Petit Gâteau (in French, small cake; plural: Petits Gâteaux) is a dessert composed of a small chocolate cake with crunchy rind and mellow filling that is served hot with vanillaice cream on a plate. In French, the terms for the chocolate cake are : "Gâteau fondant au chocolat", "fondant au chocolat" or "moelleux au chocolat" ("chocolate chewy" or "chocolate melty").
The dessert has been popularized in New York City restaurants since the 1990s. Nowadays, variations of the cake/ice cream flavors have come to include fruits and even alcoholic beverages, such as whisky.
This dessert has also been known to be made using crêpes, in which case it is multiple crepes stacked on one another separated by some kind of filling such as warm jam or berries.