Rich French Chocolate Gateau Recipe

Rich French Chocolate Gateau Recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
412 Calories
25g Fat
40g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 412
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chocolate and Cake, seriously, how good does that sound? These two are a match made in heaven and even more heavenly is when they combine in this easy to make French Chocolate Gateau (gateau is the French word for cake). 

This chocolate gateau recipe, also known as gateau au chocolat, makes for a versatile, rich dessert. Try topping it with powdered sugar, more cocoa powder, a caramel drizzle, or fresh raspberries for a delicious and remarkably easy treat. Whipped cream is another ingredient you may want to invite along to this party, it will top the cake beautifully. 

Variations on this cake are endless but first, make the cake. 


  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Rich French Chocolate Gateau Recipe ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.

    greased springform pan

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  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter over the lowest heat, do not rush this process, melting the chocolate too quickly will cause it to"shock" into a hard lump.  

    melted chocolate in a saucepan

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  4.  Mix in the cocoa powder and espresso powders until smooth and set aside for a few minutes to cool.

    cocoa powder and espresso powder added to the chocolate in the saucepan

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  5. While the chocolate is cooling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour until they are completely combined and foamy.

    whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour in a bowl

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  6. Fold the egg mixture into the chocolate until the color is uniform and pour the batter into the prepared pan.

    cake batter in a springform pan

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  7. Place into the center of the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick pulls out moist crumbs when inserted near the center of the torte. If the pick is sticky, then cook for a little longer. 

    chocolate cake in a springform pan

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  8. Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife or inverted spatula along the edges of the gateau and loosen the sides of the pan. Cool for 5 minutes and remove the sides of the pan. Invert the cake onto a cake platter and cool completely before serving decorated as you wish. 

    Rich French Chocolate Gateau

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Recipe Variations

  • As mentioned above, the chocolate gateau works very well with fruits, especially berries of most descriptions either used fresh or made into a fruit coulis. 
  • Vary the chocolate you use from semi-sweet to dark, but remember children generally do not like the bitter taste of dark chocolate. 
  • Add a tiny dash of your favorite liqueur to the cake batter to bring a grown-up feel to the cake, of course, this is for adults only. 

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