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Orange hazelnut mini cake recipe is a quick mini dessert that's ideal with coffee or tea.
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Orange Hazelnut Mini Cakes

Orange Hazelnut Mini Cakes, aka "financiers" are not quite a dessert or a cookie but a sweet little treat to enjoy with tea or coffee. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 24
Calories: 117kcal


  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease two 12 count mini muffin pans.
  • Add hazelnuts to a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Rub skins off and let cool.
  • Add the hazelnuts to a food processor.
  • Add the flour and salt and pulse until the mixture is finely ground.
  • Add the butter to a small saucepan and cook until the butter foams and then browns, about 6 - 8 minutes.
  • When cool, stir in the vanilla.
  • Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Combine the honey, orange juice and zest in a small saucepan and gently heat. Stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites.
  • Add the brown sugar and whisk until smooth.
  • Fold in the flour/hazelnut mixture in two additions, making sure all the flour has been incorporated before adding more.
  • Fold in the butter.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the muffin tine and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • After removing from the oven let cool for 5 minutes and then remove the cakes to a cooling rack.
  • Using a pastry brush, glaze the mini cakes with the orange and honey mixture.
  • Let cool


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg