Gregg Wallace's white chocolate gateau

'To make sugared rose petals lightly brush fresh rose petals with beaten egg white, dust with caster sugar and leave to dry’

Serves 12


  • Butter, for greasing
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g/4½oz caster sugar
  • 125g/4½oz plain flour
  • 50g/2oz Divine White Chocolate, finely grated

To finish:

  •  3 tbsp rosewater, or 2–3 drops rose essence
  • 150ml/¼pt crème fraîche
  • 200g/7oz Divine White Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 75g/3oz unsalted butter 3 tbsp single cream, at room temperature
  • 125g/4½oz icing sugar Divine White Chocolate curls
  • Sugared rose petals
  • Sifted icing sugar, for dusting


Grease and line the bases of 2 x 20cm/8in round sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. Whisk the eggs and caster sugar together in a large bowl until thick enough to leave a trail when the whisk is lifted. Sift the flour into the bowl then add the grated chocolate and fold in with a metal spoon. Divide between the prepared tins and bake for 20- 25 minutes until just firm to the touch. Remove from the tins and cool on a wire rack.

Stir the rosewater into the crème fraîche and use to sandwich the cakes together. Put the white chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water so the base of the bowl is not touching the water. Leave until melted then allow to cool and stir in the cream and icing sugar and beat until smooth.

Leave to cool further until it forms soft peaks then spread over the top and side of the cake. Decorate with chocolate curls, sugared rose petals and a light dusting of icing sugar.

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