~French Madeleines~Petits Gâteaux E’légante~ Little Elegant Cakes~

First time I tasted these delicious petite cakes was in Paris! I fell in love with Madeleines on the spot! I love how small & cute they are and just enough sweetness to satisfy my cravings. Madeline’s are Petite French cakes with distinctive shell shapes. Rich and buttery that are soft and moist with lightly crisped edge.

I have always been intrigued by these petits gâteaux élégante- tiny elegant cakes. After some research I learned the rich History and was inspired by folk legends and romance of Madeleines. In France, they are most often linked to the town of Commercy, in the region of Lorraine. A legend suggests King Stanislas Leszczynska sent the recipe for Madeleine to his daughter Maria following her marriage to Louis XV at Versailles. She named it for her father’s French cook, Madeleine.

And in Spain, the magdalenas, resemblance to the Madeleines, are created to mark the Christian pilgrimage route that ends in Santiago de Compostela, in which sea scallops are the symbol most closely associated with this journey.

Wow who knew that these elegant petite cakes had such a rich History !

~Recipe for French Madeleines~Petits Gâteaux E’légante~ Little Elegant Cakes~

Recipe Adapted from: BBC Good Food Magazine


4 Room Temperature Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cup of Melted Butter

A Pinch of Salt
1 tbsp. vanilla
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)


1. Stir eggs and sugar into top of double boiler until creamy and lukewarm.

2. Remove from heat and beat until cool; add flour gradually, mixing well.

3. Fold in butter and vanilla.

4. Use special shell-shaped Madeline molds that have been buttered and floured. Fill molds with a teaspoon. * See Pic Above)*

5. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 8- 10 minutes or until lightly browned. You can also dust cooled Madeleine’s with powdered sugar.

*1 Dozen Madeleines from this recipe*

Nadia - October 1, 2010 - 3:19 pm

so darling! love the champs-elysees box and postcard!

i’m glad this batch of madeleines were a success, seems like you’ve got a hold on baking now! :) could dip them into a cup of hot tea. yum!

Faith - October 1, 2010 - 8:43 pm

Madeleines are probably the most elegant little cakes I can think of! Yours are really lovely…I’m adding a Madeleine mold to my wish list! ;)

marla {family fresh cooking} - October 2, 2010 - 12:30 pm

These look just beautiful on Foodgawker this morning. Wish I had a few of these Madeleines to munch on today. xo

Sara - October 2, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Thank you Marla, Faith & Nadia! :)

Nichole - October 3, 2010 - 3:18 am

Oh my goodness. These look so good. Madeleines always remind me of my mom, they are her favorite!

Soma - October 4, 2010 - 6:42 pm

I am such a scaredy cat when it comes to baking something new.The list is ingredients sounds simple but i am still not sure if I can pull these off. They look so beautiful I feel like giving them a try.

Sara - October 4, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Soma, If I can bake these Madeleines, you certainly can! I’m not a baker!

Vanille - October 5, 2010 - 9:05 pm

Your madeleines look deliciously light ! Your pics make me crave for some now…

Eliana - October 7, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Madelines are my new favorite cookie. I made them for the first time recently and love their delicate texture. Only problem is that I can never eat just one! And I think I would have the same problem with yours Sara because they look super delicious.

FoodWandeings - October 8, 2010 - 2:29 am

Hi Sara, These Madeleines are so gorgeous I wish I had some with my tea now!! Love you blog! Shulie

Sara - October 8, 2010 - 2:33 am

Thank you Shulie for visiting my blog! xoxo :)

Jamie - October 8, 2010 - 8:36 am

I am entraced by your beautiful styling and photography. I have long wanted to make traditional madeleines. Yours are perfect!

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