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.
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Elegant Raspberry Rose Layer Cake

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly!

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

I love baking with rosewater because it has such a lovely flavor. However, if you aren’t sure of the taste, you can definitely leave the flavor out, or try using less than the recipe calls for. I promise it’s not overpowering though! I use Cortas Rose Water which you can buy on Amazon here.

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

I love making layer cakes because they are so versatile. You can decorate them any way you want to fit the occasion. This one is inspired by my love for roses and I love how the raspberries give the frosting its naturally pale pink color! No food coloring needed!

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

Instructions:

Even though layer cakes may seem daunting, they really aren’t that difficult to make! First, just follow the recipe for baking the cake and the frosting (found at the end of this post). After the layers have cooled, wrap them in seran wrap and leave the the refrigerator for an hour or so. This will make it easier to slice them in order to even out the tops of the layers. If you don’t cut the tops off, they won’t sit nicely on top of each other and your cake will be wonky!

After unwrapping the layers, go ahead and slice the tops off. You can use a fancy cake slicer if you have one but I just use a knife. Cut off just enough to make the tops nice and flat.

Place your first layer on the cake plate you are going to use, with the top that you just cut facing down, and the smooth bottom of the cake facing the top. Honestly, this doesn’t matter too much but the bottom of the cake has less crumbs on it and it looks nicer when they don’t get all mixed into the frosting.

Spoon frosting on top of the layer and smooth it all over the surface of the cake. Any way you like! Place the second layer of cake on top of the first layer. Again, I put the top facing down, and the bottom facing up. Ice the second layer and then repeat with the third layer.

Now it’s time to get creative! There are lots of ways you can decorate your layer cake now! You can do a naked cake, leaving the sides bare, or frost with a thin layer of frosting so that some of the cake shows through. Or, you can cover it completely in frosting! I was actually going for the naked cake look here but ended up being too OCD when I was frosting it so it’s really not that naked!

Learn to make a raspberry rose layer cake with a bouquet of roses! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

If you chose to frost the sides like I did, you can add globs (never thought I’d be using that word here!) of the frosting to the sides of the cake with a spatula and then smooth them out till the sides are nice and smooth. It’s really all about how you want you cake to look! That’s what makes decorating cakes so much fun!

Learn to make a raspberry rose layer cake with a bouquet of roses! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

Now for my favorite part, decorating the cake with flowers! Make sure you wash them really well before putting them on the cake.

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

Here is the same cake decorated two ways. Which one is your favorite?

Don’t those roses look lovely? They add such elegance to layer cakes!

This elegant Raspberry Rose layer cake is absolutely delicious! The cake itself is delicately flavored with almond extract and rose water and the raspberry rose frosting complements it perfectly! http://www.downflorallane.com/ elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake /

Be sure to let me know how your lovely layer cakes turn out! I can’t wait to see them!

This recipe was adapted from a recipe from lifeloveandsugar.com and can be found here.

Raspberry Rose Cake

Raspberry Rose Cake

Ingredients

    Almond Cake
  • ¾ cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon rose water
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water, lukewarm
    Raspberry Rose Frosting
  • 6 oz (1 cup) fresh raspberries
  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • About 6 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon rosewater

Instructions

    TO MAKE THE CAKE LAYERS:
  1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) .
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
  3. Add sour cream, almond extract and rose water. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add egg whites in two batches, mixing until well combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine the milk and water in a small measuring cup.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for about 21-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
  8. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
    TO MAKE THE FROSTING:
  1. To make the raspberry rose frosting, first puree the raspberries in a food processor. Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
  2. In a large mixer bowl, beat the butter until smooth.
  3. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  4. Add 5 tablespoons of raspberry puree and rose water and mix until smooth.
  5. Slowly add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add additional raspberry puree, as needed.
    TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
  1. To put the cake together, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes so that they’re flat. Place the first cake on a serving plate or a cardboard cake round.
  2. Spread frosting evenly on top of the cake.
  3. Add the second layer of cake cover with raspberry frosting.
  4. Top the cake with the remaining layer and frost the cake with remaining frosting.
  5. Decorate with roses as desired.
http://www.downflorallane.com/elegant-raspberry-rose-layer-cake/