The French Cake That’s Cooked on a Spit

Among the Pyrenees Mountains in the south of France, there is a group of people that have been keeping up a sweet tooth habit for centuries.

The brotherhood of the Gâteau à la broche, or cake on a spit, was first brought to France by Napoleon’s soldiers retreating from battle in Russia. As a reminder that losing isn’t always bad, the soldiers carried the recipe with them after their defeat.

Two hundred years later, the French cake tradition keeps on spinning.