’ve won a prize. I felt like a kid in school winning a prize. Extremely ecstatic, cheerful, blissful, exultant, on cloud nine, on top of the world…….
My coveted prize!

This is the first recipe that I’ve made from this book. Many more are on the way! 

Madeira cake is a fine-textured plain cake, similar to a creamed sponge cake, made with fat, butter, and flour and served without filling or icing

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar, powdered
3 eggs
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
Pre heat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one by one till the mixture turns pale. Add grated lemon rind.
Stir in sifted flour.
Spread the batter into pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove cake from oven; sprinkle mixed peels and almond slivers evenly. Return to oven; Bake for 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the pan after 5 minutes, slice when cold.

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  1. One of the most beautiful Madeira cakes I have seen and to let you know I have never tried it myself. A simple and classic cake, perfectly reinvented with the addition of almond slivers. Now only if I was there in person to devour!! Great bake Namita. We are proud and extremely happy to have shared a beautiful book with you.

  2. The cake looks so delicious and super inviting dear

  3. yay! congrats Namita.. :) The cake looks gorgeous :)

  4. Great looking cake! One of my favourites!

  5. so beautifully made cake
    Found you through "my taste".. you have really a nice blog.. I think I should learn from you :) Just followed your site, glad if you follow me back :) try to stay in touch dear

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