Special people deserve special treats. My son’s godmother and my best friend in this whole wide world celebrated her birthday this week. Usually I’m never in town on her birthday, but this time around I got lucky. It’s amazing how time  flies when you are in the company of the people you simply adore … priceless moments. Since I’ve had very few chances to cook for my darling friend, I knew instantly I had to bake for her this birthday. She’s intolerant to dairy and doesn’t eat store bought stuff. All the more reason to make something special for her. I opted for my all time favourite financiers aka friands ‘cuz they just always turn out so good. I’ve previously made them here and here . This time around I decided to do a non-dairy chocolate version topped with a non dairy ganache (taken from David Lebovitz) and sprinkled with a Roasted Almond brittle coated with chocolate. I think they all worked so magically together … The soft, moist, delicate and not so sweet cake with a rich chocolate ganache  topped with a crackling and crunchy chocolate coated roasted almonds in caramel.  It was a big winner .


100 gms margarine/butter

100 gms grated dark chocolate grated

140 gms icing sugar

25 gms plain flour

85 gms ground almonds

3 large egg whites

The Ganache frosting

10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

½ cup water

¾ cup margarine/butter

Roasted Almond  in Caramel coated with chocolate – Topping

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon margarine/butter

2 cups roasted almonds slivered

1 cup chopped dark chocolate

Start with making the chocolate coated almonds in caramel first . You could even start a day ahead. Melt the sugar in a pot . Stir continuously and when it all melts, with the colour starting to change and turns a rich amber colour, slip in the butter mixing it well. Add the roasted almonds. The almonds should be way more and the caramel just enough to coat it. Take off the heat and pour it out on a greased surface or marble slab. Quickly with a rolling pin, flatten it out and let it cool. Now melt the chocolate in another pot and coat the brittle in the chocolate, making a thick coating and place it on greaseproof paper and let it set. Then finely chop these up making thin chards and save them for later.

For the Financiers , preheat oven to 180C. Melt the margarine in a microwave and keep aside. Sift the icing sugar and flour in a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds and grated chocolate. Whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage and fold them into the dry mixture. Now pour in the butter and mix gently, incorporating everything together. Pour into greased financier tins or cupcake moulds until they are 3/4th full. Bake for 15 mins. Don’t overbake them, they need to be moist within. Let them cool. To make the frosting melt the chopped chocolate with the water in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan of water. Add the margarine and whisk them into the chocolate until completely melted and the ganache is smooth. Cool until spreadable, which may take about 1 hour at room temperature or just chuck it in the freezer till its set. Then scoop out and put it in a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe onto the cupcakes and generously sprinkle with the chocolate almond topping. Tastes best at room temperature.

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OMG this looks soo goood! Bookmarking it. Baking for dear and near ones is such a great feeling, specially when you make it look gorgeous like this! my only problem is margarine, I don’t really use much of it in my baking!


Kulsum housing have to use margarine. I always make my financiers with unwanted butter, just this had to be dairy free so I used margarine.

Preachkins 🙂

It’s precious to have a friend like you. Beautiful treats you baked for her.

These look absolutely delicious. Perfect for my holiday chocoholism 🙂
Nice to have you back!

So pretty and tempting, yummy!



Kajal, these financiers are gorgeously wrapped and would make anyone happy for the holidays. Great gift idea or dessert to enjoy any time!


what a sweet gift, i’ll take it any day 😉 those look super delicious, i’ll have to just make them for myself 😉 btw, love how her/your kurti matches 🙂

These look like a real treat! Anything with chocolate is a real winner!

one lucky friend 🙂 A beautiful gift. I love every bit of this dessert – the chocolate, the caramel the nuts…


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Tasty appetite

Home made gifts are always special, and these are spectacular! Love the chocolate in them, and the brittle on top. Gorgeous K!!

When we cook with love, it becomes priceless. A perfect gift for your friend.

Gosh, that looks DIVINE!! I’d love to be your friend if I can get those homemade gorgeousness as Christmas gifts 🙂

Gosh, that looks DIVINE!! I\’d love to be your friend if I can get those homemade gorgeousness as Christmas gifts 🙂

Perfect little chocolate desserts! And as always beautifully presented.

I am going to make them over the weekend for Christmas …
Yuppy ….
Do you have a recipe of Plum cake?

That looks incredibly good and your photos are – as always – so gorgeous it makes me drool!!

These look wonderful! I especially like the topping.

That looks so delicious, a perfect Christmas treat!

These look great. Are they wrapped in ribbon? Great presentation.

What an inspiring blog! I love your pictures and recipes. I am also a foodie, but just starting out blogging. Please visit my blog and become a follower, it would mean a lot. Thanks so much!

Looks great thanks for sharing

First I have to say that your photography is just lovely. Kudos to you. Now, these Chocolate Financiers topped with Roasted Almonds In Caramel and Chocolate got my attention. They look divine. I read through the recipe and they are definitely an investment in time. I agree they should be shared with others and would make a lovely gift.

These Chocolate Financiers Topped with Almonds in Caramel and Chocolate look divine. Looking through the recipe I see they are an investment of time, but by the looks of them, a worthwhile investment. I agree they make an impressive gift.


Love your posts and recipes. This may seem a bit out of the blue but is there an OTG (Oven/Toaster/Grill, that is) you would recommend to buy in India? I\’ve been inspired by your recipes to try my hand at baking!

looks great..thanks for sharing 🙂

Oh these look devine! What a lucky, lucky friend you have! I love the idea of mixing chocolate, almonds and caramel, thank you for the recipe and gorgeous photos 🙂

looks so delicious .. i like it .. want to eat that .. thanks for sharing ..


I have been scouring the internet for recipes involving and this on e looks like a must try! Thanks for posting! And what a great blog, keep it up! I’ll be back!

Divine chocolate sensory overload! Love it!

Your photography looks great! I am jealous! Let me know what lens you are using, I currently am not happy with the 18-135 on my 60D. Let me know via twitter or facebook.


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Your photography looks great! I am jealous! Let me know what lens you are using, I currently am not happy with the 18-135 on my 60D.


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They are so perfectly chocolate! Not to mention seriously cute…


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Those look deeeeevine! And so cute, too! Good thing I stocked up on $25 worth of baking chocolate earlier today (sad, but true).


Hi Kajal…! thanks for the sharing amazing post… home made gifts are always special and these idea for gifts is better to others well am a big fan of chocolate and i will make this for my mother.


Hey Kajal…! Your post amazing and this is one of my favorite recipe till now, i will make it in few upcoming days form your recipe…Thanks for the sharing….!

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