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French Butter Cakes. Lemon Madeleines Recipe

Classic French Butter Cake Madeleine Recipe. Madeleines are light and lemony and simple to make if you follow the directions carefully. You'll be rewarded with unique little cakes that are a little crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 cakes
Calories 147kcal


  • 4 whole eggs
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 6 ounces cake flour sifted
  • 4 ounces all purpose flour sifted
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 8 ounces butter melted and cooled to body temperature


  • Whip eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl with a whip attachment until 3 x volume.
  • Add zest and flours and fold to combine.
  • Fold in butter until combined.
  • Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Pipe into lightly greased madeleine pans, no more than 1/2 full.
  • Bake in preheated 375 degree oven until they bounce back to the touch when the center is pressed. This will take about 10 minutes.
  • Let cool 5 minutes then turn out of the pans. 


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg