Double Chocolate Financier Loaf Cake

Mardi Michels author
This delicious cake recipe was created by our guest Chef Mardi Michels.  Mardi is a cookbook author & is a full-time French teacher at an all boys school. Mardi also runs cooking classes for boys aged 7-12 at Les Petits Chefs.  Including being a current contributor to Food Network Canada. In her spare time. she also teaches french and pastry cooking classes.  Learn more about Mardie

Prep Time: 10 min  Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min



  • 6 tablespoons (85g) salted butter
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (38g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds (almond meal or almond flour*)
  • 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (66g) semi sweet chocolate chip


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400˚F. Lightly grease an 8-inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on each side to help remove the loaf when it’s baked.
  2. Melt the butter (either in a small pot on the stovetop over medium heat or in the microwave for about 1 minutes). Set aside to cool.
    In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks with electric beaters (approx. 2 minutes on high).
  3. Whisk the sugar, flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder and baking powder in a small bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites and use a rubber spatula to gently fold until the dry ingredients are just combined.
  5. Add the cooled, melted butter to the batter and use a rubber spatula to gently mix until the butter is completely incorporated.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips using a rubber spatula.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, using a rubber spatula to smooth the top as best you can.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the centre is slightly puffed and the edges are crispy and coming away from the pan. There may be cracks in the top of the loaf. A toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf should come out fairly clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the loaf pan on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the loaf from the loaf pan using the parchment paper to lift it out and place on a wire cooling rack and allow to come to room temperature.

Tools Used in this Recipe:

Cuisipro mixing bowls, loaf pan and measuring cups and spoons on a kitchen counter.

Step by Step Images:

Mixing wet and dry ingredients for chocolate financier loaf cake
Adding chocolate chips to batter for chocolate financier loaf cake