Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A fantastic chocolate and prune cake

I really like prunes. For some reason, people often find this funny and start sniggering. I'm not sure why, as for me (really nice) prunes are super-juicy, succulent, and full of sweetness. They are also fab paired with chocolate in puddings and cakes. So when I had a bag of prunes that had been hanging around in my cupboard for a while, and some friends coming over for lunch, I sought out a chocolate and prune cake recipe.

Luckily one of the first I found was this one by cook and food writer David Lebovitz, which was fantastic. It produced an ultra-moist but mega-rich chocolate cake, which had a dense, almost mousse-y texture. The recipe also contained the great idea of soaking the prunes in black tea rather than booze for non-alcohol drinkers. I served the cake with a scoop of creme fraiche, and it disappeared quite rapidly (thus my lone slice picture above). I would make this cake again at the drop of a hat, but probably won't for a while due to the risk of me eating it all myself.


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grimblefish said...

This cake was yum. The reason people laugh at your prune predilection though is because they are old lady food... and they make you poop.

Shaheen said...

I've not had prunes in a cake a while, sounds lovely - may hav to try it soon.

TheFastestIndian said...

Grimblefish- they are not old lady food, and I have not had any pooping issues. Prunes rule!

TheFastestIndian said...

Hi Shaheen, this was lovely. More like an indulgent pudding really! That David Lebovitz obviously knows what he's talking about!