{TWD}Chocolate Armagnac Cake with Chocolate Truffle Prune-Armagnac Ice Cream

Say that 10 times fast!


This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was the cake that got Dorie Greenspan fired from  her first professional pastry job. Not because it tastes awful–it doesn’t, it’s completely awesome–, but because it was not what the owner and customers were used to. Some people just can’t handle change well.

The original recipe used whiskey and raisins. Dorie’s recipe uses armagnac and prunes. Yes, prunes. I actually love prunes. I think they are mighty tasty, so I had no problem using them for the cake. Armagnac is similar to cognac, but from a specific region in France (Armagnac, actually) and distilled using a slightly different method.

The cake was relatively easy to make. I love setting things on fire {not in the psycho-way, of course}, so flambé-ing   the prunes with armagnac was fun. I used Valrhona Guanaja 70% for the cake. It took a little longer for the cake to bake, probably close to 40 minutes.

Once the cake was baked and cooled, I topped with a glaze made of chocolate, butter, and confectioner’s sugar. I decided to serve the cake with ice cream, of course. For those of you who know, you know I love all sorts of ice cream and am always looking for/making new flavors. Which is weird, because as a child I would only eat plain vanilla. I was a boring eater when young and I’m so glad I’m adventurous now.


Flipping through David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, looking for an ice cream recipe that uses prunes–I happened upon Prune-Armagnac Ice Cream. So, of course, I had to make it. David’s Perfect Pairing suggestion was Dark Chocolate Truffles, so I made those too and folded them into the just churned ice cream. Because of the alcohol content of the ice cream–you don’t flambé the prunes*–the ice cream stays on the softer side.

*While you don’t flambé the prunes, I did accidently set them on fire. The recipe says heat the prunes and aramagnac until it just starts to bubble. Well, the liquid just started to bubble and I took the pan off the burner and turned it off. Then I thought, maybe I should let bubble a little more and went to place the pan back on the stove. At the same time I was lighting the burner and the flame must have got a whiff of the alcohol and caught fire. No biggie, I just placed the lid on the pan and flames went right out.

The ice cream tastes super-boozy and it is not one you would take a big spoon and eat a whole pint in one sitting while watching TV. Not that I do that, ever. 😛 I’m glad I added the dark chocolate truffles to temper the taste.You can find the recipe for the ice cream here.

The cake was a success. Because it is so rich and adult-tasting it can actually serve a lot of people. My husband and I had some–P said he liked it until I told him there were prunes in it and then he suddenly didn’t like it. I don’t know how that works. I took some to my parent’s house. They had a couple of out-of-town visitors. All four of them liked it. One actually moaned. And then, I took the rest to work. All from one little 8-inch cake.

Thank you to Lyb of And then I do the dishes {and there were a lot of dishes to do with this recipe!} for selecting the Chocolate Armagnac Cake as this week’s choice as we bake our way through Baking…From My Home to Yours. Please visit her blog for the recipe or buy the book.



62 thoughts on “{TWD}Chocolate Armagnac Cake with Chocolate Truffle Prune-Armagnac Ice Cream

  1. Hahahah I think that’s hysterical that P liked it, but when they found out there were prunes in it, they changed their mind! I was thinking of making that prune and armagnac ice cream, but I ran out of cognac! So glad you liked it!

  2. That’s funny about your husband LOL! I agree it’s a grown up cake, my daughter and I were the only ones who would eat it, though I thought it was great.

  3. Way to go with the two-for-one prune armagnac dessert. I bet you never would have believed it if someone had told you, a year ago, that this is where you’d be in your cooking odyssey. Eclectic, but so delicious!

  4. Woah! Somebody hold me back!!!
    You went all out on this one… Armagnac truffle prune ice cream!? What magic hat did that come out if??? LOL

    Absolutely decadent, Pinkstripe! WOW… I’m floored!

  5. I love it…. “Super Boozy” Thats hysterical and the combo with the ice cream, yummy! I had the same reaction to the prunes. I can see how the cake went so far due to the richness. It looks delicious

  6. Wow, that is some fabulous looking ice cream. I am jealous! I have that cookbook, why didn’t I think to make ice cream?

    My cake went pretty far, too; we had some at home and then I took some to co-workers, as did my husband.

  7. I was so excited that you made the ice cream and it looks fantastic. For some reason, even though I don’t like dried fruit very much, I think that I’d like that ice cream. It’s sounds so boozey and yummy!

  8. I loved the cake because you couldnt really taste the prunes – your ice cream looks delicious – I love the idea of folding the truffles through!!

  9. Now THAT’S going the extra mile! What a perfect ice cream to go with the cake. David and Dorie had to of collaborated on that! 😉
    GREAT looking cake!

  10. sounds like the cake was orgasmic 😉 you shouldn’t have told your hubby what was in it!! always a mistake 😉

    so impressed you made the ice cream to go w/this too 🙂

  11. He suddenly didn’t like it? Men! I actually made that ice cream last year, and I didn’t care for it at all. Way too boozy for me, but I really loved this cake!

  12. Yea, a little goes a long way with this cake. Glad you got a little mileage out of it… lots of brownie points that way 🙂

    The ice cream sounds so interesting!

  13. wendy, this is a swoon-worthy collection of chocolate and prunes and booze! you’ve convinced me to get over my fear of this much maligned fruit, and reminded me that i really want to buy the lebovitz book. my ice cream machine has been silent too long!

  14. Yea! Someone else willing to sing the praises of prunes. I think they beat raisins hands down. The ice cream sound and looks really good. What a perfect match for the cake!

  15. Pinkstripes, what an amazing trilogy. Were there prunes in the truffles too? Definitely worthy of a magazine cover. I hope dorie gets to see your art.
    Your parents really scored! I loved this dessert. So far it is among my favorites right along with the WP cookies. Chocolate, hmmm see a pattern? Great work!

  16. The cake and the ice cream look totally divine. Man, I would really love a scoop of this ice cream right now–I have a sore throat and I’m pretty sure the cold and the booze would do me some good. Of course, I’m not turning down a slice of your yummy looking cake either 🙂

  17. Gorgeous looking cake and ice cream…so amazing that you came up with the perfect scoop to accompany your cake! Photos are amazing over here…love that plate, too. Such fun…thanks for sharing!

  18. I still have prunes, I still have (a lot of) Armagnac, I have a stash of chocolate I could use to make truffles; that ice cream has my name written all over it! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the cake. Thanks for baking along with me!

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