Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Chocolate Armagnac Cake, selected by Lyb of And then I do the dishes. The recipe comes with a story about Dorie working at a restaurant, and adjusting a cake by substituting a few ingredients. I decided to make the original cake (with raisins and scotch) because I already had all the ingredients on hand. I can understand how Dorie could get bored making the same cake every day, but by no means does that make the original cake any less delicious.

The cake includes pecans in the batter, and mixes in raisins that have been soaked in whiskey. Many people aren't fans of raisins, I know, but every time I throw them into a chocolate dish, something wonderful always seems to happen. If the people consuming the cake aren't told that there are raisins, they'll tell you that the cake is moist, and that there's something they can't quite put their finger on. Even those that have an aversion to raisins seem to get over it when it's surrounded by decadent chocolate. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

Recipe: Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan, pp. 279 - 281

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Fabulous job!!!!

Amanda said...

Your cake looks gorgeous! I really enjoyed this recipe, but too many dishes LOL

doughmesstic said...

Nice job...and you are right, we weren't bored yet, so why not try the original?

chocolatechic said...

This cake was great.


It seems that I can detect raisins in anything. Just can't stand the things.

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks gorgeous. I want to try the original recipe. I'm glad you liked it.

dorie said...

Funny about how opinionated people are about raisins, isn't it? But you're right about how much moistness they add to a cake.

Madam Chow said...

I went with the prunes,and it came out really well. I agree with you on the whole raisin/chocolate (and now prune) thing - people LOVE it, especially if you don't tell them what the secret is at first!

Teanna said...

I love the combination of chocolate and raisins... prunes, not so much. But Raisins! It's like Raisinettes!

TeaLady said...

Great job. Cake looks yummy!