Friands just have to be the easiest little cakes in the world to make! You just whack everything into a bowl and stir. Great for children helping in the kitchen, as there are no electric beaters for little fingers to get stuck in, and super quick so no loss of interest for those short attention spans.

friands closeup

Basic Friand Recipe

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 egg whites (no need to whisk!!)
  • 180g melted butter


  • Simply mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Then, ¾ fill a greased 12 hole friand mould tray (or small muffin moulds) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 165oC for 30 mins.
  • Remove friands from moulds to cool on a cake rack, and when cool dust lightly with icing sugar.

These are wonderful eaten while still a little warm.

friands with icing sugar and a cup of tea 


  • Other nutmeals like hazelnut or macadamia etc can be used.
  • You need about ¾ cup of egg white so if your eggs are very small you may need 6.
  • Friands can be frozen and rewarmed a little in the microwave. Don’t over heat or they will go rubbery.

For variations add…

  • 1 ½ tbsp. strong brewed coffee. OR
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds and zest of an orange, lime or lemon. OR
  • Fresh or frozen berries. OR
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa.

Don’t waste the egg yolks, but rather make some custard or ice-cream, eggnog, pancakes, egg noodle pasta, etc, or the wonderfully rich, Dutch, alcoholic drink called Advocaat.

For a very extensive list of ideas for using egg yolks, food blogger Jennifer from Food and Family has nearly 100 ideas with links. Check her out here

The above recipe can easily be made gluten free and dairy free by replacing the plain flour with gluten free flours and replacing the butter with a product called Nuttelex.



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