https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle

gâteau vs. tarte?

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In the lessons, I was asked to translate "the cake" into French. I translated it as "la tarte", but that was wrong. The correct solution was "le gâteau". Is there a difference in meaning between the words "gâteau" and "tarte"? Thanks.

August 17, 2012

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/zebraman213

One means tart (tarte), the other literally means cake (le gâteau) so in this instance, gâteau is the more correct choice. A tart is different from a cake.

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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a tart is basically made with a dough basis plus fruits or other ingredients on the top (ex: plump tart or a leek tart - a pizza is a kind of tart), while a cake is a mixture of various ingredients (ex: sponge cake or black forest cake).

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Here two wikipedia links that may help to clarify the distinction. For me - being a non-baker German - the distinction seems a bit arbitrary, but as far as cakes are concerned, my expertise lies more on the eating than on the baking side ;-) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarte http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A2teau

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/markmcintyre

I've always understood tarte to mean pie, and gâteau to mean cake.

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
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Thanks!

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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Oh la la ! Wataya, that Wiki page is so appétissante ! by the way, French pâtisserie is a world by itself and the vocabulary extremely extensive. Katherle, I suggest you go to France and taste them all so feel the difference by yourself...

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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@Sitesurf: yes! I acknowledge the French expertise in anything related to cooking, eating and drinking - sans l'ombre d'un doute ;-) BTW: The following list of cooking-related idiomatic expressions in French may be of some interest. Makes my mouth water... http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_d%27idiotismes_gastronomiques_fran%C3%A7ais

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt
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Even if one is the non baking kind, here is a link to the recipe of French apple pie: http://www.tarte-aux-pommes.com/. Maybe you can convince somebody to bake you one?

August 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Platypus

I always took it that "tarte" refers to a pie, and "gâteau" is a cake.

August 18, 2012
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