Cupcake Madeleines

Sunday 21 November 2010

This is a cake that I have always wanted to try, having seen them in bake shop windows . . . but I never had the dariole type of tin molds that you need to bake them in . . . so I despaired of ever being able to bake them . . . at least until I saw this recipe!

Adapted from the cookery book, Women's Institute Cakes, by Liz Herbert, this particular recipe does away competely with the traditional tin molds!

Baked in ordinary paper muffin cases, these are simple and uncomplicated. There's no buttering or flouring of molds . . .

The paper cases peel very easily off the cakes, which are then simply coated in sieved jam and dessicated coconut.

Mmmm . . . soooooo scrummy yummy!

I hate to admit it, but I inhaled two of them quite accidentally . . . before I knew what was happening.

The rest have been put under lock and key . . .

Unfortunately I have the key, tee hee! (Or should I say luckily!!) I'm soo, soo bad, I know . . .but in a very good way.☺ ☺ ☺

*Cupcake Madeleines*
Makes 14
Printable Recipe

A variation of the traditional English Madeleines, except using paper cases instead of the tin molds normally used. Quite, quite delicious!

4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup)
4 ounces soft margarine (tub) (1/2 cup)
4 ounces caster sugar (a generous 1/2 cup)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
4 ounces self raising flour (1 scant cup)
1 TBS milk

For the topping:
2 ounces dessicated coconut (1/2 cup)
4 to 5 TBS red fruit conserve, sieved
7 glace cherries halved

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5. Place 14 paper muffin cases on a baking tray. Set aside.

Cream together the margarine, butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually beat in the eggs, a little at a time, making sure each addition is throughly incorporated before proceeding. If the mixture begins to curdle, add a spoonful of the flour and continue. Once the eggs are completely beaten in, fold in the flour and just enough of the milk to make a soft batter.

Divide the mixture equally amongst the baking cases. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cakes are completely cooled, remove the paper cases. Place the jam into a small bowl and warm slightly in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Place the coconut into another bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin coating of jam over the base and sides of each cake. Roll them into the coconut to coat the jammed surfaces. The top of the cakes is now the bottom. Place on a wire rack to set. Brush the bottom of each of the cherry halves and use to garnish the middle of each cake. Enjoy!!


  1. What pretty little treats. They look like Hostess Raspberry Zingers snack cakes, but I am sure they are WAY better!

  2. Que delicia, se ven preciosas.


  3. Would be pretty for Christmas also:)

  4. Mi sembrano proprio irresistibili ;D

  5. This is a clever take on a classic. Thanks for sharing.!

  6. These are so cute!!! I am making your Treacle Tart for Thanksgiving this week!! In Southern California acquiring the Golden Syrup wasn't as hard as I'd thought!! :) I can't wait to make it!!

  7. i so want to make these for thanksgiving!what kind of preserve did you use, and what is dessicated coconut?

  8. Aimee, I used seedless raspberry jam, which I had warmed gently in the microwave. Dessicated coconut is the dehydrated shredded flesh of the coconut. It is a lot finer and drier than regular flaked or shredded coconut and it is not sweetened.

  9. How pretty they look. Great job Marie.

  10. I love your site particularly for all the English baking that I have missed since moving back from England! BUT you are missing one thing in this recipe and that is how much sugar goes in?? You forgot to list it with the rest of the ingredients?! I put in 1/2 a cup and it seemed about right! Very yummy recipe!!

  11. Thanks so much for pointing out my omission Anonymous! I don't know how I missed that! You are right though, it calles for 4 ounces or a generous 1/2 cup of sugar. Glad you enjoyed them!


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