Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Celestial Confections: Chocolate Armagnac Cake

Yay!  Its my turn again for Tuesdays with Dorie!  This weeks choice was picked by Lyb at And Then I do the Dishes.   I was a little surprised by the use of 12 moist plump prunes in this decadent chocolate cake.  I made a few subs.  I used grapejuice and brandy extract instead of the Armagnac.  I could totally taste the prunes in this.  However, I gave some to my neighbors and they had no idea it had prunes in it. (I think I just knew it was there and couldn't get over it.) The prunes didn't stop me from eating it.  It was super-yummy.  

Just for kicks, I conducted a "round 2" and I made a few other subs.  I used prune baby food (so I wouldn't have bits of prune) and brandy extract, but also added orange marmalade and added some fresh orange zest to the glaze.  I preferred round 2 just because I love all things chocolate orange.  They were both great though!

This picture was so hard on Jesse.  He was waiting with his fork in hand while I took pictures and he kept asking if I was done yet so he could dig in.

6 comments:

Tracey said...

Glad you enjoyed both variations of the cake!

April said...

I wish I could have some....looks so good.

Whitney said...

Love the variation ideas Sarah. The baby food prunes is a brilliant idea. I made this back in September for Nancy's birthday and it was a huge hit then.

AmyRuth said...

So glad you loved it. I did too.
AmyRuth

TeaLady said...

Great variations. Cake looks yummy! Moist! Delicious!

Barbara said...

Love the orange flavor variation!