benoît chaigneau's rum-flavoured nantais cake

What would Nantes be without this rum-flavoured travel cake? The flavour of this pastry must reveal the history of the port of Nantes at the time of the Triangular Trade, when rum from the French West Indies made its way into the city. An authentic memory shared with every bite.



for 4 people

Nantais cake
  • Powdered sugar: 150 g
  • Semi-salted butter: 150 g
  • Powdered almonds: 100 g
  • Flour: 40 g
  • Eggs: 3 pieces
  • Spiced Rum 5 - 5 Distilled : 2 cl
  • Spiced Rum 5 - 5 Distilled : 4 cl
  • Icing sugar: 180 g


Watch - possibility

Nantes cake maker
  • Put the butter to warm up.
  • Whisk the soft butter with the sugar.
  • Add the powdered almonds.
  • Stir in the beaten eggs.
  • Add the sifted flour, without over-mixing.
  • Add the rum.

The day of the meal

For firing
  • Butter a 3 cm diameter silicone cake tin.
  • Pour in the mixture.
  • Bake the cake at 180 °C for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the colour.
  • As soon as the cakes come out of the oven, brush them with 2 cl of rum.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Turn out of the moulds, turning them over gently.
  • Mix the remaining rum with the icing sugar.
  • Spread on top of the mignardises.
  • Serve during the day.


Benoît Chaigneau, DISTILOIRE - liquorist and cellar master

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