Gateau Chocolat is a name given to a huge variety of chocolate cakes in Japanese patisseries (I've even seen the name applied to chocolate-flavored bread filled with chocolate-flavored cream, at Mont-Tabor bakery in Azabu Juban). This particular Gateau Chocolat is a dense, rich, brownie-like cake, crisp and crumbly at the edges but moister toward the pointed center. It contains bits of orange rind and chopped chocolate, and toward the bottom it's flecked with patches of a lighter-colored dough that has a slighty nutty, slightly molasses-y flavor similar to chocolate chip cookie dough (the website calls it "crumble," whatever that means). Though it's not a particularly springlike cake, and the citrus notes actually give it more of a wintery feel, there are certainly plenty of days in early spring when it feels like winter. And isn't chocolate always in season?