Celebration Cake — Gâteau pour occasion spéciale

Two Chocolate Mousse Cake

Three years already? I am still amazed when I think about it.

Three years ago, on Nov 28th 2005, I started to blog. And in three years, needless to say that much has happened. I am aware that I am quite lucky: I met great people, virtually or in real life; I learned a ton; I started a new carrier; I am able to do, every day, something I continue to love just the same way, even more; and I am able to share pieces of it with you.

I want to dedicate this post to all of you without whom this blog would simply not be what it is today. Your constant encouragements and notes always bring me warmth. And make me smile and happy.

And yes, I am thankful!

Merci !

I designed this chocolate cake a few weeks ago, and made it already twice — it is light and deliciously chocolaty. The first one I made was for my friend L.’s baby shower, and the second one was for our Thanksgiving dinner, only yesterday. Irene, my friend Ron’s mum who is an amazing 97-year old woman, once also a modern dancer who lived and danced in Argentina and Europe, kept asking who baked the cake — her memory is leaving her, but she remembers tiny details of her life like no one else. “Did you bake the cake?” she asked P.

Not me, Bea did,” he said pointing at me. She looked back, stared at me and said assertidly: “It’s really delicious. Can I have another slice?

That was the best compliment.

You will get to know about it more soon — I will have to tell you something else then too!

Posted in Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Gluten Free, Life and Us


  1. I love the beautiful black knife–what a lovely accent. Great choice of color to make the cake pop! Congratulations on 3 years–you are an inspiration to others, like me, who are just starting the journey into food and photography. Merci.

  2. Bea, happy blogoversary! I wish you many more blogging years!

    Your blog is a great inspiration to me!

  3. Chocolate, what else (?) pour fêter les 3 ans du blog ! Félicitations. Ca m’a l’air mousseux, fondant et léger à souhait !

  4. thank YOU for all the pleasure your blog has brought to its followers…

  5. Happy blog birthday and long life to “La Tartine Gourmande”! That cake looks fantastic and delicate!



  6. Bea

    Bharat just forwarded me your web site. Oh my God! its amazing. I dont have words to describe it (and that’s coming from a person who hates blogs, online forums etc). Being a good cook myself, I know and appreciate the work that goes into it.

    looks like you are preganant. congratulations……

    and pictures, they are AMAZING! you are incredibly talented. I am glad you found your “love”…..

    I’ll be visiting this site often 🙂

  7. That looks simply wonderful, Bea. I do hope you’ll be kind enough to put us all here, slowly salivating to death, out of our misery and share the recipe soon. Well done on three years of phenomenal work. Outstanding, world class stuff. I look forward to many, many more posts and celebrations on La Tartine Gourmande. Encore!

  8. Happy Blogiversary!!! I love your blog, the pictures you take are amazing (wonder when will I be able to take pictures like that), and all the yummy stuff are just amazing! Can’t wait for your Celebration Cake recipe! 🙂

  9. looks delicious! I think I may be able to guess at the recipe. Your story of your friend’s’ mom reminds me of my late great-grandmother. Her humor in her last 90’s were fabulous.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Félicitations ! Your blog is on a different plane to all others. I don’t like or read blogs at all but your photography and recipes are exceptional. It’s the only one I subscribe to. You have great talent. Keep it up !

  11. Haaappy Birthday! (je chante). Et à l’année prochaine.
    J’aime toujours autant ton blog, tes photos, tes articles.

  12. Trois ans déjà à nous faire saliver devant notre écran d’ordinateur… merci.
    Ce dessert, une fois de plus, a l’air succulent…
    Très bonne continuation.

  13. Happy blog anniversary Bea, we are lucky to have you!!!!!
    The cake is wonderfull as usual

  14. Happy blogiversary to you! It will soon be three years for me too on two of my three blogs. They haven’t taken me quite as far as yours have, but they have added a lot to my life. Bonne continuation!

  15. Looks yummy! Looking forward to seeing the recipe! Happy belated Turkey Day!

  16. oh what a sweet story!
    happiest of happy blog birthdays ms. bea!
    we are so glad you started this blog..
    i am richer because of it!

  17. Congratulations, Béa and thank you very much for the beauty you bring to my life with this lovely blog.

  18. Happy Blog Birthday! But you are such a tease! What is the “something else then too” you will have to tell us? You are so full of surprises lately that I can hardly wait . . . many congratulations for all the wonderful things happening in your life. And thank you for the beauty your blog adds to my day.

  19. Joyeux bloganniversaire! Ton blog est toujours une bouffée d’air frais et printanier quand je viens y faire un tour, longue vie à lui et à toi! .) Et aussi à ton talent pour les photos et l’écriture ainsi que ton inspiration culinaire!
    J’ai hâte de voir la recette, car ce gâteau a l’air superbement délicieux! Vas-tu nous révéler si la chambre de ton bébé sera rose ou bleue? ,)

  20. Congratulations on completing 3 years here.
    Here’s wishing you many more years here that fill you and us with happiness.
    I love chocolate and your cake is just gorgeous.

  21. MERCI pour ces 3 années de bonheur ! A quand un livre de cuisine qui regroupe tout ça ? j’en rêve….

  22. congrats on three years! the cake looks yummy. I hope you’ll be kind enough to give us the recipe. 🙂

  23. Happy Blog-birthday Béa!!! Congratulations pour ton magnifique blogg encore. The more see it, the more I like it. I took a basic photography course because of you, you know?! Obviously, I’m far away from your perfection and above all from your special “touch”, but I wouldn’t mind to show you my “petites creations” at some point. Great your mum is in good heath at that age! And…of course, the cake looks truly delicious! Do you already know your baby’s sex? I wish you the best for the pregnancy! Grosbizous, xxNat;-)

  24. C’est une excellente idée d’avoir choisi ce duo chocolaté pour fêter ton anniversaire. Que ton blog continue encore longtemps pour notre plus grand plaisir.

  25. I will also ask if I can have another slice too!. It looks yummy though!
    I can’t wait for the recipe.

  26. Congratulations on 3 years! I’m really glad you started this blog. Yours is definitely one of the best in the blogosphere. : )

  27. Congratulations Béa, – and what a delicious 3 years it has been!!
    Thank you for sharing so many beautiful and mouth watering creations to brighten our world and may we look forward to many many more!

  28. Happy anniversary!Last night I had a dream about what your news is going to be! I hope I’m right. Congratulations!

  29. oh my..this cake looks heavenly.. can’t wait till you post the recipe.. and thank you for your blog…..i’m probably one of your avid readers :o) to more years of happy blogging!

  30. Je pense que Lolo est correcte! Bea, tu fais toute les occasions tres special!
    Merci et le bonne sante’!

  31. Happy blogiversary, Bea! The blogging world would not be the same without you! Best wishes for the future and everything that lies ahead of you:)

  32. Happy blogiversary! Your blog is always a source of inspiration :)) and the way you tell us about what’s around you is always fascinating
    Auguri from Italy

  33. Félicitations! I am very inspired by your beautiful and tasty creations!
    I would love the recipe for this chocolate cake 🙂

  34. Thank you very much everyone for your kind words. They are truly touching! I will keep you posted about the cake….

  35. Bea,
    This looks so delicious and elegant! I cannot wait for the recipe :)) I adore the story of Ron’s mother..
    Are you having twins!!!!? Congratulations, by the way, as I never said before. Best wishes to you and P.!!

  36. Congratulations! That is really an accomplishment. Thanks for all your talent and hard work!

  37. Happy Anniversary! The foodie blogworld is a much better place with your blog in it. The cake looks stunning!

  38. What a wonderful blog you have! Just gorgeous food and photography. Congratulations on your three years of blogging!

  39. Hello
    i love your blog. I check it daily.
    M ywish for 2009 is a BOOK FROM LA TARTINE GOURMANDE::)
    that would be great.

    All the best to your and your familiy

  40. Happy Blog Anniversary Bea! What a wonderful chocolate cake to be celebrating with! Cheers!

  41. Hi Bea…I was hoping you’d put the recipe up before this weekend so I can make this fabulous cake!!! 😉 Happy Anniversary!!

  42. Happy Anniversary!

    I hate to be a pest…but is there any chance you will post the recipe before Christmas Eve? I wanted to make this for my family get-together. If not, I will have to find something else.

  43. hi, Bea
    i love your wonderful foodblog. And now i subscribe through GoogleReader. Keep writing and i really adore these photographs. Did you took those pictures by yourself? amazing 😀

  44. HEllo,
    I am new to your blog, and I can not find recipe for this great cake…Can you possibly send a link? Thank you very much.

  45. I have just discovered your blog and love it, when will your cookbook be out? Is it possible to have the recipe for this celebration cake, it looks delicious.

  46. May I ask when the recipe for this cake will be posted on your site? I’m dying to make it! 🙂

  47. Thank you everyone, once again.

    Maria, the recipe will actually be in my upcoming book! 😉

  48. Could I please have the recipe for the celebration cake, I would like to make this for my family…. for celebrations! Thank you so very much.

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  50. Bonjour!
    Je suis une étudiante au Paul Cézanne III, Aix-en-Provence. J’adore bien votre blog et je vais vous suivre quand je rentre aux Et. Un. à bientôt. J’aime cette recette, mais je ne peux pas trouver…ette recette, que le blog et les photos. Je voudrais le faire pour mon anniversaire. Svp aidez-moi? Merci!