Orange Glazed Chocolate Madeleines

This chocolate madeleines recipe is delicious and easy to make. These chocolate madeleines are soft and are covered with a light orange glaze and orange zest.

Belula March 10, 2022
The orange glazed chocolate madeleines disposed in a circular manner on a grey plate.

This recipe for chocolate madeleines is a keeper. You are going to love how moist and fluffy these little shell-shaped cakes are. These orange chocolate madeleines are made using cocoa powder in the batter and then covered in a light orange glaze once they have completely cooled off. In this recipe, you will get all the tips and tricks to get the most beautiful and delicious orange glazed madeleines. Can’t wait for you to try it out! P.S: If you are more of a lemon kind of person be sure to check this lemon brown butter classic madeleines!

One hand holding a chocolate madeleine with the bump side up and other orange glazed madeleines underneath.
The orange glazed chocolate madeleines disposed in a circular manner on a grey plate.
Closeup of the orange glazed chocolate madeleines.

Ingredient & Material Notes

  • Cocoa powder: use a good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Fresh Orange: you will need both the juice and the zest for the orange glaze.
  • Butter: unsalted and with an 82% fat content.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour is called for to make this recipe.
  • Madeleine pan: I like this one as it will help these chocolate madeleines to be removed from the pan easily. If you don’t have one, no worries, you can still make madeleines, they will just be shaped differently. You can use a mini muffin tin to bake these cakes.
  • Piping bag: I use disposable piping bags. Don’t worry, I tell you how to fill the pans if you don’t have a piping bag or really don’t like using them!

How to make this recipe

To make chocolate orange glazed madeleines you simply have to:

  • Make the chocolate madeleine batter
  • Let the batter rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator
  • Fill the madeleine pan with the batter
  • Bake these small chocolate cakes
  • Prepare the orange glaze
  • Glaze the madeleines
The eggs, sugar and milk inside a the mixing bowl.
THe flour and cocoa powder inside a sift on top of a white bowl.
The beaten eggs, sugar and milk inside a mixing bowl.
The beaten eggs, sugar and milk inside a mixing bowl plus the dry ingredients.
The chocolate madeleine batter plus the melted butter inside the mixing bowl.
The chocolate madeleine inside a plastic container ready to be chilled.
The chocolate madeleine inside a plastic container after it has been chilled for 24 hours.
The smoothed out chocolate madeleine inside a plastic container after it has been chilled for 24 hours.
The buttered madeleine baking tray.
One hand ppiping the chocolate madeleine batter into the madeleine tray.
The madeleine tray filled with the chocolate madeleine batter ready for the oven.
THe baked chocolate madeleines inside the baking tray.
THe baked chocolate madeleines truned over inside the baking tray.
The orange glaze inside a small bowl.
The orange glazed chocolate madeleines resting on top of a wire rack.
Closeup of the orange glazed chocolate madeleines resting on top of a wire rack after the glaze has set.

Recipe notes

  • This is a simple mixture, don’t over whisk the batter.
  • Make this chocolate madeleine batter using a stand mixer and add the ingredients one after the other in the order called for in the recipe.
  • Make sure each ingredient has been properly incorporated into the batter before mixing in the next ingredient.
  • Butter must be added to the batter melted at 65 C° (150 F)
  • Butter must be added into the batter delicately.
  • The batter must rest in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking the chocolate madeleines
  • Fill each madeleine shell up to 2/3 of the rim using a piping bag.
  • Be sure to pre-heat the oven to 250 C° (480 F).
  • Baking time will depend from oven to oven, but between 6 to 7 minutes. These chocolate madeleines bake fairly quickly so stay close.
  • Madeleines can be removed from the oven when the bump has completely grown and they are baked through. You will notice that the bump initially forms but the madeleines are still not ready as the center is still not properly baked. Once they are slightly golden and they look set, you can remove the tray and touch one of the madeleines to see if they are completely cooked through.
  • Let the madeleines completely cool off over a wire rack before glazing them.
  • When making the orange glaze, be sure to add the juice into the sugar little by little until you obtain the desired consistency. This recipe makes a rather thin glaze, more on the liquid side; However, if you prefer it thicker, then add less juice than the recipe calls for.
  • To glaze, you can either dip each madeleine into the glaze – the shell side, or you can place them all over a wire rack and then pour the glaze over.
  • Grate fresh orange peel over them while the glaze is still fresh.
One hand holding a chocolate madeleine with the shell side up and other orange glazed madeleines underneath.
One orange glazed chocolate madeleine sliced open with other madeleines around it.

Expert notes

  • To butter the madeleine pan, use softened butter and a brush to make sure it is properly distributed. This will help the madeleines to develop their shape as they are baked.
  • I recommend using a piping bag to fill the pan to make it easier to equally distribute the batter; However, if you don’t have a piping bag you can fill the pan using two small spoons.
  • Make sure you don’t overfill the pan with the batter or the madeleines will not grow their bump in the oven. Each madeleine shell should be filled with approximately 25/28 g of batter.
  • Once you remove the madeleines from the oven, turn them over in the pan quickly, this will ensure they don’t stick to it.

Make ahead

  • Chocolate madeleine batter: can be made up to 48 hours in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then bake as instructed in the recipe.
  • Orange glaze: has to be made on the spot, once the madeleines are ready to be glazed.

Storage tips

These orange glazed madeleines can be kept for up to 4 days at room temperature stored in an airtight container.

Freezer instructions

These chocolate madeleines can be frozen before they have been covered with the orange glaze. To do so, once they have completely cooled off, cover each madeleine in saran wrap then place in an airtight container and place in the freezer. They keep for up to 1 month.

To defrost: remove from the container (keep the saran wrap) and place at room temperature for about 4 hours. Then remove the wrap and proceed as instructed in the recipe.

Variations for this recipe

These chocolate orange madeleines can be made using any other citrus you like by simply replacing the orange this recipe calls for with the desired citrus.

You can fill these chocolate madeleines with Nutella orcreamy chocolate ganache. To do so make a small hole at the center of the madeleine (shell side) using a piping tip or a small knife, then pipe in the chocolate ganache and finally cover with the orange glaze. The glaze will seal the hole and keep the chocolate ganache inside the madeleine.

The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Servings: 15 madeleines
Nutrition: 155 cal
Cuisine: French


Chocolate Madeleines

  • Eggs 100 g
  • Sugar 75 g
  • Whole Milk 40 g
  • Flour 100 g
  • Cocoa Powder 25 g
  • Baking Powder 6 g
  • Butter 115 g

Orange glaze

  • Orange Juice 30 g
  • Powdered Sugar 145 g
  • Orange Peel 5 g


  • 1. Make the chocolate madeleine batter: Melt the butter and keep warm. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa and baking powder) and set aside. Mix the eggs and sugar. Then, lower the mixer speed and whisk in the sifted flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Finally, delicately mix in the melted butter. Transfer the batter to an airtight container, cover with saran wrap (in contact with the batter), then close the container with the lid. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • 2. Fill the madeleine pan: Butter and flour the madeleine pan using a brush. Remove the chocolate madeleine batter from the refrigerator and smooth it out using a spatula. Next, fill a piping bag with the chocolate madeleine batter and fill the pan up to 2/3 of the rim. Slightly tap the tray against the countertop to evenly distribute the batter.
  • 3. Bake the chocolate madeleines: Preheat the oven to 250 C° (480 F). Place the madeleine tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 6 to 7 minutes - until the chocolate madeleines have grown the bump and are baked through.
  • 4. Prepare the orange glaze: Freshly squeeze the orange juice and strain it. Whisk the orange juice into the powdered sugar until you obtain the desired consistency.
  • 5. Glaze the madeleines: Dip each madeleine (shell side) into the glaze and place over a wire rack (glazed side up) until the orange glaze has completely set. Enjoy!
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Gloria Jartos March 15, 2022

Pretty tough making a recipe using g ... how many eggs is 100g etc 🤷🏻‍♀️

Belén Gowland
Belula March 17, 2022

Hi Gloria,
100 g eggs is approximately 2 medium size eggs. Eggs are considered to weight 50 g (20 g for the yolk and 30 g for the white).
Hope this helps!

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