I'm a big fan of cakes – specifically tea and breakfast cakes that are easy to make and don't involve tiers or frosting.  They feel like the perfect everyday treat & something you could throw together on a slow afternoon with almost no planning.   That's my favorite way to bake - on a whim when I miraculously have all the ingredients I need.

It's been a long Winter, and as much as I've had a complete love affair with citrus, I'm so looking forward to the Spring/Summer produce ahead.  (I mean, remember red currants?) The weather is finally starting to reflect that it's straight-up Springtime and I'm ready for some real fruit.  Rhubarb, I'm comin for you...

Mini Almond Clementine Bundt Cakes (Makes 6 mini bundts) Gluten-free

  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (melted and cooled)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • Zest of 3 clementines/mandarins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt.

In another small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, zest and coconut oil or butter.  Slowly combine wet with dry, folding batter to combine well.

Add batter to well-greased bundt pan, making sure each is three-quarters full.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned around the edges.  Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then carefully remove cakes from the pan.  Cool on a wire rack before glazing.

Creme Fraiche Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons clementine juice

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, creme fruit and mandarin juice.

NOTES: I used a mini bundt pan, but you can use any cake pan or even a muffin tin to make “mini cakes”.  Also, feel free to use any citrus here - any mandarin, navel orange or meyer lemon would be great.  Creme Fraiche can also be subbed for mascarpone or cream cheese.




Holiday sweets aren't just about cookies.  These truffle mini tarts will hold their ground with your mother's crinkle cookies, plus they will satisfy your chocolate-loving guests.  If individual tarts are too high maintenance for you - don't worry - you can also make one full-sized tart instead. Happy baking!

CHILLED TRUFFLE TARTLETS WITH SALTED CARAMEL (Gluten-free)  Makes about 8-10 small tartlets (or one large tart)


  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 2/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons cold butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water

Pulse starch, almond meal, xanthum gum, flour, and sugar in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until crumbs form. Add the egg and 1 teaspoon of water until dough comes away from the bowl.

Divide into 4 flour-dusted balls, cover in Saran Wrap, and chill for 1-2 hours. Remove from fridge, roll, and add to greased tart pan. Make small holes in the bottom with a fork. Chill another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Top pan with parchment paper and dry rice or beans for weight to blind bake. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove parchment paper and weight, then bake another 4 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let tarts completely cool in the pan on a wire rack.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into six pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (or regular coconut milk – chill for 2 hours, then scrape the thick cream off the top)
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

Heat granulated sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often with a silicon spatula. Sugar will become clumpy and then melt down into a thick, brown liquid. Stir often and make sure not to burn (it shouldn’t be darker than a penny)!

Once sugar is melted, add six pieces of butter. Stir fast with spatula. Be careful, as caramel will sputter a little bit. Keep stirring.

Once butter is melted, carefully and very slowly drizzle coconut cream into pan, whisking rapidly. The mixture will bubble up again, so be careful and continue stirring. Allow mixture to come to a boil for 1 minute, then immediately remove from heat and stir in sea salt. Pour into a large mason jar and allow to cool completely.

If making ahead of time, let cool completely before storing in the fridge. It will keep for about 10 days. When it’s time to use, just submerge jar in warm water to bring to desired consistency.


  • 2/3 cup coconut cream or almond milk
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

When tart crusts are done cooling, add coconut milk to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, pour over chocolate and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and whisk until it forms into a ganache.

Immediately pour ganache into single tart or individual tartlet shells. Pour in 3/4 of the way full, then add tarts to a small baking sheet and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Once tarts are chilled, drizzle with salted caramel and top with a small sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later. The tarts will keep in the fridge, chilled, for up to 5 days.

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