Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Chocolate Armagnac Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie

slice of chocolate cake

Chocolate Armagnac Cake, chosen by LyB of And then I do the dishes as this week's TWD recipe, has one of the more amusing backstories in Dorie's repertoire. It's the cake that got Dorie fired! As the story goes, she once substituted prunes and Armagnac for raisins and Scotch in this cake, and was subsequently booted from her restaurant job.

[chocolate armagnac cake recipe]

whole cake

Though it sounded a bit weird to me to have prunes in a chocolate cake, they did give the cake a lot of moisture and sweetness. I thought they were a nice addition (even though I forgot to cut them up, so I ended up with whole prune chunks).

flaming prunes on the stove

I had a lot of fun flaming the prunes! ;) I used Scotch whisky instead of the called-for Armagnac, since I couldn't think of any other foreseeable use for the Armagnac. I ended up not being able to taste the flavor of the Scotch too much in the end product, although the kitchen smelled Scotch-tastic for most of the baking process.

prunes and empty Scotch bottle

I also used almond flour instead of the ground pecans, because, well, I am lazy and I already keep almond flour in the freezer.

adding dry ingredients to batter

Beaten egg whites gave some structure to the cake.

folding in egg whites

Baking and glazing the cake:

batter in panfully baked cake
peeling off the parchmentputting on the glaze

The glaze was a mix of melted chocolate, powdered sugar and butter, AKA deliciousness.

glazed cake on stand

Here are the recipe ingredients and nutrition facts! Be afraid, be very afraid.

45 g finely ground pecans or walnuts (2/3 c) (I used almonds)
31 g all-purpose flour (1/4 c)
1/4 t salt
12 moist, plump prunes, pitted and cut into bits
1/4 c plus 3 T water
1/4 c Armagnac (I used Scotch)
200g bittersweet chocolate (7 oz), coarsely chopped
113 g unsalted butter (1 stick, 1/2 c)
3 large eggs, separated
133 g sugar (2/3 c)

85 g bittersweet chocolate (3 oz), coarsely chopped
3 T powdered sugar
42 g unsalted butter (3 T)

[recipe instructions on LyB's blog]

Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/8th of recipe
[click to show or hide]

I finally got wise and calculated the nutrition facts BEFORE eating this cake;) It didn't stop me from eating it, though. Sigh.

Many thanks to LyB for this week's pick! Head over to her blog for the full recipe, and look at the TWD blogroll to check out the plethora of cakes.

cake slices with full cake in background


natalia said...

ciao ! i loved the cake too ! I was telling a friend that after we finish with Dorie we'll have to start going through a diet book !(or a gym ?)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A really beauty! I love it's moist and fudgy center...



Sihan said...

oh gosh.. *phew*.. thank god I only had a little slice of that cake. Gorgeous lucious textures though. and i must say, your photos are soo beautiful!

Finla said...

I am a real choc addict and this cakes looks so yummy delicious, that i really wish i had atleast 2 big slices.

vibi said...

Are you sure it was wise calculating nutrition and CALORIES!!!? Really? Well when you do come to my house... you are forbidden to do so! LOL

As usual, Kim... the pictures are wonderful, the cake is mouthwatering and colors and textures totaly out of this world! bravo.

Pamela said...

Beautiful! This cake was delicious, and I skipped right over the nutritional stats today! I don't want to know, right? ;o) Great pictures, as always Kim!

Anonymous said...

600 calories?!?!?!?!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA???? Good thing I didn't eat anymore of this cake! Love that you flambeed the prunes with Dewars. For that, my father would have loved this cake! hahah! It is gorgeous, your frosting is perfection!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, look at those calories!!! Wow. Luckily you can really only eat a tiny bit at a time, it's so rich and adult tasting.

Jules Someone said...

I couldn't make myself click to find out the nutrition information. Gorgeous cake!

Natalie said...

lovely little slices! i'm having second thoughts about eating mine now.. i'll have to pawn the calories off to my husband. :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

ohh...so pretty! i won't even look at the calories, thanks. :)

Isabelle Lambert said...

tes photos sont fantastiques ! au diable les calories..quand on aime on ne compte pas ! lol !

Tammy said...

how on earth did you get that perfect swirl on the top of the cake!! that looks just gorgeous!

Melissa said...

I used scotch whiskey also and thought it turned out really good. Glad you liked it!

Anonymous said...

your cake looks beautiful, love that chocolate swirl on top.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...


doughmesstic said...

Loving the swirl! I really enjoy your great posts and fantastic photos.

farah said...

As always, your photos are amazing and the cake looks fantastic! Love the swirl on the icing :)

CB said...

Gorgeous pictures as always. This might be the one (and only) time that I am happy to read your (evil) nutritional stats b/c it make me feel less slack about not making it. HAHA.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Unknown said...

Your photos are spectacular! I wish I could take pictures like that! After seeing the nutrition facts, I'm glad this wasn't my favorite recipe :)

The Food Librarian said...

Just beautiful!!! The glaze looks so very yummy too.

Fitness Foodie said...

Gorgeous looking cake!

Jacque said...

Ooh, nice picture documentary of the whole process. I couldn't get a nice shot of the flaming prunes... my camera just would not capture the flame.

Anyway, yours cake looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

It looks marvelous and any kitchen described in any way as scotchtastic is somewhere I've got to be.

Di said...

Amazing flame picture! I'm thinking of using Scotch in mine, too, since I already have it on hand.

AmyRuth said...

Good Gravy! Your cake with its glaze looks so beautiful! The slice is perfection. I loved it and darn it....just went to the gym after I had some. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.....eat chocolate! :+) Its on my hit list for sure.
Great job.

Piggy said...

Great pictures and I love your little napkins too! ;-)

Shari said...

Those calories are so worth it in this cake! I love the swirl on top of yours!

TeaLady said...

That fudgey cake looks moist and delicious. Great pics.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, moist and delicious! Yummy job :).

Anonymous said...

Would you pass one of those little slices to me please? Please?? This chocolate cake will be my favorite. And prunes are great idea for it.

Irene said...

This is a gorgeous cake. I was not tempted to make this cake at all until I saw your photos. I'm even thinking of... gulp... prunes.

Kayte said...

All the photos are lovely, as is the cake. My favorite, is the swirling on the top of the cake...such a simple thing and such an elegant touch! Great job.

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