Delightful Blueberry Madeleines with Lemon Zest

These blueberry madeleines are a delightful twist on the classic French tea cake, infused with the bright flavors of fresh lemon and juicy blueberries. Each madeleine has a light, buttery base with bursts of blueberry and a hint of lemon, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and zesty freshness. The optional addition of vanilla sugar enhances the flavor, making these little cakes irresistibly aromatic.

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Fresh and Fruity: The combination of lemon and blueberries offers a refreshing taste that’s not overly sweet, ideal for pairing with your afternoon tea or coffee.
  • Elegant and Portable: Their size and shape make them perfect for serving at parties or enjoying as a snack on the go.
  • Simple Ingredients, Sophisticated Outcome: While the ingredients are straightforward, the result is a batch of elegant and beautifully golden madeleines that are sure to impress.

Perfect Occasion: These blueberry madeleines are fantastic for brunches, tea parties, or as a sophisticated treat to enjoy at home. They’re also great for packing in lunchboxes as a special dessert or giving as a homemade gift, beautifully packaged.

Decoration Tips:

  1. Dust with Powdered Sugar: A light dusting of powdered sugar before serving adds a lovely touch of sweetness and makes them look even more tempting.
  2. Lemon Glaze: For a shinier finish, drizzle a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and lemon juice over the tops.
  3. Blueberry Topping: Place a whole fresh blueberry on top of each madeleine before baking for an added burst of flavor and a decorative touch.
  4. Serve with Style: Present these madeleines on a vintage platter or tiered cake stand lined with lace doilies for an elegant display.


  • Madeleines:
    • 3 eggs
    • 150g granulated sugar
    • 10g vanilla sugar (optional)
    • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
    • 45ml milk
    • 120g unsalted butter, melted
    • 200g all-purpose flour
    • 10g baking powder
    • 100g blueberries, fresh or frozen


  1. Prepare for Baking:
    • Preheat your oven to 250°C (482°F).
    • Thoroughly butter a madeleine mold.
  2. Mix the Batter:
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until well combined.
    • Add the milk, lemon juice, and zest, mixing until integrated.
    • Gradually pour in the melted butter, stirring continuously.
    • Sift in the flour and baking powder, mixing until just combined.
    • Gently fold in the blueberries to distribute evenly throughout the batter.
  3. Chill:
    • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes to help ensure the madeleines develop their characteristic bump.
  4. Bake the Madeleines:
    • Spoon the batter into the prepared mold, filling each cavity nearly full.
    • Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (392°F) and bake the madeleines for 10 minutes, or until they are puffed up and golden around the edges.
  5. Serve:
    • Allow the madeleines to cool slightly in the mold before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Serve as is or dust with powdered sugar for added sweetness.

Enjoy these exquisite blueberry madeleines, where traditional French baking meets the delightful flavors of lemon and blueberries for a treat that’s as delicious to eat as it is beautiful to behold.

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