Mini Berry Almond Cakes | Homegrown Kitchen

Mini Berry & Almond Cakes

Now I did promise to share the recipe for the little cakes I made for our Homegrown Kitchen video. These are best eaten warm from the oven as they tend to dry out if they are not eaten fresh. This is likely due to the low sugar content which helps to keep things moist. As you may have noticed I like to nutrient-boost my sweet treats. Savory recipes too, but especially sweet things as they are so easily loaded with empty-nutrient ingredients such as white sugar and white flour. Here I have added ground nuts and eggs for protein, and kept the sugar content low.


  • 75 g butter melted
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup white flour [use buckwheat or rice flour for gluten-free]
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • Zest of a whole lemon
  • 3 eggs separated
  • approx. 1/2 cup frozen berries I used our homegrown blackberries


  • Preheat the oven 180C. Line 6 large muffin holes with muffin cases.
  • Melt the butter and set aside. Combine the ground almonds, flour, sugar and zest in a bowl.
  • Whisk the egg whites till soft peaks. Mix the egg yolks and melted butter into the dry ingredients then gently fold through the egg whites. Spoon into cases so they are almost full. Top each mini-cake with 3 or 4 berries. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Best served warm. Make a batch for morning tea to share with friends.

*Watch a video of my children and I making these mini cakes HERE.

In the garden this week

Harvesting: kale, silver beet, spinach, celery, carrots, leeks, last of the green beans, salad mix, herbs, coriander, parsley.

Tasks: The broccoli and other brassica plants are being eaten by caterpillars so I have been inspecting them daily and squashing the caterpillars on the leaves as a repellent. The numbers are declining. Spraying with weak soapy water (1 squirt of eco dish liquid in a 500ml spray bottle) seems to help to prevent the white butterflies laying eggs.

We have collected sacks of autumn leaves and mulched most of the garden beds and berry patch with leaves and cardboard/ paper where there is exposed ground. Plus sowed a lupin ‘green manure’ crop in the potato patch.



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  1. Hi Nicola,I’ve just discovered your blog through tiny happy and am loving it,especially the lunchbox ideas. With my 2 kids at school I’m on the lookout for healthy food that they will love, so thanks:) Karen

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