Recipe: Madeleine Tree Cake

by olivia hoffman
Photos and Recipes by Eve Cardi

Looking for a centerpiece dessert for your holiday celebrations? We have just the show-stopping treat for you!

In our November/December magazine, Eve Cardi, one of our favorite food stylists, presents us with a gorgeous and festive table featuring a full Christmas meal that puts creative spins on traditional French winter flavors and staples.


The recipe collection from this edition features an earthy mushroom soup with chestnuts that recall a cozy and warm home-for-the-holidays sensation; a salmon pie with spinach and leeks that is sure to tickle the taste buds of any guest looking to honor the French tradition of indulging in seafood in winter; and to finish, she presents a selection of desserts that not only satisfy any end-of-meal cravings, but also serves as the icing on the cake (so to speak) of a fabulous Christmas tablescape.


To get you into the holiday spirit, we’re treating you to one of Eve’s dessert recipes – a festive and oh-so-French Christmas tree cake made entirely from one of the culture’s most classic pastries: Madeleines! For this recipe you will need a 45cm-high polystyrene (styrofoam) pyramid, toothpicks, and around 80 madeleines plus powdered sugar for the “snow” dusting.

If you don’t have a madeleine baking sheet, you can purchase one here. You can also find the link for a pyramid here.

To see more recipes from Eve Cardi’s Christmas Cooking with French Flair, get a copy of the November/December 2023 edition of the magazine here.

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