The madeleine is a traditional small cake from the Lorraine region in northeastern France - a very small sponge cake with a distinctive shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Aside from the moulded pan, no special tools are required to make madeleines. This recipe is for a pumpkin version. River and I thought these were perfect on a fall morning with a cup of tea. They don't contain a lot of sugar so the Hub thought they needed some frosting or something - guys!