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What is gateau?

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Gâteau is the French word for cake. It is generally a more delicate and complex confection than an American layer cake, with a génoise base and a cream or buttercream filling. It can be light or rich, rectangular or round, and often has fresh decoration such as fruit or whipped cream that makes it perishable. Gâteau can also be very elaborately decorated with spun sugar and chocolate.
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Where did chocolate gateau originate from?

Chocolate gateau is a French version of  chocolate mousse, usually made as a cake. The French invented the  term and dessert.