Gâteaux for the Holidays

three limited-batch festive flavors:
chocolate, gingerbread, and peppermint

Sale price Price $150 Regular price

Gâteau Basque Trio

Dandelion Chocolate

Hailing from Basque country straddling the border of France and Spain, a traditional gâteau Basque is simply called “cake of the house” by locals. It’s typically composed of smooth pastry cream or jam encased in a buttery, crisp-tender crust, and the beautiful contrast of crumbly and creamy layers creates a memorable pastry experience — made even more special with Dandelion chocolate.

Our unique trio of gâteaux highlights not only single-origin chocolate (70% Camino Verde, Ecuador, one of our pastry kitchen’s favorites!), but also a holiday-ready blend of festive spices, and fresh peppermint essence. For each creamy, cocoa-forward filling, we’ve perfected a complementary pastry crust, yielding three versions of bean-to-bar deliciousness.

This seasonal collection includes:

  • Chocolate Gâteau
  • Chocolate Peppermint Gâteau
  • Chocolate Gingerbread Gâteau

These gâteaux are best enjoyed immediately at room temperature. Store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator after opening, and consume within one week.

Ingredients & Allergens

Chocolate: All-purpose flour, eggs, cream, sugar, butter, 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate (cocoa beans, organic cane sugar), 100% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate (cocoa beans), almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt

Peppermint: Sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs, butter, cream, 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador Chocolate (cocoa beans, organic cane sugar), 100% Camino Verde, Ecuador Chocolate (cocoa beans), almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, peppermint extract

Gingerbread: All-purpose flour, butter, eggs, cream, sugar, 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate (cocoa beans, organic cane sugar), almond flour, cornstarch, gingerbread spice mix (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg), baking powder, vanilla, salt

Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, tree nuts (almonds).

Serving Size & Weight

Each gâteau is 6 inches in diameter and serves 4–6.

3 lb 15 oz (1.79 kg)

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Learn more about our cocoa beans and sugar – the region, the farms, and the producers.

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Three Flavors

Chocolate

Our single-origin Chocolate Gâteau highlights the classically fudgy notes of 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate, encasing velvety chocolate pastry cream in a decadent chocolate crust.

Gingerbread

Rich with chocolate and warm holiday spices, this Gâteau features smooth, spice-infused 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate pastry cream in a buttery Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate crust.

Peppermint

A tender chocolate crust encloses creamy, 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate filling — made festive with a touch of cool, bright peppermint: our holiday season tribute to traditional Basque simplicity.

"One of my all-time favorite cakes in my all-time favorite flavor. Lisa's Gâteau Basque is soooo good."

DORIE GREENSPAN

best-selling author & culinary expert

"One of my all-time favorite cakes in my all-time favorite flavor. Lisa's Gâteau Basque is soooo good."

DORIE GREENSPAN

best-selling author &
culinary expert


How a 200-Year Basque Tradition Came to San Francisco

During a brainstorming session in 2020, our Pastry Assistant Isabelle suggested creating a Dandelion version of a Gâteau Basque — and Pastry Chef Lisa and Recipe Developer Meredyth leapt on board. They researched the traditional cake, and Lisa stumbled across an NPR podcast in which her friend (and pastry icon!) Dorie Greenspan recounted driving along a winding road in French Basque country, and spotting a sign for a Gâteau Basque museum.

Lisa replayed the segment to make sure she’d heard right that there was an actual museum honoring a cake — and became fascinated. Her team explored gâteau flavor ideas, and after weeks of testing, perfected three gâteaux highlighting the aromas of our single-origin chocolate. For 2022, Lisa and team have created a fresh trio: two perennial favorites (Chocolate and Chocolate Gingerbread), and our brand-new Chocolate Peppermint Gâteau.

With buttery, softly crisp crusts encasing creamy, chocolatey fillings, our festive Gâteau Basque Trio is an ode to the holiday season: one classic chocolate-with-chocolate pairing; a richly spiced chocolate gingerbread creation; and — because everyone at Dandelion loves the holidays — a celebration-ready chocolate peppermint cake.


Also available as a single chocolate or gingerbread gâteau