The 5 Best Madeleine Pans of 2023

The Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Madeleine Pan our top pick

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Best Madeleine Pans

The Spruce Eats / Lecia Landis

Though madeleines are only small sponge cakes shaped like shells, they somehow always have an air of sophistication, and there are a number of reasons for that. The first and foremost reason is the shape, which is delicately molded and detailed to look like a soft ivory fan. Another reason is that when made well, madeleines are incredibly light in texture, almost melting on the tongue.

The other reasons have to do with their history. Originating in the Lorraine region of France, madeleines were perfected in the chateau kitchens of the father-in-law of Louis XV of France. And their name is the same as an elderly cook in that kitchen: Madeleine Paumier. Though basically a form of sponge cake, they’ve become famous in literary circles as the most well-known food to have inspired an author to write a masterpiece of a novel, Marcel Proust’s “Remembrances of Things Past.” Proust writes that it is “a little shell of a cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating.”

Apart from all that, madeleines are not overly sweet, they’re easy to make, and you can have them at any time of the day: breakfast, snack time, or dessert. If you use the best ingredients and have a great madeleine pan, you’re all set to develop a madeleine habit. And that’s actually a good thing.

Best Overall

Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Madeleine Pan

Williams Sonoma Goldtouch® Nonstick Madeleine Plaque Pan

Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Nonstick pan for easy clean-up

  • Comes in two sizes

  • Durable aluminized steel

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

This truly gorgeous gold pan from makes baking feel like a luxury! With molds for 16 madeleines, the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro pan is made of commercial-grade aluminized steel—most likely a carbon steel core that's plated in aluminum before it's given a nonstick coating. This means it's heavy enough to withstand a lot of use. The durable nonstick coating is scratch-resistant and the entire Goldtouch Pro line is better at releasing food than before.

This 15.75 x 11-inch pan is safe for the dishwasher, though handwashing is recommended to maintain the beautiful gold surface. If you're looking for mini madeleines, that version has wells for 25 little cakes, and slightly larger side handle space.

Price at time of publish: $40

Dimensions: 15.75 x 11 x 0.5 inches | Wells: 16 | Oven Safe Temperature: 450 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but hand-washing is recommended

Best Silicone

Silpat Perfect Madeleine Mold

Sur La Table Silpat Madeleine Mold

Sur La Table

What We Like
  • Silicone is perfect for madeleines

  • Flexible for easy release

  • Safe up to 500 degrees

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

This silicone madeleine mold might be one of the best uses of the Silpat material yet! Silpats are made of a nonstick, fiberglass material that's flexible and lightweight. Additionally, it's difficult to brown baked goods in silicone molds, so your madeleines will bake up perfectly. Easy to store and clean, this 16-well mold does not require any greasing at all and releases pastries easily. This mold should be supported by a metal pan during baking and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Made in France, this 15.75 x 11.6-inch mold is dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe, and comes with a lifetime warranty. You do have to take care to not use knives, scrapers, or cutters on the mold.

Price at time of publish: $63

Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.6 inches | Wells: 16 | Oven Safe Temperature: 500 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Best Nonstick

Chicago Metallic Madeleine Non-Stick Rectangle Pan

Chicago Metallic Madeleine Non-Stick Rectangle


What We Like
  • Carbon steel core promotes even baking

  • Affordable

  • Very sturdy and durable

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

Chicago Metallic puts as much care into the manufacture of its pans for home baking as it does for its commercial bakeware lines. This sturdy, well-designed madeleine pan with a total of 12 molds is a workhorse.

Measuring 15.75 x 7.75 inches and weighing a little under a pound, the aluminized steel pan comes with a silicone-based nonstick surface. The durable carbon steel allows for superior heat conduction and even baking, and it's oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. While it’s dishwasher safe, Chicago Metallic recommends handwashing.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 15.8 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches | Wells: 12 | Oven Safe Temperature: 450 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: No

Best Mini

Chefmade Mini Madeleine Pan

Chefmade Mini Madeleine Pan


If you're making madeleines as a part of a full brunch spread, making the mini version allows everyone to fully enjoy these precious tea cakes. And this Chefmade bakeware is the perfect pan for just that. The 16-well pan has a carbon steel core and PTFE-free nonstick coating, so the cakes should bake evenly and slide right out.

In addition to making a lot of madeleines, we also like that this pan has wide sides for easy gripping in and out of the oven. Chefmade also makes various shapes for madeleines—we especially love the heart-shaped pan. While this pan is dishwasher-safe, hand-washing is recommended to protect the finish.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 12.9 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches | Wells: 16 | Oven Safe Temperature: 428 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but hand-washing is recommended

Best Set

Beasea 3-Pack Nonstick Madeleine Pans Set

Beasea Three Pack Nonstick Madeleine Pans


What We Like
  • Includes a fun claw shape

  • Very affordable

  • Carbon-steel core

What We Don't Like
  • Only 6 wells per pan

Sometimes the best part of baking is playing with your food, and this set of madeleine pans helps you do just that. There are three different shapes: the traditional madeleine, scallop-shaped molds, and the third pan has wells in the shape of a cat’s claw!

Each carbon-steel pan comes with six wells and has a nonstick coating. Due to the metal core, the 10.4 x 7.1-inch pans should heat evenly during every bake. Handwashing is recommended.

Price at time of publish: $17

Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.1 inches | Wells: 6 | Oven Safe Temperature: Not available | Dishwasher Safe: No

Final Verdict

If you’d like to have a no-muss, no-fuss madeleine baking experience every time you make them, we like the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Madeleine Pan. If you're looking for the perfect madeleines, pick up the Silpat Perfect Madeleine Mold.

What to Look for in a Madeleine Pan


Every baker develops a personal preference for pan material. Some like the classic all-metal designs, others go with nonstick coatings, and many are fond of silicone bakeware. If you're not committed to one type, there are advantages to each.

Aluminum and steel pans conduct heat well and offer even baking results. Since madeleines are prone to sticking, many pans are coated with silicone or similar material as well. Nonstick coating can lower the pan's maximum temperature range, but madeleines are typically baked around 375 degrees, so this is generally not an issue. Darker surfaces may require a minute or two less in the oven.

Silicone pans are often dishwasher safe, won't stain or rust, and produce nice baked goods but needs to be set on a baking sheet. The main difference is that silicone is a poor heat conductor and won't brown the surface of your baked goods. With a delicate cookie like the madeleine, this is a good thing! The tradeoff are silicone can be easily damaged by sharp objects and can be quite expensive.


The average madeleine pan has 12 mold cavities, and you can find pans that bake 16 or 20 cookies at once. You may not use all the molds in a high-capacity pan because most madeleine recipes are designed for multiples of a dozen cookies, so one or two 12-mold pans may be the best choice.


What is a madeleine pan?

A madeleine pan is a one-piece baking pan with shell-shaped cavities to create the traditional look of this French cookie. Each mold is about 2 inches wide and 3 inches long; the cookies shrink slightly as they bake. The cookies are baked upside down, so one side (the bottom while in the pan) has ridges that resemble a seashell, while the top expands slightly to give the cookie its signature hump.

How do you remove madeleines from the pan?

Releasing baked goods from any molded pan can be tricky, and madeleines are notorious for sticking. When using metal pans, be sure to grease them thoroughly—butter is traditionally preferred—to coat all grooves evenly. Sprinkling flour on the butter helps as well. Silicone may not need greasing; check the manufacturer's recommendation.

Remove the madeleines as soon as they come out of the oven to prevent soggy cookies that might stick: Invert the pan over a wire rack, and they should slide out of an adequately greased pan. If the cookies need some help, use an offset spatula to pry them out. Avoid using metal utensils with nonstick and silicone pans.

What's the best way to clean a madeleine pan?

Handwashing is often recommended for madeleine pans. Silicone pans and some other materials are dishwasher safe, but even then, many manufacturers recommend handwashing to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. Avoid abrasives and metal tools, especially on nonstick coating. Use a soft dishcloth or sponge to get in all the crevices after letting the pan soak for a few minutes in warm soapy water. Be sure to let the pan dry completely—or dry it by hand, then let it finish air-drying to remove all traces of moisture—before putting it away for storage.

What can I use instead of a madeleine pan?

Since madeleine pans are a specialty kitchen tool, it's understandable that not everyone wants to add one to their kitchen. If you'd like to try these home-baked goodies without the commitment, pour the batter into a mini muffin, tart, scone, or popover pan. You can also set cupcake liners out on a baking sheet, add the batter, then gently fold the liner so the cookie bakes into a diamond shape. Of course, none of these alternatives will create the madeleine's charming shell shape, but they'll still taste great.

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Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their Fashion Weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. Having the right tools available and knowing how to use them well (it can take practice, like anything else) makes all the difference, and she curated this list with that in mind.

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