Individual French Hazelnut Cakes

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    cakes, depending on the size of the molds used
    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Modern Baker

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2008

  • About

Sometimes these are called financiers or friands, and they’re always very popular, especially with a cup of tea or coffee. They look really impressive when made in the traditional rectangular French molds, but mini muffin pans will work just as well.


  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces/100 grams) hazelnuts, with skins, finely ground in the food processor


  1. Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the hazelnuts, sugar, and flour. Use a large rubber spatula to stir in the egg whites. Then fold in the butter.
  3. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling them about ⅔ full.
  4. Bake the cakes until they are well risen, deep golden, an