Rum Chocolate Cake Recipe
Easy French Pavés

This rum chocolate cake recipe is quite light, yet still moist and delicious. It goes together very quickly and smells wonderful while baking.

Les Pavés

The French word pavé can refer to everything from a stone to a candy to a piece of meat or cheese. Anything with a square form could be called a pavé. In France, you might walk down a street paved in pavés, but you might also eat a pavé de saumon for dinner.

Here they are little squares of cake, or we could consider the entire cake a pavé as well.

This recipe is very popular in my house. I was a bit surprised to see the kids going for it so enthusiastically - figured they would need some frosting, but that's my American roots showing. In France, dessert is many times less sweet and flashy than might be expected. These chocolate rum pavés are a perfect example of subtle goodness.

Pavé au chocolat et au rhum

Prep time: 25 min
Bake time: 30 min

Makes about 36 squares.


  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces high quality, dark chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 white rum


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9X9 inch (or similarly sized) baking pan.
  2. Place a Pyrex or other heat resistant bowl on top of a pot of just simmering (not boiling) water. The bottom of the bowl should be just above the water line. Crack the eggs into the bowl and whisk in the sugar. Whisk continually for ten minutes assuring that the water stays just at a simmer. The eggs will turn light colored and will thicken considerably. An electric whisk helps enormously.
  3. After ten minutes, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the finely chopped chocolate with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted and is incorporated in the batter.
  4. Stir in the crème fraiche and mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the flour and mix until combined.
  6. Finish by gradually stirring in the rum.
  7. Pour the batter into the baking pan and place in 400°F oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes. Turn the cake onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

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