Tuesday, March 3, 2009

TWD: Chocolate Armagnac Cake


Oh my gosh, I darn near forgot to post my Tuesday's with Dorie recipe for this week. Lyb of and then I do the dishes chose Chocolate Armagnac Cake - The Cake That Got Me Fired.

This is going to be a quick post. You see, I should be working on my entry for my cake club's cake show this weekend. (If you're interested, you can read about our club on the web site ---> here.) I am so out of practice with cake decorating. I think I decorated two whole cakes last year. Whereas I was happy about my show cake from last year, I am most definitely not happy about this year's. I still don't even have a clear idea of the design. Not good!!

But anyway, you came here to talk about chocolate cake, not to hear me whining! Here's my cake along with one of the gumpaste flowers I'll be using on my cake show entry.


I thought this cake was OK. I guess I prefer "regular" chocolate cake, or brownies. I used brandy but really wasn't able to detect it in the finished cake. Lots of folks were leery about the prunes in the cake. They didn't bother me, I thought they were a nice little textural surprise and I really couldn't detect a "pruney" taste.

I did like the dark and shiny glaze. I will definitely use that recipe again.

I thought the lumpy bumpy little cake was cute before I leveled the top and covered it with glaze. (I halved the recipe and baked in a 6-inch pan.)



There's something magical about the mixing of eggs and sugar with chocolate...



OK, that's it! Now I must get back in the kitchen and figure out what I'm doing with this blasted show cake. I'm crossing my fingers hoping for some divine inspiration between now and Friday.

37 comments:

Megan said...

That flower is simply spectacular. I can only dream of making something like that!

I can't wait to see what you come up with for the show!

Natashya said...

Looks great! I love the shot with the lily.

Rebecca said...

It's hard to feel sorry for you when you can pull off a flower like that. ;)

Good luck with the show!

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks gorgeous.Good luck with your show cake!

Elyse said...

Good luck with your cake decorating! This cake looks particularly delicious. And you're right: there is something magical about mixing chocolate, butter, eggs, etc.!

mike said...

Looks fantastic - especially your glaze! Glad you enjoyed making it - and eating it! Nicely done!

Snooky doodle said...

this cake looks delicious! I m sure you ll make a wonderful cake, i can't beleive that flower is made from gum paste, its awesome :)

Marthe said...

Like you I couldn't detect the prunes or the alcohol, I liked it!!!

Good luck on the show cake!!

Jin Hooi said...

Your cake looks great !! well done !!

farah said...

This looks great! I didn't take part this week but i'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Cakelaw said...

Your cake looks amazing, even though it is not your preferred chocolate cake. Fab job!

Matt's Kitchen said...

Good luck with your show. If your creation looks anything near to the perfection of that flower, you'll be fine! (I thought the flower was real!)

chocolatechic said...

Looks wonderful.

Good luck on your cake.`

Jessica said...

Good luck at the cake show! I've seen all of the gorgeous things that you post on your blog so I can't imagine that you won't create something perfect for your show.
Great job on the chocolate cake. I think that it looks very pretty.

Maria said...

I love the first photo! I wish that was me with the fork:)

Bunny said...

That's not a real FLOWER??!!! WOW!!! It's beautiful!! I wouldn't even know where to start to make something like that! I checked that link out, you're cake club members make some very pretty cakes! WAY out of my league LOL!! By the looks of your flower your cake is gonna be a winner!! I hope you share pictures with us!!

doughmesstic said...

Okay, the cake loks great but the FLOWER? Hot damn.

SiHaN said...

all the best with your showcase!

fyi, the cakes looks wonderful!

vibi said...

Beautiful, Amanda!

I love the picture with the lilly... so clean, crisp and clear! WOW!

vibi said...

Oops! I'm sorry for calling you Amanda... LOL Jacque is just not what I ever expect to call ...hummm... a woman? Nice, just not predictable, I guess...

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your flower is just stunning! I too loved the glaze (even more than the cake!) Good luck with your cake show this weekend!

Peggy said...

It looks absolutely beautiful and delicious. I loved this cake.

Tammy said...

wow, that flower is amazing! I would have had no idea that it isnt real. You are so clever. your TWD cake looks good, but I am looking forward to seeing your cake club creation!

Pamela said...

My gosh, that flower is AMAZING! I can't wait to see what you do for the show. I liked this weeks cake, the prunes sort of melted into it and I liked it all! Good luck with everything!

PheMom said...

I'm with you and prefer 'regular' chocolate cake/brownies - yours is beautiful. As always!

margot said...

That flower is beatiful, I can't believe you made it. You cake looks good too.

Grace said...

i love the perks of baking, namely licking the bowl after making a ganache like that. :)

Teanna said...

Gorgeous shot with the flower! Absolutely beautiful! Good luck with the show!!!

Carol Peterman said...

I hope cake inspiration has hit! Your sugar flower is spectacular and I am looking forward to seeing what you create. Good luck!

The Food Librarian said...

This cake looks lovely next to the flower. Good luck with your cake!! Can't wait to see it!

Linda said...

You cake looks so delicious, but wowza, that gumpaste flower looks amazing. Can't wait to see what your final cake will look like!

TeaLady said...

Well, it looks wonderful.

TeaLady said...

Oh, and good luck with the show. You will put your cake on display for us, right.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Good luck with your show cake! I love that gumpaste flower and your bumpy cake. I never slice it off to even it out, but I should!

AmyRuth said...

Like riding a bicycle....you'll be amazing! I always love reading your blog. BTW your cake is beautiful and glistening. don't you love that? I did like the richness of this cake.
AmyRuth

Cathy said...

Sorry you didn't love the chocolate cake -- it sure looks great, though! I adore your picture with the lily. Best of luck with your show cake -- I look forward to seeing it!

alexandra said...

thanks for your honesty.

The glaze does look really nice and delicious. I'll bookmark that for sure!