gateau reine de saba

Gateau Reine de Saba Recipe a la Levana!

My own Gateau Reine de Saba:

I got the inspiration directly from the original master, Julia Child. The name Reine De Saba is not too presumptuous for this fabulous and ethereal dessert.

Gateau Reine de Saba is almost flourless.

But I thought out of the box and made it completely flourless, and enjoy it on Passover too. Its short and dazzling ingredient list read like that of a giant chocolate truffle.

Chocolate and hazelnuts:

If you have a better match in mind, send it my way! It is good to know that Gateau Reine de Saba, for all its elegant name, is so simple to make. Gluten-free without even trying, and dairy-free to boot: It won’t hurt any to substitute a good margarine for the butter, as the cake has too many exciting flavors going for it.



  • 1 3/4 cups ground hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural margarine spread (health-foods store)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy, bourbon or rum
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, best quality
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, best quality
  • 1/3 cup natural margarine spread (health food stores)

Melt the chocolate chips with the margarine on a very low flame or in a microwave. Let the mixture cool a little before spreading over the cake, and on the sides. If you are adding the chopped nuts around the sides, wait a few more minutes, until the glaze is almost set.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a food processor, finely grind the nuts and the 3 tablespoons sugar, and set aside. Melt margarine, brandy and chips on a very low flame or in a microwave. Cream the remaining sugar and eggs in a food processor until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate mixture and pulse 2-3 times. Fold in the nut mixture by hand. Pour the  mixture into a greased 9 inch spring form mold and bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Unmold, let it cool and apply the glaze. If you'd like, for a more dramatic presentation, garnish the cake all around the sides with toasted chopped hazelnuts.

Makes a good dozen servings.

2 replies
    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Please don’t box yourself in with any one brand, it would be most inconvenient on shopping days you can’t find it. Rather, look in your health food store (an now increasingly, in better supermarkets) for a brand that clearly states non-hydrogenated, no transfats. There are several terrific brands.

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