Chocolate Armagnac Cake-Tuesdays with Dorie

Lyb’s pick this week was a luscious chocolate armagnac cake with quite a story behind it. Working in a famous restaurant kitchen in New York making the same dessert, a chocolate whiskey-soaked raisin cake, day in and day out became a real bore for Dorie. Her creativity was stifled and I, well, know the feeling. It’s hard to completely follow some recipes-either you are out of a minor ingredient or you don’t like a certain ingredient or you just can’t help messing around with the recipe. But by substituting prunes for the raisins,Armagnac for the whiskey and ground pecans for almonds got Dorie fired for “creative insubordination” even though the diners loved the new cake. The dried prunes were soaked in brandy and when flambeed had a rich, heady aroma. This is not an everyday cake and is best served as a celebration dessert as it is very rich. Mind went in the freezer to be served when some of my family comes to visit. Go over to TWD and see some lovely variations of Dorie’s Armagnac Cake.



  1. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen
    March 3, 2009 / 8:01 pm

    Wow, what a pretty picture! That looks like a delicious cake!

  2. Teanna
    March 3, 2009 / 8:59 pm

    Your presentation is absolutely stunning! I love the icing!!! So beautiful!

  3. Jin Hooi
    March 4, 2009 / 5:35 am

    great pics !!! well done !!!

  4. Isabelle
    March 4, 2009 / 12:18 pm

    fantastique comme d’habitude Lynne :)Je voulais te signaler que tu dois avoir un problème avec le flux rss de ton blog….tes billets ne sont plus publiés dans ma blogline, ni sur le fil rss de mon blog ( ça me dit que tu n’as rien publié depuis 2 mois )et sur mon blog, malgré le fait que j’ai bien rentrer ton adresse…ça me dit :Cafe LynnyluWelcome to FeedBurner ????

  5. TeaLady
    March 5, 2009 / 8:56 pm

    Cake looks beautiful. So fudgey and moist. Perfect.

  6. Linda
    March 6, 2009 / 3:10 pm

    Wow, your cake looks absolutely perfect — beautiful and delicious looking!

  7. Barbara
    March 9, 2009 / 3:36 am

    Lovely! I like how you swirled the frosting.We have some slices in the freezer, too. I find these dense chocolate tortes generally freeze wonderfully!I had the same problem with your feed as Isabelle, but then I updated to your new feedburner feed and all is well.

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