Tuesday, March 3, 2009

TWD: Chocolate Armagnac Cake

AKA The Cake That Got Dorie Fired.

But, it's not because of what you'd think... she didn't get fired cause the cake sucked... she got fired for insubordination. I like that. I was psyched when this recipe was finally picked by Lyb of And Then I Do the Dishes for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie. I'd seen the pictures of the cake in the recipe and it looked so rich and delicious... I was dying to try it.

This is a rich chocolate cake with a couple of surprise guests thrown in... 1. Booze (well, I guess that doesn't really count as a surprise, since it's actually in the name of the recipe). 2. Prunes.

So, there... prunes and booze... it's like a wednesday night at bingo (well, at least the fun bingo).

I bought some prunes used Amaretto (in place of whatever the hell Armagnac is) and got to work.

There were lots of steps and lots of bowls... but I found it soothingly un-complicated to put together. Just the way I like my baking. I did have some issues on when to pull it from the oven... pulled it too soon and had to pop it back in for a bit. And even though I was afraid that I had overcooked it through all that, the cake turned out awesome!

Super moist (from the prunes, I'm sure) and with a twang from the Amaretto... not enough to be able to pinpoint it, but enough to make you say hmmm.. what is that? I like it!

I would make this again... Check out Lyb's blog for the recipe.