Small, Light and Fluffy cakes {Recipe}

Friday, 16 November 2012

I was looking for a recipe for madeleines - one of my favourite little cakes, perfect for with a cup of tea in the afternoon. I found a recipe in French, baked them and although the cakes are really lovely, they are no madeleines - not buttery enough for my taste (maybe that is a good thing though). However it is a great recipe - very quick (8 minutes baking time!) and the texture is lovely and fluffy (perfect for dunking). And no weird ingredients needed. 

To make these you will need (you should be able to make 30 but it depends on the mould you will use)
  • 225g plain flour
  • 175g of sugar
  • 100g of butter (melted)
  • 11g baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 whole eggs
  • Zest of a lemon
  • I added a tsp of lemon extract and a tsp of vanilla extract. 
How to make them?

1. Mix the sugar and eggs together
2. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt
3. Add the lemon zest and melted butter - and mix thoroughly
4. Butter the mould (I used a vintage mince pies mould to try to get the unusual shape)
5. Fill 3/4 of each mould with a teaspoon
6. Leave to rest for 20 minutes and preheat your oven to 220C
7. Bake for about 8 minutes (stay next to the oven).. 

Et voilà!

I really love the texture of these, but I think they only work as little cakes, it would be too much as a whole cake. Hope you enjoy this new recipe. 


  1. Those do look good w/a cup of tea on a cold day like today.

  2. They look very nice to me. I've a similar recipe but I use oil instead of butter

  3. They do look inviting and easy to make - can't wait to give it a try! One question though, I've noticed you've added a pinch of salt into the flour, does that mean you've used unsalted butter for this recipe?

  4. oh I love madeleines!There is a french bakery just down the road from where I love and I often stop in before work to grab a couple to have with a cup of tea later in the day. I must try your recipe!

  5. Seeing this post made me recall this post by Jane Brocket where she used a recipe by 'Bloomin' Hestanthal' as we like to call him. Madeleines are so lovely - perhaps I shall make some of yours this weekend :-)

  6. Yum- they remind me of the muffins I used to always eat in Spain.