Madeleine Cakes - Recipe

Dainty Madeleine Cakes are the quintessential Afternoon Tea treat. Make the recipe and learn about their origins

Madeleine Cakes are sometimes also known as Madeleine Biscuits, Madeleine Cookies, or just plain Madeleines. They are an elegant biscuit, shaped like an elongated scallop shell, and are perfect for Tea Parties and Afternoon Tea.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose or self raising flour
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Icing sugar

Madeleine Cakes Recipe
Madeleine Cakes Recipe
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Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a Madeleine cake pan. Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Mix in sifted flour. Gradually add melted butter. Mix well. Allow 1 tablespoon batter for each Madeleine. Spoon gently into Madeleine pan. Bake for approx 15 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle icing sugar over cooled Madeleine Cakes.

Makes about 20 Madeleine Cakes.

Madeleines need to be made in a special Madeleine Cake Pan, to make the right size, shape, and most importantly, the scallop pattern. These pans are readily available at Kitchenware stores or through Amazon.

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