Gâteau au Chocolate
This exceedingly moist and rich (but so simple!) cake is all about chocolate and butter; if you can swing it, choose top-quality brands.
Sweet Whipped Cream
For perfect sweet whipped cream, follow a Rule of One: Combine 1 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. With an electric or stand mixer, whip on medium speed to soft peaks. Cover and chill.