Monday, March 2, 2009

TWD: Chocolate Armagnac Cake...the one that got Dorie fired!


Well...if I had to go...I would want it to be over a delicious cake more than any other reason..

Thanks to LyB from And then I do the dishes for choosing this weeks beautiful baked good for TWD! Let me say, after last weeks Caramel Crunch Bars I didn't really want to make another yummy, chocolatey, dessert that I would most likely end up eating myself. I was going to skip it but at the last minute we decided to have some friends over for a BBQ Saturday night. Perfect opportunity to make a cake!

I didn't have pecans, prunes or Armagnac in the house so substituted almonds, raisins and Scotch. It seemed to work out fine. I followed Dorie's instructions for subbing the raisins and Scotch and let them steep in a jar for about 4 hours. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them as the playing around bit is a little vague. I dumped them into a saucepan with the extra water...boiled them, then tried to flame them. Nothing doing. I ended up just dumping the mixture into the batter.

I baked my cake for exactly minutes. My knife was a little bit streaky...so I pulled it and let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan. After releasing the sides and turning the cake over to pull off the paper...I put a cooling rack on the bottom to turn it back over and smooshed half the cake into oblivion! Since the cake was still warm, I just kind of molded it back together like play-doh and hoped that the glaze would cover...and it did. I spread my glaze with a spatula and did not have to wait for it to become spreadable.

After dinner I served wedges with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...though now that I think about it, I should have served a big 'ol glass of milk too! This cake was moist, chocolatey and not too boozy...or maybe we didn't taste the booze because we had already drunk too much wine! Who knows...My husband had seconds (with a glass of milk). This from someone who claims to not eat desserts!!

I had a piece for breakfast this morning...straight out of the fridge with my am coffee...wow, I think I like it better cold and fudgey. I have to get the rest of this cake out of the house now!

Head on over here to see what the others baked up.... now I gotta get off this computer!

10 comments:

Teanna said...

This cake was very good cold! Love that you were able to put it back together again - and that it looked gorgeous, to boot!

mike said...

LOOKS great!!! Loved your substitutions - I'm going to try the whiskey / raisin combo next. It looks nice and dense - like it should (in my opinion). Glad you enjoyed making it - nicely done!

Jin Hooi said...

I used raisin too, but i didn't cook the raisin , basically just dump the mixture into the dough. we loved the cake !!! Your cake looks great !!

pinkstripes said...

Vanilla ice cream sounds delicious with this cake. Your cake looks gorgeous.

Barbara said...

Glad the cake was a hit! My hubby had the idea of warming up the leftover cake with about 10 seconds in the microwave -- delicious!

Tracey said...

Your cake looks wonderful. Isn't cake for breakfast the best? :)

Jules Someone said...

I agree the playing around side was a bit vague. I skipped the water, just soaked the raisins in the booze and flamed it. Glad you liked the cake!

Jill said...

Your cake looks great! I used raisins too, and just dumped them in without trying to flame them.

Linda said...

Nice recovery --- you did a fantastic job!

TeaLady said...

Looks very fudgey. Good job on this one.