Cookbook:Gâteau Nantais (Nantes Cake)

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Gâteau Nantais (Nantes Cake)
CategoryFrench recipes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | French Cuisine

Gâteau nantais is a kind of pound cake made with almond flour and rum.


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  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 2 tablespoons water


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  1. Cream the butter and sugar for 2–3 minutes by hand or using a mixer at low speed.
  2. Add almond flour, and mix to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. Incorporate them into the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add the flour and 2 tablespoons of rum.
  5. Pour the batter into a buttered cake pan.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes at gas mark 5 (150 °C).
  7. As soon as you take the cake out of the oven, sprinkle the cake with mix of 2 tablespoons of rum and 2 tablespoons of water. Cool completely, then unmold.
  8. When the cake is cold, make the icing by combining the icing sugar and rum. Add a few drops of water if necessary, stirring well between each addition of water, to make a thick but flowing glaze.
  9. Pour the icing on the cake, and spread it well.

Notes, tips, and variations

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  • For this cake, it is best to glaze and serve the day after it is baked and soaked.