Orange Madeleines 

This is what you get when the kids help you ice your cakes.  Ugly madeleines, much fun and stickiness, but pretty ugly!  Madeleine’s disappear fast in this house, and are a breeze to make.  It doesn’t take long to whip up a batch, which is good when you have a three and a five year old helping you.

A madeleine tin is ideal but you could make them in fairy cake size tins, the cooking time is also short at 8-10 mins so it really is a low maintenance recipe.

So why orange?  Well I had blood orange icing left over from my last bake so the madeleines seemed like the perfect vehicle for the job, and you can’t go wrong with a hit of citrus really. 


  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1tsp, heaped,baking powder
  • 50mls milk
  • Zest of one orange
  • 125g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 190C. This recipe makes 26-30 little cakes, so grease two madeleine tins well.  

Mix the sugar and eggs together until well combined. Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix again.  Add the milk, orange zest and melted butter. Combine again til all ingredients incorporated.

Pour batter into tins (about a dessert spoonful in each mould) and bake for 8-10 mins until golden.  To get the familiar madeleine ‘hump’, you have to open and close your oven door when the batter is cooked around the edges but not in the centre. 

Once out of the oven remove from the tins and cool on a wire rack. Cover with icing as you desire, the recipe is here.  If your lucky, and the kids helped you, they maybe look as ugly as mine, but hopefully taste as good as well.

They do keep for a week in airtight container and I freeze half a batch (un-iced) for later due to the sheer quantity made, good if you have little time to bake and need a last minute idea.

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