Prepare your… Prepare your dough… In a bowl… In a flat bowl… And without further ado, turn on your… Turn on your oven… “. Movie fan or not, everyone has heard this Cake d’Amour recipe hummed by Catherine Deneuve in Peau d’Âne, the cult film directed in 1970 by Jacques Demy, which the original soundtrack by Michel Legrand makes more legendary yet.

Donkey Skin Love Cake: the bewitching cake that will enchant your confinement

So if this song has been caressing the minds of all generations for 50 years now, does the cake prepared by Catherine Deneuve in the film flatter the palate? We cannot fundamentally assure it. For the simple reason that Peau D’Âne considers cooking more poetically than pragmatically ; she invites us in fact to put in a bowl a hand of fine butter, a breath of leaven, a tear of honey, a hint of salt… BUT! Nothing prevents us, by following its recommendations, to properly adjust the doses and to make a captivating cake loaded with love that will surely delight your confinement for a few hours.

Making a love cake: the most « Fairy tale ” to ask for a marriage!

Like Catherine Deneuve in the film, put on her most beautiful dress, an apron and start preparing this lovely Love cake to make her marriage proposal! Because more than a cake, the love cake is a kind of Kinder Surprise: we can indeed have it inside a pretty surprise engagement ring like Catherine Deneuve does in the movie for the prince. The surprise will be total and legendary for both of you!
A cake to be enjoyed alone and if your other half has a good fork, we tell them to take their time, it would be silly to end up at the dentist after such a wonderful time.

Here’s how to make the Love Cake from the Donkey Skin!


  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Rest time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 6 people


  • 300 g flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 1 sachet of dry baker’s yeast
  • 12 cl of lukewarm milk
  • 175 g of very soft semi-salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of orange blossom
  • icing sugar (optional)


  • Dissolve the yeast in the slightly warm milk and let stand for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 40 ° C.

  • In a bowl, mix the flour and sugar, then add the eggs one by one as well as the dissolved yeast.

  • Knead vigorously for 10 minutes.

  • When the dough becomes homogeneous, add the soft butter detailed in small pieces and knead again for 5 minutes.

  • Finally add the honey and the orange blossom water and mix well again.

  • Butter and flour a large mold or a kouglof mold and place the dough in it.

  • Place the baking dough in the preheated oven for about 1 hour 45 minutes, then turn the oven up to 170 ° C and cook for about 45 minutes.

  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool.

  • Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!

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