Chocolate cakes from Gaulupeau, Versailles
Chocolate cakes from one of the most prestigious pastry-shops of Versailles, a five minutes walk from the castle, to the left when leaving the castle. Ask for rue de la Paroisse!
As you can see, the chocolate glaze is shiny and beautiful: it is also incredibly yummy, especially if like me you let it melt for a few hours after buying it.
The left cake is an orange chocolate cake named Mamounia, after a legendary palace/hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, where many of the oranges sold in France come from. But in reality it is inspired by a famous dessert by Pierre Marcolini that won the Pastry World Cup in 1995, l'Envol:
It is good, but orange chocolate cakes usually have stronger orange flavors at La Maison du Chocolat or Jean-Paul Hévin, so it is a little bit of a disappointment.
Mamounia: mousse chocolat noir, crème brûlée à l'orange, feuilletine, praliné. 4,10 euros.
The cake to the right is a yuzu chocolate cake named Azur. If that reminds you of Pierre Hermé, he should offer you a free macaron! It is my favorite of these two cakes. It is very good, but would have been even better if there was more yuzu.
Azur: sablé chocolat à la fleur de sel, biscuit chocolat, mousse sabayon chocolat aux éclats de fleur de sel, crème au yuzu. 4,10 euros.