Elderberry Monster Toes

Get in the spooky spirit with Elderberry Monster Toes! Delicious madeleine cakes topped with elderberry icing and raisins to create a fun Monster Toe that’s perfect for the kiddos and any Halloween get-together.

Recipe by Michal Grappe

Makes 18 cakes



  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c pastry flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c whole milk
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 15 tbs unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the eggs and sugar until it becomes light in color, and the batter falls off of the whisk like a ribbon. Melt the butter and when it is cooled, add it to the eggs and sugar with the honey. Fold the butter into the batter with a spatula. Mix the flour and baking powder together and add it to the batter in two batches. Fold the flour into the batter with a spatula until smooth.

Butter and flour your madeleine pan so that the cakes slide off. Use a cookie scoop to get a walnut sized amount of batter in each mold. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool.

Elderberry Buttercream


  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • Butterfly pea powder or purple food coloring
  • Raisins


Cream the butter. Add the vanilla, and elderberry syrup. Once smooth, add the powdered sugar and whip until smooth. Add food coloring or butterfly pea powder for a natural purple dye.

Use 2 teaspoons of pea powder for a lavender color. Use 1-2 tablespoons of pea powder for a deep purple color. I like to do half lavender and half deep purple.

Spread the buttercream on each cake, use a fork to rake across the top lightly to look like monster fur. Add raisins to the ends to look like toes.

Monster Toes Dessert Recipe