Julia Child’s Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat

Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing | www.thepeachkitchen.com

Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing | www.thepeachkitchen.com

 “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” ― Julia Child, My Life in France

Today marks Julia Child’s 1ooth birthday. And I’m sure anyone who loves to cook and eat are now firing up their oven to cook up one of her delicious recipes in order to pay tribute to this wonderful individual.

We at Baking Partners are all baking this delicious Chocolate Almond Cake {Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat} to honor her.

To be honest with you, I’ve heard a lot about Julia Child but I didn’t really invest some time in getting to know her. I haven’t even watched the movie Julie and Julia yet. Making this cake, I feel like getting to know her a little better, read things about her and her amazing talent in cooking.

Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing | www.thepeachkitchen.comReine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat is excerpted from Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

According to her:

This extremely good chocolate cake is baked so that its center remains slightly underdone; overcooked, the cake loses its special creamy quality. It is covered with a chocolate-butter icing, and decorated with almonds. Because of its creamy center it needs no filling. It can be made by starting out with a beating of egg yolks and sugar, then proceeding with the rest of the ingredients. But because the chocolate and the almonds make a batter so stiff it is difficult to fold in the egg whites, we have chosen another method, that of creaming together the butter and sugar, and then incorporating the remaining items.

I don’t think I’ve overcooked this cake because I still have a creamy and moist center but since I wasn’t able to buy semi-sweet chocolate chips, I had to use regular ones. I think it turned out sweeter than it has to be but it’s perfect with black coffee, you won’t need to put sugar anymore.

A sip of coffee and a bite of this cake and you got a perfect afternoon like what I’m having.

So raise those coffee cups and let’s have a toast…..

To Julia Child! Happy 100th Birthday!Thank you for inspiring us all!

Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing | www.thepeachkitchen.com

Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat

(Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing)
From Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I by Julia Child, Simone Beck & Louisette Bertholle.

For the Cake:
4 ounces or squares semisweet chocolate melted with 2 Tb rum or coffee
1/4 lb. or 1 stick softened butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 Tb granulated sugar
2/3 cup pulverized almonds
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup cake flour (scooped and leveled) turned into a sifter

For the Icing:
2 ounces (2 squares) semisweet baking chocolate
2 Tb rum or coffee
5 to 6 Tb unsalted butter


A round cake pan 8 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches deep
A 3-quart mixing bowl
A wooden spoon or an electric beater
A rubber spatula
A cake rack
A small covered pan
A larger pan of almost simmering water
A wooden spoon
A bowl with a tray of ice cubes and water to cover them
A small flexible-blade metal spatula or a table knife


For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Butter and flour the cake pan. Set the chocolate and rum or coffee in a small pan, cover, and place (off heat) in a larger pan of almost simmering water; let melt while you proceed with the recipe. Measure out the rest of the ingredients. Cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until they form a pale yellow, fluffy mixture.

Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.

Beat the egg whites and salt in a separate bowl until soft peaks are formed; sprinkle on the sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed.

With a rubber spatula, blend the melted chocolate into the butter and sugar mixture, then stir in almonds, and almond extract. Immediately stir one fourth of the beaten egg whites to lighten the batter. Delicately fold in a third of the remaining whites and when partially blended, sift on one third of the flour and continue folding. Alternate rapidly with more egg whites and more flour until all egg whites and flour are incorporated.

Turn the batter into the cake pan, pushing the batter up to its rim with a rubber spatula. Bake in middle level of preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Cake is done when it has puffed, and 2-1/2 to 3 inches around the circumference are set so that a needle plunged into that area comes out clean; the center should move slightly if the pan is shaken, and a needle comes out oily.

Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edge of the pan, and reverse cake on the rack. Allow it to cool for an hour or two; it must be thoroughly cold if it is to be iced.

For the Icing:

Place the chocolate and rum or coffee in the small pan, cover, and set in the larger pan of almost simmering water. Remove pans from heat and let chocolate melt for 5 minutes or so, until perfectly smooth. Lift chocolate pan out of the hot water, and beat in the butter a tablespoon at a time. Then beat over the ice and water until chocolate mixture has cooled to spreading consistency. At once spread it over your cake with spatula or knife, and press a design of almonds over the icing.

Yield: For an 8-inch cake serving 6 to 8 people

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20 Responses

  1. I had my dose of rein de saba today eventhough each and everyone done it super prefectly..Irresistible cake!

  2. Beautiful, Peachy, Love your cake and post. You did wonderful tribute to honor a great chef.

  3. Delicious looking cake…I sure wold love to have a slice of this cake to finish my lunch with….
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and hope you are having a great week 🙂

  4. Loved reading the post. Pictures look amazing. Nice tribute to Julia Child. It is great to get to know you through Baking Partners.

  5. Sooooooooooo beautiful 🙂 🙂 Very tempting and cute clicks 🙂 Do visit my blog http://tangymind.blogspot.com.Please drop any comments and awaiting to hear from u.. Happy to follow you on Google and liked ur FB page..Do follow me back dear 🙂

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  6. Hi peach, first time here, you have a beautiful blog, and the cake looks gorgeous, I love the simple decoration too.., looks so posh.., happy to be following you and to be with you in Baking Partners

  7. I love Julia Child! I didn’t really know who she was either, but then one of my friend’s gave me one of her cookbooks (I really do love that friend) and then we watched Julie and Julia in French class (even though we watched it in English). It’s actually insane how many people are baking something in tribute to her. I wish I baked something too! I guess I should just plan ahead next year. This cake looks gorgeous. I love how you arranged the almonds on top of the cake–it’s such a little touch but it’s so pretty.

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