Gateau Recipe

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Johanna Modified: September 2, 2021
Gateau Recipe

How To Make Gateau

Gateau is what the French call their cakes. In this particular recipe, strawberry is the main flavor of choice, making it a summer-appropriate treat.

Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 400gstrawberries
  • 150mldouble cream
  • 300gcaster sugar
  • 6eggs
  • 200gplain flour
  • 1pinchsalt
  • 200gbutter,melted and cooled
  • 50mlstrawberry syrup
  • drop of red food colouring


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 180 degrees C.

  2. Separate the egg yolks and place in a bowl with 200 grams caster sugar. Place over a pan of simmering water and whisk until mixture has tripled in volume. Remove from the heat and continue to whisk until cooled.

  3. Carefully, sift flour and salt onto the top of the whipped eggs and sugar mixture. With a spatula very gently fold the dry ingredients together with the melted butter into the egg and sugar mixture.

  4. In a clean bowl whip the egg whites until stiff. Very gently fold the egg whites into the mixture using a figure of eight motion. Pour into a 20-centimeter tin which has been greased and base lined with nonstick baking paper.

  5. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 mins until golden brown and the cake is springy to the touch and coming away from the sides.

  6. Turn out onto a cooling rack and remove the lining paper. When completely cooled slice in half horizontally. Using the cake tin as a mould, line it with cling film letting it hang over the sides.

  7. Wash and half the strawberries vertically, keeping a few whole for garnish. Whip the cream together with 100 grams caster sugar. Place one half of the sponge in the bottom of the tin.

  8. Drizzle the strawberry syrup over the sponge cake and place half the strawberries verticaly around the tin (flat side towards the tin). Reserve a little of the whipped cream for the top.

  9. Cut the remainder of the strawberries into small pieces and add to the remainder of the whipped cream. Spoon the whipped cream and strawberries into the mould being careful not to dislodge the vertical strawberries.

  10. Place the remaining sponge half on too.

  11. Add the food colouring to the remainder of the cream and spread over the top of the gateaux. Decorate with the reserves strawberries.

  12. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. Carefully unmould from the cake tin using the cling film and place on a serving plate.


  • Calories: 451.45kcal
  • Fat: 24.59g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.60g
  • Trans Fat: 0.67g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.80g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.41g
  • Fiber: 1.34g
  • Sugar: 36.50g
  • Protein: 6.06g
  • Cholesterol: 159.68mg
  • Sodium: 61.22mg
  • Calcium: 45.57mg
  • Potassium: 149.06mg
  • Iron: 0.88mg
  • Vitamin A: 240.60µg
  • Vitamin C: 23.61mg
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