Lemon and vanilla madeleines

30 Jun


Not only is Madeline the name of some of our very best friend’s daughters, but also the name of a delightfully light sweet morsel.

The tin madeleines are baked in gives them their distinct sea-shell shape. I’d recommend buying a tin to make them – they are so quick and easy to prepare that you’ll bake them often. These little cakes are best eaten on the day they are made.


This recipe is from a wonderful Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook called Farm House Cooking. I was sent a copy to review in my day job as a journalist and it is already on high rotation in my kitchen.

The recipe calls for a glaze but I just shook a sprinkle of icing sugar over my finished goods.

I made these as a farewell to gift to a lovely neighbour, Carol, who recently moved. Still warm, I placed them on a plate to take across the road where she was still packing up her house. I hope she liked them.


125g melted butter

2/3 cup plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

1/3 cup caster sugar

finely grated rind from 1 large lemon or two small ones [or use lime]

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


Grease madeline pan with non-still cooking spray and preheat oven to 200C.

Beat eggs, sugar, rind and paste in bowl of electric mixer for five minutes / until thick and creamy.

Sift flour and baking powder twice and fold into egg mixture with butter.

Drop batter into pan hols and bake 10-ish mins / until golden.

Stand five minutes before gently removing and placing on wire rack to cool.


40 Responses to “Lemon and vanilla madeleines”

  1. lemongrovecakediaries June 30, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I love madeleines, they always look so pretty when they come out of the pan and dusted with icing sugar! Yum..

    • thehungrymum June 30, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      They do, don’t they? Pretty & dainty 🙂

  2. quilt32 June 30, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I do have an old madeleine pan which hasn’t been used for many years. I think I’ll have to dust it off and try these. It sounds like the perfect gift for somebody who is in the middle of packing and moving.

    • thehungrymum June 30, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Oooh, let me know if you make them! I have a choc recipe too that I’ll have to post soon.

  3. Sophie33 June 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. I love madeleines but never made them at home before though! Thank you for this very tasty recipe!

    • thehungrymum March 23, 2015 at 6:20 am #

      How did I only just see this comment?! Thanks Sophie, am thinking of making some again v soon with lime zest – my lime tree is going crazy!

      • Sophie33 March 23, 2015 at 6:21 am #

        That sounds very delicious! xyum yum!

  4. tastytreats13 June 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Wow! These look fantastic! I haven’t made madeleines yet, but I should really try these out!

    • thehungrymum March 23, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      It has taken me nearly two years to see this comment so I hope you have made them by now!!

  5. Fae's Twist & Tango June 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I have to put madeleine pans on my list of shopping! 😛

    • thehungrymum September 14, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Yes! They aren’t dear and as madeleines are so quick to make you’ll use it often.

  6. ChgoJohn June 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I’d no idea that madeleines were so relatively easy to prepare. Yours look so tasty! As inexperienced as I am when it comes to baking, I bet I could make these! Thanks for sharing your recipe and for the inspiration. 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2014 at 3:59 am #

      Is all about the pan 🙂 Get your hands on one of these and you’re more than halfway there.

  7. andmorefood July 1, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    there’s just something so precious about madeleines!

    • thehungrymum July 1, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      I think I just love saying Madeleines – even the name is pretty 🙂

  8. gottagetbaked July 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    I can’t buy any more bakeware for my tiny apartment but I’d love a Madeleine pan. These look so delicate and pretty!

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      I don’t need any more bakeware either – it is SO bulky. Maybe you could make these in little patty pans without cupcake wrappers?

  9. Choc Chip Uru July 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    These madeleines look so beautiful, such a perfect dessert 😀


  10. Shuz July 2, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    That’s a very nice neighbourly gift 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      She was a very nice neighbour 🙂 I’m lucky that most of my neighbours are very sweet

  11. jmcvl July 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    How can anyone not like these? Little bites of fluff heaven. They look delightful x

  12. ohlidia July 3, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    You know, I’ve never made these cuties. You’ve inspired me to give them a go!

    • thehungrymum July 4, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      You’ll LOVE them – so simple & pretty & delicious 🙂

  13. Cass @foodmyfriend July 4, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hehe such a great book 🙂 You know, I have never made them but I do have a pan for them. Perhaps this weekend is the weekend!

  14. Little Gumnut July 6, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    pinning this because the hubster would be over the moon if I made madeleines for him! Now to look out for a pan!!

    • thehungrymum July 6, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      thank you so much for pinning! Will have to make you & Mr Gumnut a batch next time we meet up 🙂

  15. Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) July 7, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    yum! i can smell them from my computer screen! personally i think the best bit is when you get to go crazy when dusting it with sugar hehhee

  16. houseofbedlam July 29, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I am not a baker but I think I could handle these – they look beautiful! Thanks for sharing –

    • thehungrymum July 30, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      Aww, cheers! They are so simple and so yummy – lots of reward for little effort 🙂

  17. crumbsandsprinkles August 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    These look delicious! I’ve not made madeleines before because I’ve not got a mould but I’m very tempted to try after seeing these!

    • thehungrymum August 22, 2013 at 4:39 am #

      Grab a mould – you won’t regret it! These are so quick & easy to make for morning tea.

      • crumbsandsprinkles August 22, 2013 at 7:36 am #

        I definitely think I will… I might grab a mini Madeleine mould actually…

  18. thefolia December 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I bought the madeleine tin from a garage sale for $1 and love making these! Happy Nesting.

    • thehungrymum December 11, 2013 at 3:28 am #

      Woop! bargain of the year! Glad you’ve found a keeper of a recipe 🙂

  19. thebakealogue January 17, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    These look so good! Can we add this pic alongwith your name to our facebook page? Every Saturday, The Bake-a-logue promotes baking done by others to promote their talent. Would love to have you as our “Baking Star” this week. Let us know … 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 18, 2014 at 1:50 am #

      Hello! Sure, I’d *love* to be included in your FB page! Does it include a link to my blog? Thanks for the opportunity, appreciate it 🙂

      • thebakealogue January 18, 2014 at 11:49 am #

        That’s great! Just in the process of uploading the ‘baking stars’ for today … can I please have your name to add along with that fab pic of what you baked?

      • thehungrymum January 19, 2014 at 8:14 am #

        Pl call me The Hungry Mum! Can you grab the pic from y blog?
        Is there a link to my blog?

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