A Little Piece of Heaven on a Plate…

…at least my hero seems to think, and honestly I can’t disagree. I am referring to that spongy, buttery bite of goodness that is the Madeleine. The much beloved quintessential French cake that Marcel Proust described as “a little shell of cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating…”  Sounds like a recipe for romance to me!

Rumor has it,  Louis XV called this tiny pastry “Madeleine” for the first time in 1755 in honor of his father-in-law’s cook Paulmier. His wife introduced them soon afterwards to the court in Versailles and the rest is confectionary history! Quite the pedigree for this deceptively simple mini cake.

What else is one to do on this beautiful Annapolis afternoon? Bake Madeleines of course. My choice today is lemon lavender cake with a lemon vodka glaze…commence drooling.

First, enlist help from a cute baking assistant and have her locate the Madeleine pan…just tell her to find the shell pan…she knows where it is. This recipe will make 24 Madeleines.



Gather your ingredients.  Eggs, butter and lemon zest should be at room temperature and please, gentle with the creaming, it is a delicate cake after all. I don’t use cake flour but I do double sift it with the dry ingredients.  Looking for culinary lavender? I order from here.


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried lavender
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 large eggs at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon extract
½ teaspoon lemon zest

Place the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl. Add lavender and stir. Set aside.
Place butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest in a medium bowl, and mix until thickened and almost double in volume, about 2 minutes.
Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The batter will thicken as it rests.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or oil and butter your Madeleine pan cavities.
Spoon one Tablespoon of batter into each mold. It will not entirely fill the mold but it will spread as it bakes.
Bake for 12 minutes or until puffed and golden brown around the edges. The madeleines will spring back to the touch when done.
Let cool 10 minutes, carefully loosen the edges of each madeleine with a butter knife. Release madeleines to a cooling rack, and let cool completely.

Try not to eat the whole tray there is more to come…

For lemon syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Bring to boil the syrup ingredients and remove from heat. Brush Madeleines with syrup and allow them to harden slightly …

Add a beautiful Annapolis afternoon, a delightful front porch and an exceptional cup of tea ( or glass of wine)  and you have the makings of a perfect, romantic time for two…at least until nap is over!

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71 thoughts on “A Little Piece of Heaven on a Plate…

  1. Your baking assistant is adorable! And I, too, love madelaines! They don’t look too difficult — I may have to try these because I’m a sucker for lemon. Now I need a “shell pan!”


    1. Actually not very hard to make at all but always an impressive addition to an event! The trick is the room temperature ingredients and light creaming. They never last long in our house


  2. What fun to have such a cute little assistant in your kitchen! Your Madeleines look wonderful and I bet they taste lovely with those berries. I think we have the same Kitchen Aid! Thanks for sharing and enjoy those little cakes with your tea.



    1. I love my kitchen aid. Actually this one is new. My original one had a malfunction and the glass bowl was thrown across the room…a little scary. Kitchen aid send a brand new mixer with apologies…6 years after the original purchase. I like an honest company that stands behind their product.


  3. Oh yum! These sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them. And it looks like you have a great little helper in the kitchen! Thanks so much for visiting Inspiration Thursday. Hope your week is awesome!


  4. What a cute assistant you have! These sound so delicious. I know I would love them! May just need to get me one of those ‘shell’ pans. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.


  5. What a darling baking assistant! And these look just fabulous. So happy to visit today from the fav things hop. I love your blog and now following. Mine is suziesview dot you know the word 🙂


  6. What a beautiful little daughter you have to help you bake! I bake with my 3 year old granddaughter. It’s such an enjoyable trait to pass on. Your Madeleine sound delicious with their lemon glaze. i have to buy a special pan to make them!


    1. I think Home Goods has a great selection of inexpensive good quality bakeware…it don’t shop their often but I do enjoy that section.
      Our Princess is a delight and always enjoys helping in the kitchen.


  7. Your daughter in that little smocked dress…the cutest!!

    The Madeleines sound wonderful. I’d have mine with a little coffee.

    Thank you for being a steady friend of Thoughts of Home. We love having you.


  8. Those madeleines are so lovely, just like your beautiful little darling! I have a madeleine pan which I have been intending to use for a couple of years now and your post and recipe just might have inspired me to get busy and do it. I am a fan of French pastries and the stories behind these sweet shell shaped “little cakes” is so very interesting to me. Thanks for sharing your recipes for the madeleines and syrup! By the way, I have been collecting rolling pins for years and your collection in the wire basket is beautiful!


  9. Your madeleines look fabulous. Such a pretty vignette too. Your little helper is adorable. I have never made them, but I shall i n the future. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI.


  10. Amy, these madeleines look so scrumptious! I’ve never had them, so I’ll definitely be trying out this recipe. Your baking assistant is too cute and I hope you had a lovely time on your tea date.


  11. Oh, I would love to try and make these. Perfect for a tea party! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!


  12. Those madeleines look delicious, and your helper is so cute!! I bet you both had a wonderful time cooking together!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration, I hope you have a wonderful week!


  13. Love it! This is perfect!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at mustlovehome.com for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for May!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home


  14. Your daughter is too cute!! I love madeleines, one of my favorites!! Congrats! You’ll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Jody


  15. Thanks for sharing on peace, love, link-up!

    I’m happy to let you know that you are going to be featured on our next party which starts this friday at 6! Stop by and share anything else you might be working on!


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