12 things: bake cakes

It was a lemon friand kind of day.

I was feeling particularly disheartened one recent day when nothing, not even a spot of shopping, could lift my mood. I indulged in a morning of useless self-pity; slumped on the couch, sulking and incessantly sighing. And then I decided to bake, because (and it's true) cakes make everything better. So today, I am sharing my recipe for happiness:

Lemon friands (makes 12)


  • 190g unsalted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 1/3 cups (200g) icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • 120g almond meal
  • 5 eggwhites
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt butter and use a little to grease a 12-hole friand pan. Dust with a little flour, shaking out excess.

  2. Sift the flour and sugar into a large bowl, then stir in the almond meal.

  3. Place eggwhites in a small bowl and lightly froth with a fork. Add to dry ingredients with melted butter and zest, stirring until completely combined. Fill each friand hole two-thirds full. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, leave in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

34 Responses to 12 things: bake cakes

Mimi said...

yum, looks good! i definitely want to try this! :)

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Shop N' Chomp said...

Looks yummy and kinda reminds me of a muffin/cupcake. ;) So glad to hear it worked in lifting your spirits!!

Juanita Tortilla said...

Oh no, got hit by the blues?

Every time I see the word "friand" I just think it's a gross spelling error :D

t said...

Looks so good!


FashionGeek said...

Those look so good! Now following you, hope you can too

Maria said...

Wowww it seems to be so delicious! I want to try this, thanks for sharing :)

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UnA said...

Thanks for your sweet comment hun. Your posts are always makes me hungry haha..


M.E said...

These look delicious :)


Pieces of Sunshine said...

They look delicious!
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Mesmerize said...

ohhh it's look soo delicious:) thank you for visit me!

katie scarlett said...

Yum! I wanted to bake all weekend, hoping to lift my mood:) Maybe this coming weekend. You have such great recipes. xo.

Jayme and Mendi said...

These look so good! Something sweet always makes things better! :-)

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Zoë, Conversation Pieces said...

Cake does make everything better! I'm in a bit of a funk today so was thinking about baking when I get home... never heard of a 'friand' before? Looks nice! :)

plaits and paisley said...

I have never tried these but the recipe looks simple and I love lemon and almond meal, so it looks like a winner.
I admit I'm not a great cook and recipes with just a few ingredients are fabulous x

Bonnie said...

It has been too long since I have baked anything. I need to do that again!

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Shannon said...

Those look so adorable and yummy.


lizchewy said...

The smell of delicious sweets baking in the oven can be so therapeutic. The friands look so yummy, I definitely want to try this recipe out in the future ^__^


Lia said...

that looks so delicious! i just my try this~

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Lois said...

Wow these look great! I absolutely love lemon cake - and you're right, cake makes everything better :)

Giovanna said...

Yumm! These look deli!! I'm going to have to try out your recipe!!


Romy van K. said...

Love the cakes! I think they taste amazing :)



The Simple Sophistication ∞ said...

looks deliciousss!! will try it sometimeee!! *___*

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green tea and red nails said...

these look super yum! will have to give them a go :)

Kel x

NauticalWheeler said...

lol I agree! Cakes does make everything better. Especially when they are small and sweet like yours

From Brooklyn with love,


Style, She Wrote said...

Oooh those look so yummy! And lemon is such a great warm weather flavor. Enjoy! xo style, she wrote

Shoko said...

Cake is the best mood-lifter, isn't it? Also, I love anything lemon, so this is just about perfect for me :)

Bravoe Runway said...

This looks yummy and I especially love anything lemon flavored!

Sunny & Star said...

Those look yummy. I love all things lemony.

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Gillie said...

That looks so yummy and simple, I can definitely try this!

xo Gillie

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kathy said...


Good Day, i have been trying to create a nice blog post
and i saw yours and i found it very interesting keep up
the good work i'll be back for more


psychelyn said...

That's true, when shopping's therapeutic wonders don't work anymore, you should try baking, it does wonders hehe

roos said...

Thank you for your lovely comment! This looks amazing, I'm gonna try to make them! XOXO Roos

Chloë said...

Verry nice blog! jammie jammie!!