These French cake recipes are all fairly easy, allowing you to quickly make a luscious homemade dessert from France. As with all good French food the secret to success is to start with the very best ingredients possible.
The freshest eggs, high quality flours and sugars, and pure butter are the cornerstones to good baking, French or otherwise.
Apple Cake Recipe
This very simple French cake includes almond powder for extra flavor and moistness. Great for dessert served with whipped cream or ice cream, or try it as a breakfast coffee cake.
Baba au Rhum
Traditionally a baba au rhum is made with a yeast dough, but here it is quickly made with baking powder for leavening. Baked in a ring mold and topped with whipped cream, this rum soaked cake is delicious.
You could think of these uniquely shaped desserts as French cupcakes. A crunchy caramelized exterior gives way to a creamy crepe like interior. Flavored with rum and vanilla.
Chestnut Flour Cake
Here's a homemade cake recipe from Corsica, the Mediterranean island belonging to France. It features chestnut flour, a frequent ingredient in Corsican cuisine.
Chocolate Almond Cake
Called a Reine de Saba, this simple chocolate cake is made dense and moist with almond flour. Serve topped with crÃ¨me anglaise for a typically French dessert.
Chocolate Charlotte Recipe
This classic French dessert requires no baking. Brandy soaked lady fingers line a special mold and then are filled with an airy chocolate mousse for an elegant presentation.
Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
This cake called Moelleux au chocolat in French, features a warm liquid center. Easy to make ahead and then bake right before serving, this is a very rich dessert.
Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe
Served in a pool of raspberry sauce and topped with sweetened whipped cream, this flourless homemade cake is chocolate to the max and very a easy to make dessert.
Cream Puff Recipe
The recipe for choux pastry is easier than you might imagine. It is the basis for lots of French cake recipes, some of them quite elaborate. A plate of cream puffs would make an easy and fun offering at a birthday party.
French Cheesecake Recipe
This is a light and not-so-sweet French cake recipe from the Alsace region. It has just a hint of lemon flavor and is baked in a pie crust. Tarte au fromage blanc is cool, airy and delicious.
King Cake Recipe
La galette des rois is a frangipane stuffed puff pastry with a little surprise. Intended for a Twelfth Night celebration, you could enjoy this easy homemade cake anytime you want.
This cake is a little more elaborate then most cakes you'll find here. Genoise layers are frosted with a coffee flavored buttercream and decorated with toasted almonds. A rich and elegant dessert.
Prune Cake Recipe
Far Breton is one of the French cake recipes from the Brittany region. It features Agen Prunes in a flan-like cake. Delicious and nutritious.
Rum Cake Recipe
Known as gÃ¢teau nantais, this French cake recipe is a speciality of the city of Nantes. Made from ground alomonds, salted butter and of course rum!
Rum Chocolate Cake Recipe
A deceptively plain looking cake, these yummy little pavÃ©s will have you and your family reaching for just one more.
Spice Cake Recipe
Pain d'Ã©pices is a traditional recipe from the Alsace region of France. You can enjoy it as it is at tea time or for breakfast or use it in other French recipes.
Tea Cake Recipe
Les navettes de Saint Victor are a speciality of the south of France and feature the unusual taste of orange flower water. Try serving them with this orange flavored mascarpone cheese for a super treat.
Yule Log Cake Recipe
Here is a very easy Buche de Noel recipe. Chocolate buttercream and genoise cake make the perfect combination for this classic French holiday dessert.