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Using store-bought madeleines makes whipping up these tasty Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles a breeze! With lemon curd topped with a creamy, cream cheese-based lemon mousse, this simple lemon dessert is a winner!

Two Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles on a wood table

Madeleines for the trifles
My box of madeleines…which freeze nicely~
Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles step one process shot
The madeleines placed in the lemon curd~
Side view of two individual lemon madeleine triles

Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles

My hubby is always teasingly asking when this little blog of mine is going to start raking in the big bucks. Well, I haven’t hit that jackpot yet, but I’ve gotten a few perks like a complimentary box of Donsuemor Madeleines.  All I needed to do was create a recipe from the flavors I selected. These tender cakes are fabulous as a snack or they can be incorporated into a lovely dessert like these trifles. My delicious package contained both Lemon Zest and Chocolate Madeleines, the first being the inspiration for this lemon dessert!

Two lemon desserts on a cutting board

Lemon Dessert

Oh, boy, were these little numbers tasty!  The intense shot of citrus curd at the bottom balanced the fluffy, slightly lemony cream cheese filling.  When I’ve made madeleines at home, they were dried out by the end of the day, but Donsuemor’s remained moist and flavorful.  This is a dessert I’ll make again and again. Even picky Bill raved about these Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles. and this was seriously one of my favorite desserts of the summer.

One Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles with a bite removed


Lemon Madeleine Trifle with a spoonful removed

Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles

An easy, semi-homemade lemon dessert!


Lemon Curd:

  • Zest from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice.


  • 4 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, whipped


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • 12 Donsuemor Lemon Zest Madeleines (ladyfingers could be substituted in a pinch)


To make the lemon curd:

  1. Whiz together zest and sugar in a food processor till zest is fine and incorporated well.
  2. Cream lemon sugar and butter with mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by the lemon juice. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over low heat till thickened, stirring constantly. This should take about 10 minutes. Cool, cover and refrigerate.

To make lemon cream:

  1. With a mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice. When well mixed, fold in whipped cream. Refrigerate till needed.
  2. Whip cream and sugar till soft peaks form. Refrigerate till needed.


  1. Divide lemon curd between 4 one-cup glass bowls. Insert 3 madeleines around the perimeter with scalloped sides facing outward. Divide filling between dishes and smooth top to edges. Top with whipping cream and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g


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59 comments on “Individual Lemon Madeleine Trifles”

  1. Jackpot! Love madelines…and lemon…so definitely love this!

  2. How yummy! I’d probably have to eat 2 of these cups.

  3. These are adorable and so very creative!

  4. They do sound and look delightful! I have been wanting little dessert ramekins and finally just ordered some! Guess what’s first on the list!

  5. Keep going with all the lovely desserts and soon the bucks will come. Isn’t it great making this soft lemony Trifles with the complimentary product? This is my kind of dessert, remains of ice-cream, cool and chilled one.

  6. Wowv this looks outstanding as always you outdid yourself again! awesome photos as well as recipe!~

  7. Yummy!! This is my kind of recipe! πŸ™‚

  8. Lizzy,
    I’m super excited. I’m getting my box any day, and I haven’t decided what to do with them yet!!! I picked out the same two flavors. Joy! I’ve never had a madeleine before, so I’m even more excited to see what they taste like! Thanks Donsuemor!

  9. I will definitely make this soon… it looks so gorgeous and simple to make πŸ™‚

  10. These are so pretty! Perfect little dessert for summer with that lemon curd!

  11. Ooh, yum!! I’ve been wanting to make Madeleines, just need the pan. And now I know what to make with them. Thanks, Lizzy!

  12. Well aren’t these the cutest little things!

  13. amazing Lizzy!! I love lemon desserts and specially little servings, Lizzy I love all your recipes!LOL, gloria

  14. Such a wonderful looking recipe and using the Madeleines is brilliant.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  15. These are so pretty! I love the lemon slice on top. I have a bunch of lemons waiting to be used, might have to try this!

  16. Could you sell the recipe to Donsuemor? Or ask for unlimited free supply from Donsuemor which you sell to K-Mart?

  17. YUM! Who can refuse a trifle? I love that you used lemon too. Great job making them portioned controlled… but I may just have to eat two. : )

  18. Omg I love these! This is so cute and the idea of using the madeleine’s is genius!

  19. I LOVE these! You make it look so easy to make such a wonderful dessert! Thanks!

  20. Lovely looking dessert! This looks like the perfect mid-August treat.

  21. Your recipe looks so pretty, and delicious! Thanks for recommending me for this! I created my recipe this weekend!

  22. These look gorgeous and absolutely delicious!!! Yumma!

  23. Looks delicious! I’ve never thought to make my own lemon curd – you’ve prompted me to do so.

  24. My husband teases me about the same thing all the time. You think they’d just enjoy the bonus of the good food, eh? Speaking of….those trifles are amazing. I adore lemony sweets and you’ve hit that spot dead on. I love them.

  25. This is a great lemon dessert! The appearance is so elegant and the use of madeleines sounds so tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe for this lovely treat.

  26. This is the perfect dessert for me! Very beautiful, fragrant and delicious, Lizzy!

  27. Really clever to use of the madeleines! Tangy lemon curd and everyone gets their own little portions…love it!

  28. Those madelines look awesome. I love to make mini trifles, they are so cute and dish out so much more easily than from a large trifle bowl!

  29. These trifles are just lovely, the individual portions are perfect.

  30. Great recipe and wonderful presentation!

  31. Lizzy, these look fantastic! So creamy. I love the lemon slice on top. Pretty. πŸ™‚

  32. That looks so very good right now Liz! I love the freshness of this dessert, not overly heavy, perfect for this summer heat!

  33. I want one right now! What a great idea!

  34. Funny Manatee says the same thing! Your desserts look luscious. Can’t wait to try them. Lemons must be on the mind this week. Have seen a couple of posts featuring them and I am currently in love with homemade lemonade (recipe to come in the next week). I’m feeling the citrus love. πŸ™‚

  35. Lizzy,
    You created the perfect summer dessert, cool and creamy with a shot of lemon curd. Pure genius.

  36. My hubby asks the same thing and I keep telling him not until he buys me a new camera. LOL! I have yet to get any perks, haven’t signed on anywhere yet. Such a slacker. I love this recipe. So pretty and I bet it tastes amazing.

  37. Just love your creativity;-) Besides the fact that I would love a taste!

  38. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Lizzy! I could just spend all day drooling over your posts! πŸ™‚
    Gorgeous idea!


  39. Absolutely STUNNING dessert! I love madeleines AND lemon – this is a real winner for me!

  40. Donsuemor should be thanking you profusely for this delight, I know we are! Very creative, very yummy!

  41. Love it…I don’t have a box of madelines…but I do have a couple madeline pans…never been used.

  42. Wow, it looks great.. I think it’s a perfect summer dessert!

  43. Lemons into lemon curd, topped w/cream…perfect!

  44. I love lemon so much! Despite suffering through Proust in one of my many French literature classes and spending several weeks in Paris, I’ve never tried a madeleine. Shocking! I was never that interested in them, but this recipe sounds amazing.

  45. This is stunning and I bet your husband is mighty pleased about what’s on his dinner table! It’s memories and sweetness and sharing!

  46. It look so beautiful!

  47. Not only do these look delicious they are beautiful! I’d love you to pop in to Whisking Wednesdays and link up this week. Looks like such a refreshing summer dessert.

  48. Ahem, did you just say lemon curd??? YUUUUUMMMMM! I love lemon curd and I can just eat it by itself, well it sounds gross but I really love lemon curd. This looks very easy to make and delicious!!

  49. My step mother would be all over this! I’ll have to remember it the next time she asks for a lemon dessert.

  50. How perfect! Creative as well. I love it when things are made for individual servings, I think they are adorable!

  51. These look fantastic!!! I love lemon anything. The presentation is beautiful πŸ™‚

  52. Beautiful and simple. Perfect for a summer time tea party.

  53. These trifles are so cute and summery, love them!

  54. Gorgeous photo and such a delicious dessert!

    I cant wait to try this one at home!

  55. What lovely little desserts.

  56. Yum! Have to make this soon!

  57. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I’d love for you to link up again πŸ™‚

  58. What a gorgeous idea Liz! Love madeleines & lemon curd! This is just terrific!

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