Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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TWD: Chocolate Armagnac Cake

Is it really Tuesday again? I feel like these weeks are flying by. I can't believe it's March already! Only 16 more days until we find out where we are going to spend the next 5 years of our lives. Exciting, but very nervous times. So little feels in our control right now. I do, however, have control over one thing and that's making delicious desserts that make the anxiety disappear momentarily. Truth be told, I wouldn't be making delicious desserts weekly if it weren't for Dorie. This week's selection, Chocolate Armagnac Cake, was chosen by Lyb of And Then I Do The Dishes. Great choice Lyb! We loved this cake. I only made a third of the recipe because I didn't want to get reprimanded for baking another dessert, but I realized my mistake in not making more when the cake was gone in less than a day. I omitted the prunes and added whiskey straight into the batter. The whiskey added to the chocolate flavor and made it taste different. Between the pecans and the whisky the cake had an interesting chocolate flavor. It tasted like the bittersweet chocolate but lighter. I asked Alex how he would describe the cake and he said it tasted like a brownie.

Thanks Lyb for a great choice! Don't forget to check out what the other TWDers thought of this week's cake.

Pool of chocolate.
The delicious edges.
Crumbs.
A bite.

22 comments:

Marthe said...

Glad you liked this one, I loved it too!!!

Miette said...

Very gorgeous !

Cheers,

Miette

Jennifer said...

Nice job!!!!

Jessica said...

It looks fantastic. Good call on leaving out the prunes!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks pretty with the cute flute and nice shiny glaze!

vibi said...

Bee-you-tee-full, Stephanie!

I love, love, love the picture in which a piece of the cake is cut out... that hanging ganache has killer looks! WOW!

doughmesstic said...

so pretty! Love the drips.

chocolatechic said...

Brilliant idea to make it in a tart pan

Kimberly Johnson said...

I love it in the tart pan! I'll have to try that next time.

Madam Chow said...

WE loved it, too. I omitted the frosting in an effort to save calories and cholesterol, but I made the whole cake!

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks delicious. I love that you baked it in a tart pan.

Laura P. said...

you had me at "pool of chocolate"

::drool::

Secret Server said...

Very pretty, especially with the fluted edges.

TeaLady said...

If the cake is a wonderful as your pictures I really missed out on this one. Fantastic.

The Food Librarian said...

how cute is this?! I love the tart pan! Let us know where your move will be!

Elyse said...

What a great presentation! Your cake looks absolutely fabulous!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your cake looks rich and delicious! I should have made a third of a recipe because I've been enjoying it way too much!

AmyRuth said...

My compliments to the pastry chef in your house! It looks beautiful. Glad you liked it.
AmyRuth

Tracey said...

Gorgeous! I love that you baked it in a tart pan and left the edges bare.

Stephanie said...

Thanks everyone!

Engineer Baker said...

I'm a sucker for fluted edges :) Beautiful job! (I made a quarter recipe and that was a bad idea too. Ooops!)

LyB said...

Whiskey. Straight into the batter. Oh, yes. :) I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for baking along with me!