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Madeleine (French Butter Cake)

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You guys should know how much I adore butter cake! A classic butter cake of any kind is my most favorite of all! Today, I will be showing you how to make French Butter Cake, a.k.a Madeleine.

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Some say that it is very hard to get that iconic bump at the back of the Madeleine. But, it is actually very very easy! With few of my tips and trick, I’m sure you will get it in no time!

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Key to perfect Madeleines,

  • Enough time to let the batter chill to relax the gluten
  • Only adding fat after the chilling period
  • Well-preheated oven
  • Well-greased pans

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Beautiful, Perfecto’! I got my pans from Daiso, it took awhile to restock and I was so happy when I managed to get some on my hands. Be sure to grease well so that it won’t stick. They are well-known to stick onto its pan.

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I never liked dusting my pans, it leaves white marks onto my cake. Which, made my cake looked ugly. What’s my trick? Combine equal amount of oil and flour to make a runny paste. Brush against the pan to grease it in place of oil and dusting flour. Problem solved.

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Made whole lot for my friends. They loved it! 

Madeleine
Makes 25
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Ingredients
  1. (1/2cup) 120 grams of white sugar
  2. ¼ tsp. of salt
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. of honey
  5. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  6. (3/4 cup) 100 grams of plain flour
  7. (2 tbsp.) 20 grams of corn starch
  8. 1 ½ tsp. of baking powder
  9. (1/2 cup) 120 grams of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk whole eggs, salt and sugar until well combined.
  2. Drizzle in vanilla extract and honey.
  3. Sift in plain flour, corn starch and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. Leave it to rest for an hour in the fridge.
  5. Preheat oven to 200C or 180C fan-forced.
  6. For easy release, mix 1 tbsp. of flour and 1 tbsp. of oil to make a paste to coat the pans.
  7. Grease madeleine pans well with the paste.
  8. Fold in melted butter with chilled batter. Transfer into a piping bag.
  9. Pipe the batter onto the greased pan until full.
  10. Bake it in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes.
  11. Remove from pan immediately after baking. Let it cool completely.
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Old-Fashioned Butter Cake

IMG_9971_edited In my lifetime, the best cake I ever had was, my mum’s butter cake. For some reason, I have been always craving for it. That wonderful aroma, a good amount of yellow, and buttery taste. IMG_9912_edited Unfortunately, she had totally forgotten her recipe and my journey to quest the best butter cake recipe started.  I had to gather bits of instructions on how to make the best butter cake from her and went on that journey.  Happy to say that, I came up with the most wonderful, most aromatic old-fashioned buttery butter cake recipe. IMG_9950_edited Like all traditional recipes, eggs were beaten separately. This helps to create that fine crumbs that we all loved and an extra kick to rise the cake. Look at that beautifully well-risen butter cake above. IMG_9906_edited When they say if you know how to make the classic, you are gold (just like butter). When this was in my oven that afternoon, my parents immediately asked what I was baking when they scent that distinctive buttery smell.  IMG_9955_edited  So good that it was gone the next morning. I only had a sliced that day.  🙁  IMG_9956_editedServe this with a cup of tea or coffee when you have friends coming over in the afternoon and they will thank you for it. It makes people weak with gratitude. 

Old-fashioned Butter Cake
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Ingredients
  1. (6.6 oz) 200 grams of unsalted butter, soften
  2. (1/2 cup) 125 grams of fine white sugar
  3. 3 eggs, separated
  4. 1/4 tsp. of vinegar
  5. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  6. (1 1/3 cups) 170 grams of plain flour
  7. 1 tbsp. of corn starch
  8. 3/4 tsp. of baking powder
  9. ¼ tsp. of salt
  10. (1/4 cup) 65 ml of milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced.
  2. Lined loaf pan with parchment paper. (7.9" x 4.3")
  3. In a large bowl, sift in plain flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and vinegar on medium speed until frothy.
  5. Then, turn your mixer to high speed while you slowly add half of your sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks.
  6. Set aside while you cream your butter.
  7. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks one at a time.
  8. Drizzle in vanilla extract.
  9. Turn your mixer down to low speed and stir in your flour mixture gradually. Once well combine, add in your milk.
  10. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in egg white mixture.
  11. Transfer into your loaf pan and bake it in the oven for an hour.
  12. Let it cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before moving it onto a wire rack to further cooling.
  13. Sliced and serve it with a cup of tea or coffee.
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