Tuesday, 3 March 2009

TWD: Chocolate Rum Cake


Lyb of And Then I Do The Dishes had chosen chocolate Armagnac cake for TWD this week. Even though I'm not a great fan of chocolake cake, but I felt that I have to give the recipe a try, because this is a also a recipe that got Dorie fired (read the rest of the story from her book)! Thanks to my sister in law who had to carry a cake pan and a mixer, and walked a few blocks to my place, I managed to bake the cake yesterday with her help.

I used rum instead of Armagnac and I also chose to soak the chopped prunes in rum overnight instead of flaming it. Using a mixture of unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate for both the batter and the glaze turned out to be a great idea too, because the sweetness of the cake was just right!

The texture of the cake resembles brownie - very dense and fudgy. The boozy prunes also adds an interesting flavour to the cake. In my opinion, this cake tastes much better than brownie. It's a pity that I couldn't really taste the pecans and so I thought, if I were to bake the cake again, I'd definitely go for cheaper alternatives like ground almond which I'm sure would work just fine.

Head over to Lyb's blog for recipe and don't forget to check out her version of chocolate armagnac cake!

19 Comments:

SiHaN said...

that looks gorgeous with the pecans lining the edges!

strangely, mine turned our light and moussey and not fudgey dense like yours..But it was still all good!

Karen said...

That is so pretty with the pecans on the edges! :) I thought it tasted better than brownies as well!

vibi said...

Ahhhh... it's nice to see you again! ...been a while and I notice when you're not around!

And all the more pleasant to see you're back with this wonderful super chocolaty cake! I'm glad a not-such-chocolate-lover as you liked it eventhough!

I hope everything is fine with you...

chocolatechic said...

Love your presentation.

Loved this cake.

kim said...

i used almonds in mine... good to know it didn't make too much of a difference flavor-wise :) your cake is so beautiful!

Sara said...

Looks fantastic!

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks gorgeous. I like the way you decorated it with the pecans. Now that you mention it, I couldn't taste the pecans either, hmm.

Isabelle said...

parfumé au rhum, cela devait être délicieux ! très beau gâteau et très belle photo :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

so pretty, as always. i agree that the pecans didn't stand out here at all...almond flour would be a fine sub.

Erin said...

This looks great! I used rum too :)

Y said...

I can't believe you're not a fan of chocolate cakes! *gasp*! ;P That rum cake looks so deliciousy moist.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks fantastic! Nice flavor combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Linda said...

Your presentation and photo are so beautiful!!!

Snooky doodle said...

this cake looks delicious , so fudgey and chocolatey. I have to try it. the pecan decorations looks so nice.

small cookie said...

Did I hear better than brownies? Good I am definitely going to grab a packet of prune soon.

Teanna said...

WOW! What a gorgeous lining with the nuts! I love it! And that's so interesting, I couldn't put my finger on what this cake texture reminded me of, but brownies are it! Dense and fudgey!

Tracey said...

What a gorgeous photo! Your cake looks great. I wasn't a huge fan of this cake but I'm glad you liked it :)

TeaLady said...

Looks beautiful.

LyB said...

Your cake looks great, I love the idea of decorating it with pecans. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for baking along with me! :)