I sometimes sit down and read Baking: From My Home to Yours like a regular book. I love flipping through the pages and looking at the beautiful pictures, of course, but I also love reading Dorie’s stories. She usually tells about the background of the recipe and experiences she has had while making or serving it. This recipe caught my attention for the great story behind it. Dorie was tired of making the same desserts day after day, so she decided to make some changes to the usual menu by creating this cake. This did not go over well at all with her boss, and so this became known as the cake that got Dorie fired! It looks like she didn’t suffer much from the experience though 🙂
I was pretty excited when this was chosen. I actually thought it would get chosen early on. This is a fairly simple cake with just one layer baked in a springform pan and covered with a chocolate glaze. The recipe calls for prunes, and I don’t care for prunes and didn’t want them in my cake, so I skipped them. We don’t have armagnac or anything similar in the house, but we did have rum, so I decided to throw in a splash of rum to still get the liquor flavor. I also made it gluten free by subbing extra finely ground walnuts for the extra flour. The result was a very rich, dense, chocolaty cake that I really enjoyed. It’s the perfect cake for a chocolate lover! Thanks to Lyb of And Then I Do the Dishes for choosing this! You can visit her blog for the recipe, and look at the Tuesdays with Dorie blog to see everyone else’s cakes!