New French Almond Cakes

A perfectly sized new little treat.

If you’re already a fan of Alameda-based Donsuemor’s madeleines, you’re sure to go wild for its new French almond cakes.

These dainty little cakes with pretty fluted edges are tender, moist, with a fluffy texture, and a very pronounced yet refined almond flavor from almond flour and sliced almonds. I was lucky enough to try them recently when samples landed in my mail.

Almond paste fans like me won’t be able to resist these treats that are inspired by rich, almond-laced French financiers.

The company is named for founders Don and Susie Morris, who started baking madeleines in the 1970s and selling them out of their VW bus. Demand grew and grew. Today, the privately-owned company bakes a whopping 15,000 madeleines per hour.

The new French almond cakes are $17 for a box of 20 or $20 for a gift box of 16. Find them on the Donsuemor Web site.

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