Easy Recipe for Madeleines

A delicious and very easy recipe for Madeleines. Why settle for a cup of tea when you could be enjoying some amazing freshly baked French-style madeleines with your cup of tea or coffee?

Madeleines are shell-shaped small cakes that have their origins in French Cuisine. They are usually baked in a rectangular pan with a pattern of small bumps on the surface. Madeleines are often eaten with tea or coffee and they are perfect for dessert.

The word “madeleine” is derived from the French word “Madeline,” which means “small cake.” The name most likely comes from the Marquis de Pompadour, who was the mistress of King Louis XV and often served these cakes to him for breakfast.

Recipe for Madeleines

Madeleines are small cakes of French origin that are perfect as a tea-time treat.
recipe for Madeleines
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Resting1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cake, dessert cake


  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 150 gr Fine sugar
  • 160 gr All-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 150 gr Melted Butter
  • 1 each Zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla essence

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  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is pale
  • Add small portions of flour and sugar (alternate) at a time and mix to achieve a smooth and airy batter.
  • Add the baking powder and lemon zest and store in a refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200°C
  • Butter your madeleine baking tray and dust with flour to aid in the removal of the baked madeleines.
  • Fill each cavity of the baking tray with a spoon of batter.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C
  • Remove and allow to cool on a rack.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar prior to serving
  • Bon Appetit

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Bake till golden brown – each oven behaves differently so adjust your cooking temperature or your baking time accordingly.

If you do not enjoy a slightly sweet cake then you can forgo the sprinkling of icing sugar.

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