Coffee Financiers

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Tea Time Treat, anyone? Or in this case… Coffee Time Treat, anyone? Whether it is to enjoy with a nice, hot cup of coffee or just as an everyday snack, you will struggle to eat only one of these Coffee Financiers!

This recipe was developed as part of my new project: a French Baking class called “Bake it French”. When I decided to look for classic French Sweet Treats that were easy enough to make for beginner bakers, I knew that Financiers would have to be included! These little Almond Based Cakes are just a delight – deliciously fluffy, airy and buttery. The perfect reflexion of French Pastries!

Having lived in Melbourne for more than 4 years now, I have given in to the Coffee Addiction. Not only it is the best drink ever (take that, tea drinkers!), Coffee is also an awesome flavour to add to cakes. My Raw Chocolate Espresso Tart is still to this day my Fiance’s favourite cake. He has now added these Coffee Financiers to his top 3. I guess I should bake with coffee more often!

Coffee Financier

What is a Financier Cake?

A “Financier” is a small cake made with (or flavoured with) Almonds. They are known for their distinctive rectangular or oval shape. The exterior of the cake is slightly crunchy while the interior is super soft and light, making this treat seriously addictive! Often made with “Beurre-Noisette” or Brown Butter, Financiers can be kept basic or flavoured with a variety of ingredients – like coffee.

The word “financier” is a rather interesting one to be given to a cake. Some people say that it’s because their rectangular shape that reminded them of bars of gold. Another source says that the cakes were first invented around the financial district of Paris. They were particularly enjoyed by people working at the Stock Exchange. That’s because they were so easy to store in their pockets without breaking. Interesting stories, right!?

Just like other small French Cakes like Madeleines, Financiers are perfect as little sweet treats or small snack. They are great to eat with your afternoon tea – and in this case, even better with your afternoon (or morning) coffee. If you are addicted to coffee like my Fiance, you might even want to dip your Coffee Financiers in your coffee. Yup, it’s a thing!

Coffee Financier

Friand vs Financier

If you have never heard of the word “Financier” before, you might have heard of the name “Friand” instead. Technically, it is hard to find a difference in the recipe itself. While called “Financiers” in France, the name “Friand” sticked in the Anglo-Saxon world. Friand are especially well-known here in Australia and New Zealand.

Depending on recipes and sources, there are two main differences between Friands and Financiers. First, Financiers use Brown Butter and Friands don’t. Second, Financiers are traditionally made with Almonds only, while Friands are often flavoured with Fruits, Nuts or other ingredients.

Nowadays though, it seems like these two cakes are blending more and more into one. You will find lots of recipes for Financiers that do not use Brown Butter and are being flavoured with other ingredients than Almonds. It is the case for today’s recipe. To make it easier to reproduce with students, simple melted butter is used, and Coffee is added for flavouring. Coffee Financiers, here we come!

Coffee Financier

How to make Coffee Financiers

The recipe to make Financiers is rather basic and uses rather common ingredients: Plain Flour, Almond Meal, Egg Whites, Butter and Icing Sugar. Making Financiers will maybe remind you of making Macaron. Just like Macarons, Almond Meal is mixed with Icing Sugar and Egg Whites beaten into strong peaks binds it all together. The main difference is the use of Plain Flour on top of Almond Flour and the addition of Butter.

To make these Coffee Financiers, I used Instant Coffee Granules and a little bit of milk. You can also use Decaf if you do not want caffein in there or if children are going to eat them. I also topped the Coffee Financiers with a few little Coffee Granules that nicely melted over the cakes. It is a great way to get an even stronger coffee flavour, if that’s your thing!

The process is simple: melt the butter and prepare your coffee milk. Mix the dry ingredients together. Beat your Egg Whites into Medium Peaks and fold it in the dry ingredients. Add the melted Butter and Coffee Milk. It shouldn’t take you more than 10 / 15 minutes to have them ready for the oven!
As always, remember to let your melted butter and milk cool down before adding them in. This will help you avoid breaking (or melting) your Egg Whites.

Like mentioned above, one of the things that make Financiers special is their recognisable shape. You could use a simple muffin or cupcake pan, but is a Financier really a financier if it doesn’t look like one? I use an Oval-Shaped Friand Pan that I love. If you want the real traditional shape, you can also use a real Financier Mold Panย or simply aย Mini Loaf Pan.ย For once, I recommend using a metal pan that is sturdier than silicone.

Coffee Financier

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Coffee Financiers

Whether it is to enjoy with your afternoon tea or just as an everyday sweet treat, you will struggle to eat only one classic French Coffee Financiers!
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 Financiers
Author thefoodiejourney


  • 100 gr (3,5 oz) Butter - melted
  • 120 gr (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp.) Almond Meal
  • 50 gr (1/3 cup) Plain Flour
  • 50 gr (1/3 cup) Icing Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) Full Fat Milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Instant Coffee Granules


  • Melt the butter and set aside to cool down.
  • Warm up the Milk in the microwave and stir in the Instant Coffee. Set aside to cool down.
  • Preheat your oven on 160'C.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix the Almond Meal, Plain Flour and Icing Sugar.
  • Beat the Egg Whites into Medium Peaks with the Pinch of Salt. Gently fold them into the dry ingredients in three times.
  • Pour in the cold melted Butter and Coffee Milk. Gently stir in until all combined.
  • Fill your Financier Pans with the batter and top with a few granules of coffee. They will rise a bit so don't fill the pans all the way to the top.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool down on a cooling rack.

Whether it is to enjoy with your afternoon tea or just as an everyday sweet treat, you will struggle to eat only one classic French Coffee Financiers!


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  1. Corina Blum

    October 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    They look absolutely delicious and as I’m a big coffee addict I would love one of these with my coffee!

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

      They are definitely perfect with a nice cup of coffee!

  2. Monika

    October 18, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Such an interesting recipe, I’ve never heard of this cake before.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 18, 2018 at 10:20 am

      I wish they were better know in the English speaking world because they are SO yum!

  3. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    October 18, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I can’t believe (after reading your delicious description) that I have never eaten a financier beforeโ€”let alone baked one myself! But almond and coffee are two of my favorite things (I gave in to the coffee addiction decades ago). Thank you for bringing these to #cookblogshare: I’ll have to make some to go with this weekend’s coffee!

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 18, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Almond and Coffee are some of my favourite things too – and they work so well together! I’m glad I could introduce you to a new cake!

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Dayna!

  4. dani

    October 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    They look so good. I have bookmarked this and will definitely give it a try. =)

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 19, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  5. MizzPatricia

    October 19, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I can’t have coffee, would you suggest anything else? I will have to check out your other recipes. This was clear and persists. I can easily follow this recipe. Have a good rest of your day.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much Patricia, I’m glad to know you found the recipe easy to follow! You can definitely make this recipe without coffee.
      You can either simply skip the addition of coffee in the milk (and in that case, no need to warm up the milk) or substitute the milk for orange or lemon juice to bring a fruity flavour. Let me know how you go!

  6. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    October 19, 2018 at 1:18 am

    So pretty I could eat one right now with my cup of tea if only I could just reach into the computer!

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

      These cakes really just make we wanna sit with a hot drink too haha!

  7. jenny bhatia

    October 19, 2018 at 2:57 am

    These are beautiful and delicious and right on time for a relaxing weekend! I love this recipe.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Jenny! They are definitely a great weekend treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Adrianne

    October 21, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh these look good Sylvie! I was wrong, at 1st glance I thought that it was chocolate chips, but now I see that it is coffee granuales – nice one! I love the photos and the food styling. Good work lady!

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 22, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Thanks girl! This one is definitely “all-in” on the coffee haha!

  9. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    October 22, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I have never had friands or financiers before but have always wanted to try them. Love the look of them and also the fact that they are coffee flavoured ( I live on coffee lol) makes them even more desirable! Dunking coffee financiers in coffee sounds like a genius idea to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for bringing these lovelies to #BakingCrumbs ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 22, 2018 at 9:05 am

      It makes me so happy when I get to introduce someone to a new type of cake, so you just made my day! Thanks Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Anca

    October 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    It’s the first time I hear about financiers. They do look lovely and I like almonds, so I’m sure I’d love these too.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 24, 2018 at 9:33 am

      You should definitely make them, they are such a delicious treat!

  11. Mayuri Patel

    October 25, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful bake.. they look so soft and tempting. Get the feeling I can smell the coffee baking.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      They are the softest! And it does smell amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your comment!

  12. Alexandra

    October 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    These look and sound absolutely delicious! I love anything coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait to try this.

    1. thefoodiejourney

      October 29, 2018 at 9:36 am

      You will love these little cakes if you love anything coffee!

  13. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    November 1, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I just love individual bakes Sylvie, and I think these look even more special being an oval. I have to admit that I’ve never tried a financiers before but my word looking how tempting these are I definitely need to change that. Thankyou for continuing to link up with #BakingCrumbs,
    Angela x

    1. thefoodiejourney

      November 3, 2018 at 3:13 am

      Thanks Angela, I love to introduce people to new types of cakes so it makes me so happy to read your comment! Financiers are such delicious little trets, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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