May 15, 2015

Thanks for letting me go on vacation for a week :). (And thanks for not unsubscribing! :D) Here’s one more photo of what I’m enjoying today here in Paris!

imageG. Detou, a foodie’s dream shop full of nuts, honey, jam, mustards, baking chips, and a lot of other things I couldn’t read in French. So fun! 

I’m also bringing back one of my favorite chocolate recipes, which has a very French-sounding name so I thought it’d be fitting for this post. The cake is easy, the taste is decadent and dark chocolatey, and the ingredients are few. What more could you want in a dessert recipe? Bon appetit!


Gateau Au Chocolat Fondant de Nathalie Recipe
aka Super Easy Dark Chocolate Cake
This recipe is adapted from Andrea’s at  http://www.coconutsandcardamom.com/



  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round springform pan. Line the base of the pan with parchment.
  2. Melt chocolate in a large Pyrex bowl for 1 minute on high in the microwave. Stir, then melt for 1 more minute. Carefully remove with oven mitts, and stir in the butter chunks until melted in. Add the sugar to the chocolate-butter mixture and stir until combined. Set aside to cool for a few moments.
  3. Add the eggs one by one, stirring well after each addition, then add the flour. The batter should be smooth.
  4. Pour batter into the buttered cake pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the center of the cake looks set and the top is shiny and a bit crackled. The center will jiggle and seem undone.
  5. Let the cake cool in its pan on a rack for 10 minutes; then carefully remove the cake so the crackled side is facing up (this is when you’ll be glad you used a springform pan). Allow to cool completely (expect the cake to deflate).
  6. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar, if you like that look. I was happy to just plop a dollop of whipped cream on it and leave it looking nice and homemade.

powdered sugar resized

To serve: Cut into wedges and serve with a dollop of slightly sweetened whipped cream. This cake is also awesome the next day, if you have any left (unlikely). Just microwave your slice for 20 seconds and enjoy with a glass of milk!

4 responses to “Bonjour de Paris!”

  1. Christi Ellis says:

    ummm je suis jaloux!!! Vous Vivez mon reve! (in case you haven’t become fluent on your stay this says I am JEALOUS!!! You are living my dream!) And yes I did have to google how to write it…lol Hope to have more posts about your stay!

    • joellen says:

      Thanks, Christi! Not fluent, so I appreciate the translation :). No more posts on the stay, but it was a blast! Ate well, hung out with friends… safe times. Couldn’t ask for much more :)).

  2. Florence says:

    Whaaat? You’re in France and I didn’t know? Are you still there? I would so love to get in touch!!!

    • joellen says:

      Hi Florence! I tried emailing you on Saturday, but it didn’t seem to go through. And now I know why: I made a typo with your email address! Haha 🙂 Sorry!! That’s what I get for trying to type on my phone while getting on the Metro =P Anyway I left on Sunday so there wasn’t much time anyway. Thanks for the thought, maybe next time :).