Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It’s a cake that tastes and looks like spring!

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

It’s Forsythia season! I’m usually not very much of a yellow person but when it comes to flowers, that’s a different story! I particularly love Forsythias because they bloom when everything is still bare and gray in the garden and it makes a welcome change after a long winter! Where I live, they are often the first flowers to brave the cold and burst into bloom. The pretty yellow blossoms announce that spring is here! As soon as the Forsythia bushes were covered in flowers, I had to make a cake to celebrate!

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Forsythia: An Edible Flower

Did you know Forsythia flowers are edible? Well they are! You can not only decorate your food with them but you can eat them as well! I’m always so excited when the first bushes come into bloom because they are usually the first of the edible flowers to make an appearance where I live.

What do Forsythia flowers taste like? They have a faint floral flavor but nothing strong or over powering. In fact, if you’re new to edible flowers or unsure about trying a stronger floral flavor like rose or lavender, Forsythia is one to try!

As always, please use our own good judgment when eating edible flowers and always eat in moderation and small quantities if you have never had them before. This recipe uses some Forsythia flowers in the cake batter but it’s optional and you’re welcome to leave them out. It really won’t alter the flavor much.

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Benefits of Eating Forsythia

However, take a look at the following list of benefits to eating Forsythia and you might change your mind! Forsythia is good for:

  1. Colds and flu – Because of its potent antiviral properties, Forsythia has been used to help fight colds and flu.
  2. Nausea – Forsythia sometimes helps to counteract Nausea.
  3. Earaches  – Drinking a Forsythia tea can help to alleviate the pain of an earache caused by infections
  4. Skin conditions and wrinkles – The anti-bacterial effects of Forsythia make it a wonderful skin care product. Washing your face with Forsythia flower water can effectively reduce melasma (facial pigmentation),  acne, and wrinkles over time!
  5. Inflammation – Forsythia compresses can reduce inflammation because of the flower’s anti-inflammatory properties.

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Further Reading on Forsythia

If you’d like to read more about Forsythia as an edible flower, here are some articles that I found informative.

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Forsythia Recipes to Try

Regardless of whether or not you decide to actually bake the flower petals inside your cake or not, I would definitely recommend decorating your spring cakes with them! You can even use them to garnish salads and give your greens some color! If you’d prefer, this cake recipe can also be made into cupcakes instead of a layer cake. Here are some other Forsythia recipes you can try:

Forsythia Jelly

Forsythia Syrup

Strawberry and Forsythia Tartelettes

Salmon Sandwiches with Forsythia Flowers

Green Salad with Forsythia Flowers

Forsythia Dandelion Jelly

Banana Cake decorated with Forsythia Flowers

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

Directions to Make the Cake

This recipe makes three cake layers. The cake itself is flavored with real fresh squeezed lemon juice and blueberries. It also features 1/4 cup of Forsythia flowers added to the batter as well! This part is optional though, so feel free to leave out the flowers if you’d prefer! Alternatively, you could add less than 1/4 cup. The first time I made this recipe, I used only 1/8 a cup of Forsythia flowers.

Make the cake and frosting according to the directions in the recipe at the end of the blog post. When the cake layers were cooled and ready to decorate, I filled them with lemon buttercream and covered the sides with a thin layer of frosting. Since I was going for a rustic look, I wasn’t too worried about making it perfectly smooth.

If you would like more complete directions on how to put together a layer cake, I explained the process in more detail here in my Raspberry Rose Layer Cake blog post.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

After frosting the cake, it’s time for the fun part! Gather branches of Forsythia flowers and wash them gently in water. After they have dried, you can either take the flowers off the branches or leave them on the branches depending on how you want to decorate the cake. I actually decorated the cake a few ways to see how it would look.

The first cake is circled with a wreath of Forsythia branches. I just took little branches and placed them on the cake plate, surrounding the cake. I finished it off with a few dainty flowers on top.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

For the second cake, I used just the Forsythia flowers and placed them randomly all over the cake. It’s like a Funfetti Forsythia Cake!

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

The third cake, was a mix of the first two. A wreath of Forsythia branches around the bottom, and flowers all over the top.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Which way do you like the best?!

Be sure to let me know how your cakes turn out if you make this recipe! I’d love to see them!

The following recipe was adapted from recipes on Mels Kitchen Cafe and Better Baking Bible.

 

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

A fresh lemon and blueberry layer cake with edible Forsythia flowers and covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting

Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups (13 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs (7 ounces), room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (storebought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Forsythia blossoms (washed and dried) plus more for decorating (optional)
    Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup of Butter (2 sticks)
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar (or more if needed)
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon extract

Instructions

    Directions for Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. (You may also use two 9-inch pans instead).
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), cream together the butter, sugar and lemon extract until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes (don't cut down the time on this step).
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla until well-combined, 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined and a few dry streaks remain.
  5. Add the buttermilk and lemon juice to the batter, and stir by hand, folding the batter until just combined.
  6. In another bowl, toss the blueberries with the 2 tablespoons flour (see note above). Add the blueberries and remnants of flour to the batter. Toss in the Forsythia blossoms if using and fold in by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon until just-combined. Overmixing may result in a tough, dry cake.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until just baked through. The top will spring back lightly to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out with moist crumbs but not wet batter.
  8. Let the cakes cool for 5-10 minutes in the pans before turning them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
    Directions for Frosting:
  1. In a bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add in confectioner's sugar, milk and lemon extract. Add more confectioner's sugar if necessary.
  3. Frost the cake as desired.
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DIY Floral Easter Eggs With Mod-Podge and Paper Napkins

Easter is in one week! For those of you who are looking for a last minute Easter egg project, consider making these pretty DIY Easter eggs! They are made from paper napkins and mod podge!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

What I love best about this project is that I can get watercolor Easter eggs even though I can’t paint! They are so easy to make and you can customize them to your taste by using any paper napkin you like!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Supplies Needed

  • A bottle of Mod Podge
  • Paper Napkins with a pretty design
  • Faux white eggs (I bought mine for a few dollars at WalMart!)

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Instructions

Step 1: Take a paper napkin and take apart the layers, making sure that you use only the top part. The napkin I used had three layers. I took them apart and set aside the floral side to use on the eggs.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 2: Cut the paper napkin into short strips about the length of your egg, or into squares. They don’t all have to be even or the same size. You can even cut out particular shapes or patterns.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 3: Put a drop or two of mod podge onto your egg and spread it around a bit.

Step 4: Place a napkin strip or shape onto the mod podge.

Step 5: Put another drop or 2 of mod podge onto of the napkin piece.

Step 6: With your finger, (or a small paint brush) spread the mod podge all over the top of the napkin, smoothing it down as you go. The whole egg should be covered in a layer of mod podge and napkins. Don’t worry if the pod modge goes on thick. It will still dry clear. The trick here, is just to get the napkin as smooth as possible so it doesn’t dry and leave wrinkles on your pattern.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-6, until the eggs has been completely covered in paper napkins. Alternatively, you could do one side at a time, let it dry and then do another side. This process makes the egg easier to handle, it just takes more time so I preferred to do it all at once.

Step 7: Set the egg to dry on a small stand. (I used a round scotch tape roll but I saw these egg stands on Amazon and they would probably work great too!) Turn the egg over every so often to make sure all the sides get a chance to dry.

 Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

And that’s it! When the eggs are dry, you will have some pretty Easter decorations to use however you like! Since I use the fake eggs to do this, rather than real egg shells, they are unbreakable and I can even let my toddler play with them!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

These eggs can be used in so many different ways to decorate for spring and Easter. I’ve even used them to decorate a spring Bundt Cake!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 This was honestly such an easy project to do! I had seen this egg decorating method on Pinterest and was skeptical if I could get my eggs to look as pretty as those. But this DIY project really works! If I can do it, so can you!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

If you make these eggs, be sure to let me know how you use them! I love seeing all your ideas!


12 Edible Flower Dessert Recipes for Spring

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking!

 

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking! http://www.downflorallane.com/12-edible-flower-dessert-recipes-spring/

 

1. Pineapple and Passion Fruit Roulade

Recipe can be found on Cooked.com by Lucy Bee

This cake is the epitome of a spring recipe! I just love the bright, cheerful colors of the Pansies!

https://www.cooked.com.au/Lucy-Bee/Quadrille-Publishing/Coconut-Oil-Natures-Perfect-Ingredient/Cakes--cookies/Pineapple-and-passion-fruit-roulade-recipe?utm_source=taguchi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly&utm_content=cake

2. Pressed Flower Sugar Cookies

Recipe can be found on Elle Decor by Kelsey Kloss

These are just darling! You can’t get much more floral than cookies with real pressed flowers!

3. Pansy Petal Pancakes (Crepes)

Recipe can be found on CraftFoxes.com from the book “Cooking with Flowers” by
by Miche Bacher

How fun are these!? I feel like the effort to make them is worth the stunning result!

4. Flowerfetti Cake

Recipe can be found on Twigg Studios by Aimee Twigger

This cake is drop dead gorgeous! It would look amazing on any Easter or spring table!

5. Sugared Elderflower Bundt Cake

Recipe can be found on PheonyLim

This cake is so lovely! I love the added touch of sugaring the flowers to give it a delicate look.

6. The Prettiest Apple Pie

Recipe can be found on MonikaHibbs.com by Monika Hibbs

I can’t get over how lovely this pie is. I usually don’t think of pies for spring but I would make this any time!

7. Floral Donuts

Recipe can be found on The Merry Thought

Donuts aren’t something I would have thought to put flowers on but look how fun these are!

8. Rose Petal Lollipops

Recipe can be found on A Carrie’d Affair Blog by Carrie

These are so lovely! They are the prettiest lollipops I have ever seen!

9. Rosewater Almond Madeleines

Recipe can be found on Down Floral Lane blog

Madeleines look pretty on any occasion, especially surrounded by lots of pale pink rose petals.

10. Raspberry Rose Layer Cake

Recipe can be found on the Down Floral Lane blog

You can’t beat a layer cake for any special occasion and this one with roses is just perfect for spring.

11. Tulip Ice Cream Bowls

Recipe can be found on Delish.com from Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher

Eating Ice Cream out of Tulip cups makes it all the more delicious! Such a lovely idea!

12. Edible Flower Marshmallows

Recipe from The Proper Blog by Lexy Ward

I love homemade marshmallows and these floral ones are just so colorful and cheerful!

So there you have it! Twelve gorgeous recipes that use edible flowers and are perfect for Spring. I’m having a hard time deciding which one to make for Easter! They’re all so lovely! Which ones do you love? Have any more to add to the list? 🙂


Rosewater Madeleines

Madeleines are one of my favorite things! Not only are they delicious and pretty, but they are so easy to make! Today I want to answer a few questions you may have about making your own Madeleines and share my favorite rosewater and almond flavored Madeleine recipe with you!

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

What Are Madeleines?

Madeleines are delicious, buttery sponge cakes. They are baked in shell molds which gives them the distinctively pretty shapes. Originally from France, Madeleines can be found in bakeries or specialty shops. Of course, homemade ones are the best so I encourage you to try making your own. They really aren’t that difficult to make at all.

 

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

Where to Buy Madeleine Pans

The recipe that I’m sharing, uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. However,  you will need a Madeleine pan to make the pretty shell pattern. I bought mine at my local TJMaxx store for less than $10.00. If you prefer, they are also for sale on Amazon here. It’s definitely worth the investment!

You will also need rose water. If you don’t already have some, you can easily buy in on amazon here. I use Cortas Rose Water all the time for my baking and even beauty products and it’s always worked wonderfully!

 

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

How to Serve Madeleines

These lovely cakes are perfect with a cup of tea or  coffee any day of the week, or for special occasions on an elegant party dessert table. I left them plain one this particular day but you can dip them in melted chocolate, sprinkle them with powdered sugar, or even colored sugar! I love how versatile they are!

Madeleines and rose petals complement each other so well! I mean, these little cakes are gorgeous on their own, but the pale pink petals give them an extra touch of elegance, don’t they! I almost always want to display them surrounded by rose petals.

 

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

Madeleine Flavors

Not a fan of rosewater like the recipe I’m sharing? The rosewater and almond extract can be substituted for other flavorings like vanilla or lemon extract. Madeleines taste lovely with many other flavors. Try your favorite in substitute of the almond extract and rosewater in this recipe to make a different kind. Some flavors that I have tried and love are: Lemon, vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, lavender, and mint to name a few. Mix and match and experiment to come up with your own!

 

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

Tips for Baking:

  • Don’t overcook them! Dry madeleines don’t taste as good so be sure to check on them and adjust your cooking time as needed. (Of course, if you do accidentally overcook them, they are still yummy dunked in tea or coffee. )
  • Use butter to oil the pans and not cooking spray. The butter gives them a lovely golden color and a crispy shell.
  • Be careful not to overfill the pans. I fill them about 3/4 full, or till the batter doesn’t quite reach the edge of the mold.

 

These rosewater and almond flavored madeleines are not only delicious and pretty, but they're so easy to make! http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/

 

Rosewater and Almond Madeleine Recipe

This recipe was slightly adapted  from the one on fleurdeselsf.com found here.

 

Rosewater Madeleines

Rosewater Madeleines

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, to grease the pans
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Using a pastry brush, brush melted butter in madeleine pan and dust with flour if desired.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, rose water and almond extract on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light yellow and fluffy. Add the melted butter and mix. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir into batter with a rubber spatula.
  3. With a spoon, drop the batter into the pans, filling each shell almost full. Bake the madeleines for about 10 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto parchment paper and allow to cool.
  4. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, or dunk in melted chocolate, if desired.
http://www.downflorallane.com/rosewater-almond-madeleines/