Presenting Auberge du Soleil’s Torte au Chocolat

The magnificent, but pricey, Torte au Chocolat.

There are 11 layers in this showstopping cake made by the Michelin-starred Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley.

That’s layer upon layer of crisp hazelnut dacquoise, chocolate cremeux, pureed organic hazelnuts and dark chocolate ganache. It’s crunchy, nutty, densely rich and oh-so luxe tasting. The signature creation of renowned Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux, it comes packaged in a novel round gift box that splits open for easy removal of the cake.

How cool is this packaging?

This beauty, which can serve 6 to 8, can be yours — or that of a well-deserving friend or family member — for $57.50.

If that’s a little too rich for your pocketbook, you’ll be glad to know that the resort has added some more affordable items to its line of “Sweets from Soleil.” Recently, I had a chance to try samples of this glam cake and the newest sweet treats.

Pâte de Petits Fruits (16 for $32.50) are precious sugared squares of fresh raspberry, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry puree. The fruit jellies are the same ones diners enjoy at the end of their meal at the restaurant.

Chocolate-covered organic almonds.

Organic California almonds are enrobed first in dark chocolate, then in cocoa for luxurious Amandes au Chocolat (a six-ounce tin is $17.50). And Confiture de Framboises et Mûres are packaged in a keepsake box –- with one jar each of lovely raspberry and blackberry jam ($27.50).

A duo of jams.

All items are available for pick up at the Auberge du Soleil resort, by mail-order on the resort’s Web site or by calling (800) 348-5406.

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Date: Thursday, 4. November 2010 5:25
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  1. 1

    i got my first taste of that torte this summer…. mmmmm!

  2. 2

    Omg, it looks irresistibly divine!



  3. 3

    that cake, wow, that cake. amazing. i want to take lessons on how to make that cake and then devour it.

  4. 4

    Oh you devil! I should not have looked at that first thing in the morning! It’s 8h40 and I want chocolate now!

  5. 5

    Who doesn’t love chocolate. I take pride in being able to eat huge slices of cake, but I am not sure that I could handle that cake on my own…Give me a slice and a cold glass of milk and I’d be in heaven!


  6. 6

    Everything looks good–for some reason, especially the jams!

  7. 7

    I think I gained a pound from looking at the torte, haha! It looks luscious!

  8. 8

    What gorgeous treats! Everything looks wonderful…I’d love to get a spoon and start with a taste of the raspberry jam! :)

  9. 9

    That torte cake looks amazing, but with my budget I’m probably better off just going to the restaurant and getting a slice than dropping $57 for a whole cake! Yowza.

  10. 10

    What jaw-dropping photos. I just love those jams and that torte, yum!

    Some of this stuff would make great Christmas gifts.
    I need to head to Napa.

  11. 11

    Oh my, that is the most stunning cake! I’ve just been staring at it for a good minute! :o

  12. 12

    The box splits open for easy removal. Like that will be a problem?


  13. 13

    I’m even humbled by the NAME of that cake. It’s gorgeous!

  14. 14

    This is unbelievable!! 11 layers?? Fantastic

  15. 15

    Waw, 11 layers in that chocolate cake,..stunning it looks: amazing too!

    I love the jams! Yum!

  16. 16

    That cake looks incredible, and who wouldn’t love opening a gift box to find that! I love packaging on all these gifts. Great colors and labeling.

  17. 17

    That cake looks amazing – I sense a trip to Napa in the near future.

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  19. 19

    Eleven layers? Woozers! I don’t want to even think about how long it takes to make that cake!

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  21. 21

    I would like so much to have the recipe of this finger licking chocolate/hazulnut cake… I’m dreaming of it!

  22. 22

    I tried this torte for the first time in April and it is amazing. It is worth the money. I wish I could get the recipe.

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  24. 24

    I’ve had it and I know chocolate
    it was unbelievable and worth every penny
    wow, wow, wow (that’s 3 wows for you scoring at home)

  25. 25

    There is a ‘link to the recipe’ which is just a link to the restaurant shop. What a disappointment!
    I saw Chef Lemoine make this cake on Barefoot Contessa and was looking forward to finding the recipe – no such luck :-(

  26. 26

    Fumiko: The link doesn’t indicate it goes to a recipe; it merely takes you to the Auberge du Soeliel site to purchase the torte.

  27. 27

    I watched the video and the recipe is pretty much given there. The only thing not given was the amount of glucose and salt in the chocolate cremeux but I think you could research that out online. The video can be watched at:

  28. 28

    After watching a Barefoot Contessa episode where she observes this being made, I decided to tackle it myself. I used chocolate ganache and replaced the hazelnuts with almonds. I gave it to a friend as a birthday present. After she and her friends ate it, they each texted me with moans of pleasure and said it was one of the best thing gs they had eaten – and one of her friends is known for *her* chocolate cake! I am going to make it again!

  29. 29

    Jackie: That is so impressive! It must have been so much work to make that. Your friend is one lucky person!

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