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Almond and orange tiny cakes for breakfast

We are all talking about Christmas lunches, dinners, gourmet gifts to impress people we love, chocolate afternoon treats in front of the fireplace, lit by the lights of the Christmas tree and the flames of the fireplace. But what about breakfast? This year I want also an lavish Christmas breakfast, slightly different from the usual milk and cereals, soft and fragrant.

I want to start greatly the day that for me is one of the most exciting of the year with a soft tiny cake, whose flavours and fondant heart remind the typical Sienese ricciarelli. This is a very special tiny cake, where the lager beer gives a light malty aroma.

Almond and orange tiny cakes

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Servings 14 tiny cakes


  • 3 free range eggs
  • 150 g of raw cane sugar
  • 200 g of whipping cream
  • 1/2 glass of lager beer
  • 100 g of almond flour
  • 200 g of organic tender wheat flour
  • grated peel of 1 orange
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  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Whip the eggs with the raw cane sugar. Pour in the whipping cream and the beer and whisk until they are completely blended with the eggs.
  • Stir in the almond flour and the tender wheat flour, at the end add the grated peel of one orange.
  • Divide the batter into 14 small muffin moulds lined with paper cases and bake them from 15 up to 20 minutes, until golden and dry inside.
  • Let them cool completely before dusting with icing sugar.
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  1. Yum! It sounds interesting because of the beer… I’m wondering if you can taste beer when you eat it. I will definitely bake it, probably after Christmas because I’m very busy now with all the baking, making home made presents.

    1. You can taste a slight bitter aroma, something malty, something very interesting! I do understand you, so many things to bake in these days!

  2. I am not sure I know what tender wheat flour is–whole wheat pastry flour? I would love to make this cake but am not sure about the ingredient.
    Thank you.

  3. Can you provide any info on what tender wheat flour is? We do not use this term in the U.S. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lynn, as I have just told Jennifer, you can use the plain flour, the one you would use in cakes! Happy baking!

  4. Looks divine. But, question—I have some mighty big beer glasses. What’s “half a glass”? Happy holidays!

  5. These look so delicious and your ingredient list is yummy! What beautiful pictures, too! I’d love to have two with a cup of coffee, please!

  6. Perfect mini cakes for the Holidays!And what lovely flavors with almonds and oranges in it – lovely idea!Congrats on making it to the Top9 and hope you have fun-filled Holidays:)Merry Christmas!

  7. I’m gonna try making these, but then with blueberry-beer. We have a bottle of that in our basement. But my dad doesn’t touch it (too feminine I guess), but he’s the only one who drinks beer! So if I can make some tasty cupcakes out of it, it would be great 🙂

    1. what a great idea, blueberry beer! it’s the best use you can do with a bottle of special beer, just try to imagine the fruity flavour! let me know! Merry Christmas!

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