Plum Almond Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fresh fruits, cov­ered with a flan-like-bat­ter. A friend of mine men­tioned that her favorite French dessert was plum almond clafoutis, so I decid­ed to make one. Plum Almond Clafoutis is a won­der­ful way to enjoy fresh plums. The sweet­ness of the almond flour soft­ens the slight acid­i­ty of […]

Red Grape Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits, arranged in a but­tered dish, and cov­ered with a sweet flan-like-bat­ter. Cher­ries are the most com­mon fruit used for clafoutis, but any fruit can be used. Since cher­ries are not cur­rent­ly in sea­son, I decid­ed to make a red grape clafoutis, which turned out to be deli­cious! […]

Strawberry-Lemon Charlotte (No-Bake Cake)

Char­lotte is a clas­sic French dessert, that usu­al­ly con­tains a cold mousse and fruits, sur­round­ed by lady fin­gers. I love the com­bi­na­tion of straw­ber­ries and lemon, so my char­lotte is a straw­ber­ry-lemon char­lotte. A French char­lotte is light and fresh, and is easy to make: you don’t even have to bake it! In France, it […]

Gateau de Savoie (Light Airy Cake)

The Gateau de Savoie is a light airy cake, named after the Count of Savoie who invent­ed it in the 14th cen­tu­ry. After the French rev­o­lu­tion, two parisian chefs came up with the idea of using starch instead of flour, mak­ing the cake even more airy. Gateau de Savoie is deli­cious as a dessert or […]

Tarte Tropezienne

The Tarte Tropezi­enne was cre­at­ed in the beau­ti­ful town of Saint Tropez, on the French Riv­iera.  As the sto­ry goes, famous French actress Brigitte Bar­dot fell in love with the dessert while film­ing a movie there, and sug­gest­ed the name “tarte tropezi­enne.” The cake was there­after named “tarte tropezi­enne.” It is com­posed of a brioche […]

Galette des Rois (French King Cake)

In France, on the fes­ti­val of Epiphany on Jan­u­ary 6, it is cus­tom­ary to eat a King cake called Galette des Rois (roi means king, in French). The galette is a puff pas­try filled with frangi­pane. It con­tains a small hid­den object (usu­al­ly, a small fig­urine or a bean). Who­ev­er gets the slice with the […]

Bûche de Noël (French Christmas Cake)

Bûche de Noël, which lit­er­al­ly means Christ­mas Log, is the tra­di­tion­al French dessert for Christ­mas day. Christ­mas fig­urines or oth­er Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are usu­al­ly placed on the log. It comes in all fla­vors, and there are many dif­fer­ent tech­niques to make the cake. For my bûche de Noël, I chose a tra­di­tion­al recipe of a […]

A French Clementine Cake

As we are approach­ing win­ter, I am look­ing to make cakes with fruits that are in sea­son in the win­ter time. Clemen­tines are in sea­son from Novem­ber to Feb­ru­ary, so I got the idea of mak­ing a clemen­tine cake. I had nev­er made a cake with clemen­tines before, and I was hap­pi­ly sur­prised to find […]

French Walnut Cake

Look­ing to bake a last minute cake, that isn’t your typ­i­cal choco­late cake or fruit cake? Try French wal­nut cake! The oth­er day, I decid­ed at the last minute to bake a cake for dessert, but we were out of bak­ing choco­late and fruit. Then I remem­bered we had a bag of wal­nuts, and I […]

Frangipane Apple Cake

This is the per­fect time of the year to make an apple cake! This par­tic­u­lar apple cake has a lit­tle some­thing that makes it extra deli­cious: frangi­pane! This sweet almond paste with a light rum fla­vor per­fect­ly com­ple­ments the gold­en apples, which makes for a one-of-a-kind cake. Enjoy!

Chocolate Moelleux Cake

The choco­late moelleux cake is a cake with a liq­uid choco­late cen­ter. We believe its ori­gins are French, though a US-based chef claims he invent­ed it in New York in 1987. This has been dis­put­ed by a well-known French chef, who stat­ed that such a cake had already exist­ed in France for a long time. […]

Far Breton (Prune Cake)

The Far Bre­ton is a tra­di­tion­al prune cake from the Brit­tany region (North-West of France). It is sim­i­lar to a clafoutis, but with more of a flan-like tex­ture. It is deli­cious, and very easy to make. As an added bonus, it will get you to eat prunes, which have many health ben­e­fits. Win, win!  

Amazingly Healthy Chocolate Cake (the Secret is Zucchini!)

This choco­late cake is amaz­ing­ly healthy! No sug­ar, no milk, no but­ter, but instead zuc­chi­ni! The best part is you can’t even taste the zuc­chi­ni. It tastes just like reg­u­lar choco­late cake! So you can be on a diet, and still eat choco­late cake! And, if you have kids, you can get them to eat […]

French Chocolate Cake for Kids

French choco­late cakes are great for kids as they con­tain less sug­ar than their Amer­i­can coun­ter­part. They are usu­al­ly small­er, con­tain less ingre­di­ents, and have no frost­ing on top. Every­day French cakes are eas­i­er to make and less fat­ten­ing. They do not con­tain any arti­fi­cial food col­or­ing. In short, they are health­i­er, while still being […]