Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Chocolate Armagnac Cake

I'm sorry to report that I didn't participate in this week's Tuesdays With Dorie baking challenge. It's been a hectic weekend! Aside from my usual entertaining, I've been slowly packing and sorting belongings for our move at the end of the month.

However this week's baking challenge was Dorie's Chocolate Armagnac Cake - The Cake That Got [Her] Fired. I was hoping to squeeze in some baking time to make this cake, because how unique it was. Dorie's Chocolate Armagnac Cake is unlike no other chocolate cake recipe I've ever seen. This recipe involves prunes soaked and flambeed in Armagnac, a specific type of Cognac, which is then stirred into the chocolate cake batter. It's an intriguing recipe that I hope to try sometime in the future.

As for how this specific cake got her fired, Dorie took a creative and bold move while in her first real professional kitchen job. She was responsible for making a chocolate cake using whisky and raisins. When Dorie got bored with the recipe, she switched up the cake by using Armagnac and prunes... without informing anyone. As a result, she was fired for this change to the cake. I find it a blessing in disguise for her because Dorie has talent and deserved to be in a position that showcased and appreciated that!

Please be sure to check out fellow Tuesdays With Dorie Bakers for how their Chocolate Armagnac Cake turned out. For recipe, check out Lyb's blog - And then I do the dishes. I will be back with next week's baking challenge with Lemon Cup Custard!