Recipe: Cinnamon Madeleines

I made these cinnamon madeleines last week and they were delightful! I based the recipe on one I found at Delicious. Madeleines are a classic little shell shaped French sponge cake . There is some debate about whether they are biscuits or cakes – in my opinion, they are definitely cakes!


85g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
85g caster sugar
95g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp clear honey
1 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

12 hole madeleine tin

  • Heat the oven to 160°C / fan 140°C / gas 3 and butter the madeleine tin.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat.
  • Combine the sugar & flour in a bowl with the vanilla essence, honey, egg & cinnamon
  • Mix in the melted butter into the other ingredients until you have a nice smooth batter – I did this in my KitchenAid stand mixer with the flat beater.
  • Spoon into the tin & bake for 15 minutes
  • While the madeleines are still warm, put some sugar & cinamon in a broad, shallow dish and roll the warm madeleines in the sugar to coat.

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