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Madeleines (French Madeleine)

The buttery French cake that is memorable with its taste, texture and shape: Madeleine Recipe. Delicious little cakes to accompany your tea or coffee pleasure with it's cloud-light and seashell shape.

April 3, 2021
MadeleinesPhoto By Petite Gourmets
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 120 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 135 mins

Madeleines Recipe Video



  1. Put the butter in a pan. Melt the butter completely over medium heat. Then continue to cook over low heat until it turns brown. Remove from heat and leave it to cool in a bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar. Whisk with a blender or hand mixer at high speed for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the lemon zest and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture. Whisk with the mixer until the ingredients are combined.
  4. Mix the mixture on which you add the melted butter for 3-4 minutes until it becomes creamy.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add it to the butter mixture. With the help of a spoon, gently mix all the ingredients.
  6. When the consistency of the dough becomes smooth, cover and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours.
  7. When you take the dough out of the refrigerator to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. To prevent the dough from sticking to the mold, grease the madeleine pan and sprinkle with flour.
  9. Put the cold dough in the ratio of ¾ to each section of the cake molds. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  10. After taking it from the oven, sprinkle powdered sugar or whipped cream on the madeleines and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Madeleines
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 143 mg47.7%
Sodium 344 mg15%
Potassium 263 mg5.6%
Protein 6.3 g12.6%
Total Fat 25.5 g32.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Attention to the amount of flour.
  • Use madeleine cake mold. Otherwise, choose a muffin cake mold.
  • Cook until the butter turns golden. After the oil has completely melted, continue to cook over low heat until it turns a golden brown color. Check constantly so that the oil does not burn.
  • Use room temperature eggs. Cold ingredients prevent you from obtaining a thick dough.
  • To prevent lumps in the dough, sift the flour, cocoa and powdered sugar with a strainer.
  • Beat eggs and sugar thoroughly. In this way, the dough will have the desired light consistency.
  • Slowly mix the butter mixture and flour together. Prevent the dough from breathing air.
  • You can choose orange zest instead of lemon zest.
  • Leave the dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This will allow the dough to have a better consistency.
  • Do not spread the mixture on your cake mold completely. When the cake is baked, it will rise.
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The Classic French Madeleine is a recipe that steals your heart with its soft texture and appearance as well as its taste. This cake, known for its tiny spongy structure and unique shell shape, is indispensable for tea time in France.

You can prepare this light and easy to make butter cake recipe with plain, chocolate or lemon. Try this recipe now to experience the taste of Homemade Madeleines. You will not be able to stop eating french cakes that will accompany your tea and coffee pleasure. Enjoy your meal.

What Are Madeleines?

Madeleines or French Madeleine is a French cake. This cookie-like pastry made with the classic cake ingredients such as eggs, flour, sugar and butter, resembles a sponge cake. It is a slightly fluffy and soft cake. It hardens as you wait.

It is part of the French tea culture. It is often served with tea and coffee, especially in Europe. Its signature shape is seashell. Also known as the French Madeleines.

Are They Cookies or Cakes?

This is one of the discussed topics. Although it looks like a cookie in its appearance, Madeleines is actually a French cake with butter. These cookie-sized tiny muffins are dipped in tea or coffee.

Why Are They Called Madeleines?

Madeleines is one of the traditional recipes of France. It is native to Commercy and Liverdun in the Lorraine region of France. The origin of the name of this delicious cake, discovered in the 18th century, is a mystery.

Legend has it that the cake got its name from a young girl who served as a pastry chef for the Duke of Lorraine. The only recipe this girl knows is her grandmother's cake: Madeleines.

How To Make The Best Madeleine French Butter Cake?

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  • Madeleine Batter: Mix the egg and sugar for 8 minutes. Melt the butter. Whisking the eggs sufficiently in this step is the most important step in cooking madeleines.
  • Cooling Dough: As with most pastries, dough should be rested in making madeleines. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow dough to rise better. Do not refrigerate for too long. Otherwise, the butter will solidify and the cake will not be fluffy enough.
  • Baking Madeleines: Grease the Madeleine mold with a pastry brush. In this way, the cake does not stick to the mold and comes out easily. Afterwards, bake the cakes in the oven you have preheated. About 12 minutes will be enough.
  • Serving: Serve the cakes hot. As the cake stays, its consistency will harden.

How to Make Madeleines Recipe Variations?

French Madeleine Cake: This is the original recipe. It is prepared with batter that contains flour, sugar, eggs, butter, lemon zest.

Chocolate Madeleine Cake: Instead of lemon zest, use ¼ cup cocoa. Melt 175 grams of dark chocolate with the butter. Also, increase the amount of sugar by ½ cup.

Lemon Madeleine Cake: Add tablespoon of lemon juice in addition to the lemon zest. Add it to the egg and sugar mixture.

Pumpkin Madeleine Cake: Add 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and teaspoon ginger to the recipe. After mixing the egg and sugar well, add the ingredients to the mixture.

How to Store Madeleines?

This French cake can be placed in a refrigerator bag or in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.

To freeze , let it cool at room temperature. You can then store it for at least 1 month in an airtight container. But it may lose its taste a little bit. When you want to use it, put it in the fridge overnight to dissolve. Also, let it cool at room temperature for about 2 hours.

What Goes Well With The Madeleines?

Drinks that you can consume with this French Cake:

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