Jul 5, 2018

Gabriel Gaté's Chocolate Gâteau

Guests on the Scenic South of France cruise have the opportunity to visit Valrhona, the famous French chocolate creator, and taste one of the best chocolates in the world. I love using this beautiful chocolate in my special Chocolate Gâteau.


  • 80g sultanas
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau (or Brandy)
  • 270g dark cooking chocolate
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 120g walnuts, chopped
  • 80g plain flour, sifted
  • A pinch of cream of tartar

Ganache Icing

  • 3 tbsp cream
  • 120g dark chocolate



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. To bake the cake, use a buttered and floured ring tin.
  2. Mix the sultanas and Cointreau together.
  3. Break the dark chocolate into pieces and melt in a large bowl over a saucepan of hot water or in the microwave. Incorporate the butter into the melted chocolate mixture (away from the heat).
  4. In a second bowl, beat the yolks and sugar until fluffy and white.
  5. Add the egg yolk preparation to the chocolate mixture, then gently mix in the walnuts, sifted flour, sultanas and Cointreau.
  6. Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites then beat until stiff.
  7. Using a metal spoon, fold the beaten whites into the main preparation, then pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
  8. Cook in the preheated oven for 25 minutes – the cake must remain quite moist in the centre. Remove from the oven, wait 10 minutes, then carefully turn the cake out onto a wire rack. Allow to cool before icing.
  9. Start preparing the ganache icing by bringing the cream to the boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth.
  10. Pour the icing over the cake and spread thinly. The cake is often better after a day or two. It is lovely with cream or ice cream and berries of your choice.


14 Day Spectacular South of France Cruise

Paris > Nice

Soak up the spectacular South of France on a 14 day river cruise from Paris to Nice. Explore the food capital, Lyon and enjoy the entertainment in Tarascon. Combine that with highlights such as immersing yourself in the acclaimed Beaujolais wine region, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.