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French Cakes: 10 Most Popular “Gâteaux” From France

French Cakes: 10 Most Popular “Gâteaux” From France

French cakes are some of the most delicious in the world, making the perfect addition to any afternoon tea or meal. Discover some of the best French “gâteaux” (pronounced gato; meaning cake in French) that you simply must try as soon as possible. We’ve also included audio pronunciation for all of these cakes. Keep reading!

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List of the 10 Most popular French cakes

  1. Fraisier
  2. Charlotte Russe
  3. Dacquoise
  4. Bûche de Noël
  5. Galette des Rois
  6. Croquembouche
  7. Gâteau Basque
  8. Quatre Quarts
  9. Opera Cake
  10. Gateau Saint Honoré

French Cake list

1) Fraisier

Frasier Cake

A fraisier cake is a classic French dish created from strawberries, layers of genoise, almond paste, and mousseline cream. It’s named after the French word for strawberries, and is the perfect centerpiece for any dinner party.



Fraisier cake recipe from

2) Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe Cake

The Charlotte Russe cake dates back to the eighteenth century and it’s another stunning option to add to your dinner table. It’s made with ladyfingers, which are pressed into a mold to create a pretty pattern on the top of the cake.

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Charlotte Russe recipe from

3) Dacquoise

Dacquoise Cake

This Dacquoise cake is created with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue. From there, you add whipped cream, and everything is served on a biscuit base. The name comes from the nut meringue layer, which is one of the most delicious parts of the cake.



Dacquoise recipe from

4) Bûche de Noël

Buche de Noel

No Christmas Day table is complete without the Bûche de Noël, which will delight kids and adults alike. Sometimes known as a Yule log, this chocolate cake is served in France, Switzerland, and Belgium each year, but is also enjoyed in the UK, US, and other countries.

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Bûche de Noël recipe from

5) Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois

Traditionally baked in January each year, the galette des rois celebrates when the Three Kings visited baby Jesus. The cake is usually filled with frangipane, which is a sweet cream made from almonds.

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Galette des Rois recipe from

6) Croquembouche


Croquembouche translates to “crunch in the mouth” and is one of the most impressive dessert options to add to any dinner party. It’s a cone-shaped tower made from cream puffs, which are stuck together with caramel.



Croquembouche recipe from

7) Gâteau Basque

Gateau Basque

Coming from the Northern Basque region in France, the Gâteau Basque is a traditional dessert which is filled with ether pastry cream or black cherry jam. The cream version is usually made in the Southern Basque region, which is located in Spain.

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Gâteau Basque recipe from

8) Quatre Quarts (French Pound Cake)

Quatre Quarts (French Pound Cake)

The quatre quarts (French pound cake) can be made with a pound of just four ingredients: butter, eggs, flour, and sugar. These are usually made in a Bundt mold or loaf pan, and you can finish it off with a dusting of powdered sugar or a light glaze.

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Quatre Quarts recipe from

9) Gâteau opera

Opera Cake

The gâteau opera (opera cake) is made with layers of almond sponge, which are soaked in a coffee syrup. They are then layered with ganache and French buttercream, before adding a final topping of a chocolate glaze.

gâteau opera


Pronunciation credit: Forvo

Opera cake recipe from

10) Gateau Saint Honoré

Gateau Saint Honoré

A sophisticated French cake you could serve at your next dinner party is the Gateau Saint Honoré. It is made with pastry cream, flaky puff pastry, and choux balls, which all come together to create a delightful dessert.

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Gateau Saint Honoré recipe from

French cakes – conclusion

All of these French cakes will please anyone you serve them to. They’ll be a fantastic addition to your next gathering or afternoon tea. Want to take things it to the next level? Here are ten of the most popular French dishes and how to pronounce them!

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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