5 from 11 votes
These pretty French cakes bake in minutes. Make a batter in advance and then bake fresh every time
Recipe: Spiced Madeleines
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
These beautiful little French cakes are astonishingly easy to make and will always impress. This version is gently flavoured with a warming winter spice blend.
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Spiced Madeleines
Servings: 20
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 75 g butter melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 90 g granulated sugar
  • 100 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice blend
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Weigh the butter into a saucepan and gently heat until melted. Remove the pan from the hob and allow to cool, but not solidify.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they have doubled in size and are light and fluffy. Slowly fold in the flour, baking powder, spice and salt.
  3. Slowly pour in the melted butter, gently folding all the time until you have a foamy batter that is full of air. When mixed cover the bowl and put in the fridge for at least an hour to chill.
  4. Melt a little more butter and brush it onto a Madeleine pan, allow to cool and then dust with flour.
  5. Heat the oven to 190C/ GM 5. Use a spoon to fill the Madeleine pan with the batter so each well is about ? full and bake for 7 - 9 minutes until until risen, golden and shrinking away from the edges of the pan.
  6. Leave for a few minutes and then turn out. Dust with a little icing sugar and a pinch more spice to serve.
  7. The Madeleines are best enjoyed when still warm and crisp on the outside. They can be stored for a day but will lose that just cooked crisp outside.
Recipe Notes

If you do not have a Madeleine tin then make these in a mini muffin pan.

Nutrition Facts
Recipe: Spiced Madeleines
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.