Glazed Orange-Flower Madeleine Cake

For individual madeleines, follow the batter recipe below. To bake, brush a madeleine pan with melted butter, and fill the molds 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Invert on a wire rack to cool. When cool, dust with powdered sugar.


For the cake:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour, plus more for dusting pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoon dilution of 10 percent neroli (orange-flower) oil (see note)

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons whole milk, hot
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

      260 calories; 12 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 3 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 35 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 26 grams sugars; 2 grams protein; 61 milligrams cholesterol; 14 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

Serves 12


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch cake pan. Place a round of parchment on the bottom, butter the parchment and dust the entire pan with flour, tapping out excess.
  2. Melt the 3/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan. Cool to lukewarm and skim the white solids off the top.
  3. In the bottom of a double boiler, bring 1 inch of water to a very low simmer. Set the top over it. Add the eggs and whisk until lukewarm. Whisk in the sugar. Remove from the heat and, using a hand mixer, beat until pale and creamy, incorporating as much air as possible, 3 to 5 minutes. When cool, gradually fold in the cake flour. Mix in the melted butter, vanilla and neroli oil. Transfer to the cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake is golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Using a knife, separate the edge of the cake from the pan. Turn the cake out onto a plate.
  4. When cool, prepare the glaze. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Stir in the milk, vanilla and orange zest. Spread over the top of the cake.
  • A dilution of 10 percent neroli (orange-flower) oil with 90 percent flavorless almond oil is available at Aphrodisia Herb Shoppe, 264 Bleecker Street, (212) 989-6440 (a 1/3-ounce bottle is about $18).
  • A 10 percent neroli and 90 percent flavorless jojoba oil blend isavailable at (a 1/2 -ounce bottle is $2.95, plus fees and shipping). One-half teaspoon orange-flower water may be substituted for the orange-flower oil, but it will lack the intensity and flavor of the oil.

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