February 13, 2011

Passionate tea cakes for Friend's Day

Happy Sunday everyone and Happy Friend's Day for tomorrow!

That's right, in Finland we celebrate "Friend's Day" - we send cards to our friends and thank them for their friendship. I love this idea and I think it's all-inclusive and there is no need for "singles parties" or "Anti-Valentine's Day". This isn't a day for lovers only, this is a day to celebrate all friends you are fortunate to have in your life.

I made these tea cakes to celebrate Friend's Day. They are like little cupcakes, but spelt flour makes them slightly spongy and that's why the tea soaked fruit with a big dollop of minty yoghurt is a perfect companion to complete the dessert. I've used a beautifully fragrant tea from Swedelicious Tea called Freya's Passion. It is organic black tea with passion fruit, kumquats and blueberries made extra special with rose buds, sugar hearts and marigolds. I couldn't think of a better tea for these cakes!

Happy Friend's Day to all of you and thank you for your friendship and support!

Passionate Tea Cakes 
(Makes 8-10)

1 cup almond meal
1 cup white, unbleached spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 large free-range eggs
1/2 cup organic fat-free yoghurt
200 ml unsweetened apple sauce
200 ml passion fruit pulp (about 3 passion fruit)
300 ml Freya's passion tea, brewed strong and cooled 
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
a drop of rosewater

{Tea soaked fruit}
1 cup Freya's passion tea, brewed strong
1/2 cup dried fruit (apricots, apple, figs)
1 tbsp raw honey

{Minty Passionfruit Yoghurt}
250 ml organic fat-free yoghurt
pulp from 2 passion fruit
3 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 180C. Combine the almond meal, flour and baking powder in one bowl and the wet ingredients in the other. Then add the wet ingredients into the dried and stir well to mix. Spoon the batter into muffin tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For the tea soaked fruit, place the tea and the fruit along with the honey in a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for a couple of minutes. Leave to cool and set aside.

For the minty yoghurt, drain the yoghurt for about 30 minutes, then combine with the passion fruit pulp and mint. Serve with the cakes. 


  1. This is so nicely done Maria ! You certanly have talent for cooking ,food styling and taking photos that makes me drool ! You should do a cook book ,maybe an scandic cookbook app?! :-) Love your work!!!

  2. Love the post; Friend's Day is certainly something more meaningful and inclusive than simply Valentine's Day. Lovely looking tea cakes.

  3. Wow, friend's day sounds so much nicer than Valentine's! I would definitely prefer to celebrate that.
    Also, I love the name 'Passionate Tea Cakes' :D They look divine!

  4. looks delicious. happy friends day! :-)

  5. I could spend hours looking at your photographs! Divine Tea Cakes.

    Happy Friendship day!

  6. We have 'Valentine's Day' - for romantic love - tomorrow (the 14th) here in the U.S. But I wish we had a friend's day - it sounds lovely.
    And your cakes look so cute. You did a wonderful job on the photographs...

  7. Ihanat pienet kakkuset! Tekee mieli tehdä niitä,etenkin kun keittiön pöydällä on yli kilo passionhedelmiä...
    Kuvasi ovat upeita,kuten aina.

  8. Those tea cakes look divine!!!
    Happy friendship day!

  9. I enjoyed the picture, the atmosphere, the recipe...delicious and dreamy!

  10. How lovely it would be to have a long chat with a friend over this lovely dessert. Happy friend's day!

  11. Lovely tradition! When else would you honour friendship, it's a great idea! As alway beautiful words, photos & recipe!

  12. I like Friend's Day way better than Valentine's Day and these tea cakes look like the perfect thing for a girl's night!

  13. Lovely post! I have yet to bake with spelt flour, but if it makes cakes this pretty, I'm definitely going to have to seek out a bag to try.

  14. These cakes look adorable, love them.
    And friendship day is such an awesome idea...

  15. hehe Mr NQN's mum was just telling me about the friend's day on the weekend. It sounds like a nice idea !:)

  16. Beautiful clicks! Love the idea of friednship day :)

  17. I love this! And by "this" I mean the idea of Friends day and these pretty little cakes.

  18. Love the passionate fruit in the cakes! Lovely pictures. Have a great day ahead.

  19. who ever got these is one lucky person! how lovely in every way: the plating, the colors, the textures. very, very, nice. Nice to have found your blog. hope to exchange recipes and comment love!

  20. Maria, your tea cakes look wonderful! What a beautiful post. Happy "friends day" to you!

  21. I love the idea of a "friends day"! These tea cakes sound delicious and are so pretty!

  22. I can't decide which photo I love best, they are all so lovely!


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