I originally made this for Mother's Day, but it works for any occasion or for whenever you're looking for new ways to combat your sweet tooth. So, I dreamed up this little treat because I had been thinking about Madeleines earlier on in the week and because I really wanted chocolate mousse.

I mainly eat cake for the mousse part anyway so, by breaking it up and putting it in a cup it...
A) saves time,
B) looks nicer,
C) allows you to have any ratio of mousse to Madeleines you want.

The citrus flavor from the Madeleines balances the sweetness of the mousse and makes for a truly tasty cupcake (pun intended).

To Make the Mousse

I followed a Martha Stewart's Chocolate Mousse recipe which you can follow here

To Make the Lemon Madeleines

Adapted from Ricardo's Cuisine recipe here


  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (melted)


  1. In a big bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest for 5 minutes or until ribbons form when the beater is lifted.
  2. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl, and then fold it into the egg mixture using a whisk.
  3. Fold in the butter until everything is well combined. Cover and leave the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. In the last 15 minutes, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C), and butter a rectangular-shaped pan* and set aside. 
  5. Pour the batter into the mold and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown (and a knife inserted comes out clean).

*Note: I don't have the Madeleine molds, and so used whatever pan I had on hand at the moment. You can decide the size/length of the pan depending on how thick or thin you want them to turn out, but be careful because this changes the cooking time too. (If you do have the molds, follow the link I provided for Ricardo's Cuisine and go on from there).

Putting it Together

  1. Once the Madeleines have cooled and the mousse is set, take a glass, a mason jar, or even a bowl, and make a layer of Madeleines at the bottom of the container. 
  2. Top if off with a few dollops of mousse, and you're good to go! Grab a spoon and start munching.