Photography: How to Make Madeleines

Firstly, gather your ingredients...

Break an egg.

And Another

Whisk at high speed, fold in the flour and butter and bake.

Carefully remove from the pan.

Dust with icing sugar.

Arrange like this ...

Or maybe like that?

And finally enjoy!

Basic Madeleine recipe
Chocolate Madeleine recipe
Matcha Madeleine recipe
Mincemeat Madeleine recipe

Visit the Fuss Free Flavours Giveaways Page for a chance to win some amazing prizes!
About Helen

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

Facebook - Twitter - Google+


  1. excuse me… it is you doing the food porn photoing? cos it’s really really good…

    • Why thank you! All my photos.

      I am doing a studio course at the moment. Amazingly the egg shot was the first one I took! Failed to get just egg against the black!

  2. Wow, those photos are amazing, esp the egg and icing sugar!

  3. Your photos are really amazing ! Congratulations !
    See you next Friday !

  4. now I want the recipe for the madeleines pls…

  5. Alpacaaddict says:

    Amazing photos. Well done you.

  6. Round of applause! You are a genius girl!

  7. Wonderful pictures! Bravo! More soon please!

  8. amazing photos – never wanted a madeleine as much as now

  9. @AlpacaAddict, Jac & Johanna – Thank you! I hope my photography tutor likes them!

    @Sarah – I need professional lights. I am loving the freezing of motion. The whisk was on full speed in the 3rd shot!

  10. Superb photos, you have a real talent. Did you get the egg shot first time?

    • Yes. First time. I set it up and took some with the hands to get the focus, flash and exposure right, then first time. Amazing really!

      Thanks for your kind comments!

  11. What a gorgeous series…. Not sure which I want to do more – bake or eat!

  12. Great shots Lovely Helen…

    It was a pleasure to be your model.

    Never knew my mouth looked so good.

    Well done lady. You are truly talented!


    • You were amazing! I am so happy with them. Even if now I am seeing things tht I cuold have done better!

      Thank you so much for modelling for me!

  13. I really love your photos! They look like professional photos in a book!AMAZING!

  14. Gorgeous shots, Helen!! I find a dark background with white, bright crisp colours works really well and love your egg cracking and dusting the madeleine photos. :)

    • Thank you! Your photos are always fantastic, so praise from you means a huge amount.

      I am now desperate to buy some studio lights, or at least an off camera flash!

  15. I love this post. The photos are all fantastic. Good luck with the course.

  16. These pictures are absolutely AMAZING!

  17. Great photos! Plus the recipe looks divine. We’d love for you to share your recipe at!

  18. im afraid of eating a stick of butter in anything, but awesome photos and recipe =]


  19. I have but one word to say… Beautiful! The photo where dusting with icing sugar looks so tempting, you just want to snacht the madeleine.

  20. Wow, lovely, the photos look fantastic!

  21. Delightful!!!

  22. Wooooo! My cousin just asked me for a recipe for Madeleines, will direct her here. Amazing photos!


  1. […] And all too soon it was time to leave, frantically running for late night trains to get Greedy Gourmet back to deepest darkest Essex and send Fuss Free Flavours home in time to bake madeleines at midnight. […]

  2. […] within 5 minutes of leaving the oven – they are highly photogenic (as better demonstrated in this post) and as you can make the batter in advance and leave it in the fridge for several days, it enables […]

Add Your Comment