Deep Chocolate Gateau: A Rich Chocolate Cake For Two

According to Salary.com, if paid… a stay-at-home Mom in San Diego, CA would earn between $102,000 and $154,000 a year for her work as a mother. Is my husband reading this? The website lists all of the jobs that a mother does- you input your zip code, and it calculates accordingly. If you’re looking for a something fun for to do for Mother’s Day, you can actually print out or email a “paycheck” to give your mother (or spouse) for Mother’s Day. Here’s a little something for all the Mom’s- working outside of the home or not- for your special day this weekend…

And I’ve made a chocolate cake today in honor of my wonderful Mom and mothers everywhere. This chocolate cake feeds just TWO… for you and your mom. And it’s especially good for those of you who are whining about needing to lose weight, because after the initial indulgence, you won’t have any leftovers.

This recipe for Deep Chocolate Gateau comes from an oooooold Bon Appetit magazine. We’re talking 80’s people! So old that the recipe isn’t even on their site anymore. It should be though… it’s that good. This is a reason why you should be happy that you have those old magazines just sitting around taking up space. They’re occasionally worthwhile.

If you have a loaf pan, you can make this recipe. See how much batter is in there? Yep, that’s right…. just a tiny bit. In fact, the baked cake will only be about a half-inch high! Once baked, you’re going to cut it in half and make it a little two-layer, square cake.

A honey-almond flavored ganache is used between layers, and it spills over the top and sides as well.

Slap some almonds on the sides and the top and you’ve got yourself a pretty, gourmet-looking, EASY dessert.

Add strawberries for color…. and because they taste really great with the chocolate.


You’re supposed to chill it, but I tore into this cake when it was still gooey and dripping with ganache. After chilling, it firms up and becomes more fudge-like. Because there’s no flour in the recipe, this cake is not very cakey. I loved it. And my 6 year old partner in dessert-crime reported that it was a *major* restaurant-quality treat. This is the highest honor given to a recipe in our household!

Happy Mother’s Day MOM! And to all of the other Mom’s out there… I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend too. My plan is to relax, take a break from blogging & my obsession with Google Reader and spend some much-needed time with my family.

This recipe can be found here: Deep Chocolate Gateau

55 Responses to “Deep Chocolate Gateau: A Rich Chocolate Cake For Two”

  1. postedMay 10, 2008 1:21 PM
    Susan from Food Blogga

    I’ve got a couple of friends I’ll be forwarding your “salary.com statistic) to; it’ll make the dinner conversations in their houses a little more interesting, I think. 😉

    Mouth-watering photos. It’s only 6:19 am, and I want some. Now.

  2. postedMay 10, 2008 1:30 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    Gracious that looks just delicious! Never thought about doing a square cake from a loaf pan! Great decoration on it as well!

  3. postedMay 10, 2008 2:02 PM
    Manggy

    Hee! My mom is the breadwinner, I wonder if I should print out a check for my dad :)

    Great idea with the cake! I’d hate to make a giant cake and be forced to eat most of it after 3-5 people have eaten their part.

    Happy mothers’ day! :)

  4. postedMay 10, 2008 3:17 PM
    Ann

    I’m not a Mom – but I fully believe being a Mom is THE hardest job in the world, and the most under appreciated.

    That little cake looks incredible. I love mini-cakes, bc then they don’t sit around tempting me every other millisecond of my day. :)

  5. postedMay 10, 2008 3:42 PM
    Ginny

    Happy Mother’s Day! What a delicious post!!!

  6. postedMay 10, 2008 4:30 PM
    Lisa

    It looks delicious! Thanks for all the support on my new blog! I appreciate it especially since I admire your recipe site and it is one of my favorites.

  7. postedMay 10, 2008 5:35 PM
    Jaime

    mmmm talk about chocolate! if you like chocolatey fudgey desserts, try dorie’s chocolate fudge gateau on my blog (we did it as part of a TWD)

    happy mother’s day!

  8. postedMay 10, 2008 5:37 PM
    canarygirl

    Now THAT is the perfect Mother’s Day gift! And I am totally showing that salary thing to da hubs. lol :)

  9. postedMay 10, 2008 6:03 PM
    diva@theSugarBar

    that’s brilliant recipegirl! mums rule :)
    lovely gateau. looks sexy.

  10. postedMay 10, 2008 6:15 PM
    Vicky (victoria sponge)

    Have a lovely mother’s day. Nevermind my mum, my husband would go mad for that! I was looking at your tastespotting pics, such gorgeous food.
    Vicky xxx

  11. postedMay 10, 2008 7:58 PM
    noble pig

    This is completely sinful and beautiful. What a perfect Mother’s Day treat.

  12. postedMay 10, 2008 8:14 PM
    Melanie

    Oooh, that looks like a delicious dessert for ONE. And I am excited to tell my husband how much I should really get paid!

  13. postedMay 10, 2008 8:19 PM
    Grace

    i’ll cancel all my career plans and become a mother asap if it means i’m entitled to a treat like this–it’s phenomenal!

    say, do plants count as children? :)

  14. postedMay 10, 2008 8:32 PM
    Kevin

    That cake looks so chocolaty and good! I like the use of the honey in the cake and frosting.

  15. postedMay 10, 2008 8:53 PM
    Jerry

    Love it! But I wouldn’t share!

  16. postedMay 10, 2008 9:33 PM
    Peter M

    Rather than using the $120K base, why not calculate it based on a percentage of family income? Some of you women would hit that “glass ceiling” with the $120K.

    Happy Mother’s Day…enjoy the cake with mumsy and squeeze out all the pampering you can get!

  17. postedMay 10, 2008 11:22 PM
    nicisme

    Your mom’s going to love that, it looks really delicious!
    We had our mother’s day back in March, I hope yours is just as wonderful – you can never spend too much time with your family.

  18. postedMay 10, 2008 11:46 PM
    Prudy

    Ohh yum! I need this one. I’ve got to make it just as soon as we clear out all the current sweets we’ve got around. Thanks for sharing this clever cake for two.

  19. postedMay 10, 2008 11:51 PM
    Katie

    So beautiful!

  20. postedMay 11, 2008 1:22 AM
    Elle

    There are 5 other people in this house, and one of them is going to be making that for me tomorrow. They just don’t know it yet! hehehe!

  21. postedMay 11, 2008 1:44 AM
    Brilynn

    I think I will be making that two person cake just for me! It looks great!

  22. postedMay 11, 2008 4:15 AM
    Medena

    ahhhhhhhhh! All that chocolate!
    Don’t you just love going back to old magazines, and getting excited as if you just bought them! I just found some in storage today; love it!
    Statistics are sure to be rubbed in my hubby’s face tomorrow!
    I have just calculated my earnings to be a little over $155,000!!!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  23. postedMay 11, 2008 5:13 AM
    Leah

    Hhhhhm. 120K would buy me a lot of tennis lessons….or cookbooks! Lemmme’ deliver that news to my husband tomorrow…when he delivers me breakfast in bed!!

    That’ll be the day, Sister! But, a fun thought.

    Happy Mother’s Day — that cake looks really, really amazing. Cheers! Leah

  24. postedMay 11, 2008 5:41 AM
    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

    OMG! I want that cake! It looks divine!

  25. postedMay 11, 2008 6:18 AM
    My Sweet & Saucy

    This is way too tempting looking! The photos just call out to you!

  26. postedMay 11, 2008 6:31 AM
    Dhanggit

    the cake is definitely gorgeous!! i cant help but droooooooooooool on these photos yummmmy..

    happy mom’s day!!!

  27. postedMay 11, 2008 12:03 PM
    Indigo

    Oooh I LOVE flourless chocolate cake! What would I give for a piece of this…

  28. postedMay 11, 2008 2:14 PM
    VeggieGirl

    Haha, that “paycheck” thing is so fun!! :0D

    Wow, that Deep-Chocolate Gateau is positively gorgeous – as is that pink rose!! Stunning!!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  29. postedMay 11, 2008 4:24 PM
    Deborah

    Happy mother’s day to you!! Maybe I should make one of these up tonight, even though I’m not a mother yet!!

  30. postedMay 11, 2008 4:46 PM
    Lina

    Happy mothers day! it looks great!

  31. postedMay 11, 2008 4:54 PM
    CookiePie

    Happy Mother’s Day, RG! This cake looks deeeeeeeelish! Trylu scrumptious. Love the loaf pan-into-square cake idea!

  32. postedMay 11, 2008 4:58 PM
    Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor"

    It appears to be decadent, very chocolately and the perfect size. Great if Mom wants to splurge on her special day!

  33. postedMay 11, 2008 5:04 PM
    aforkfulofspaghetti

    For two?? Surely not… 😉

  34. postedMay 11, 2008 7:03 PM
    Flanboyant Eats

    imma smack you this is so good looking!

  35. postedMay 11, 2008 11:13 PM
    ali

    that’s amazing. what a great stat!

    and though i’m not a mom, I think a rich cake for two will suit my husband and me quite nicely on some upcoming evening. omg yum!

  36. postedMay 11, 2008 11:42 PM
    Jessy and her dog Winnie

    Oh man that chocolate cake looks good! Nice decoration too!

  37. postedMay 12, 2008 2:42 AM
    Mary Coleman

    Lori,
    That looks absolutely incredible.
    Love it.
    Mary

  38. postedMay 12, 2008 5:29 AM
    eliza

    happy mother’s day to you too Lori! that cake really looks yummy, chocolate and strawberry, no less.

  39. postedMay 12, 2008 7:15 AM
    Simply...Gluten-free

    I heard that salary too but what got me was they said it was all the over time – that a mother works on average 95 hours a week. Well my kids are grown now but I worked more like 24 hours a day when they were young!

  40. postedMay 12, 2008 2:44 PM
    Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    Its simply irresistible and lovely ! Very good post, indeed .

  41. postedMay 12, 2008 3:15 PM
    ovenhaven

    I love how little the batter looks in the pan, yet it ends up looking so decadently perfect on your plate! I’m bookmarking this for sure. Thanks for sharing :)

  42. postedMay 12, 2008 4:38 PM
    Roger.

    😛 I think I’d dig tear right into it while it was still warm too!

    I mean…how could one resist?

  43. postedMay 12, 2008 5:56 PM
    Nicole

    YUM! I prefer flourless cakes etc…. Much more rich to me. Looks fab.

    Funny about the old Bon Appetits. I started my subscription in the late 80’s myself! I’m old. I had them stacked up in a cupboard for years! My roommates thought I was crazy. Then one year I went through them alllllll and cut out the things I liked. Now that is what I do. It is still unorganized but doesn’t take as much space.

  44. postedMay 12, 2008 6:35 PM
    Lina

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  45. postedMay 12, 2008 6:37 PM
    Anh

    That looks sooo delicious! Anyone would be soo lucky to be part of your family. Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day!!!

  46. postedMay 12, 2008 7:45 PM
    syrie

    Wow! Looks very decadent. Love it.

  47. postedMay 12, 2008 8:27 PM
    Maryann

    This is amazingly sinful! I love it!

  48. postedMay 12, 2008 9:22 PM
    The Old Vic

    That’s looks great – you’re blog is really good to – it puts mine to shame :-(

  49. postedMay 12, 2008 10:13 PM
    adventuresinshaw

    This looks soooooo good! And since it’s only big enough for two, it’s not really cheating on my diet, is it?

  50. postedMay 12, 2008 10:54 PM
    dobetter

    Looks great! I’ve never seen salary.com, can’t wait to check out out!

  51. postedMay 12, 2008 11:08 PM
    Egghead

    “Oh this looks devine”…said egghead while the drool drips out of the corner of her mouth.

  52. postedMay 13, 2008 2:44 AM
    cook eat FRET

    fantastic idea!

    leftover cake is a very bad thing to have around my house…

  53. postedMay 13, 2008 5:33 PM
    Patsyk

    OMG! I am totally making this one! I love that I can indulge and not have it still hanging around afterward! :) Beautiful photos, too!

  54. postedMay 13, 2008 6:12 PM
    farida

    My, my, this looks heavenly! I can’t stop drooling over the picture!

  55. postedMay 14, 2008 6:32 PM
    Marianna

    wow everything sounds so delicious about this sinful gateau!! just reading honey-almond flavored ganache sent me off to another planet!

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