Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Chocolate Prune Butter Cake : LTU Butter



I still don't like eating prunes straight from the packet but if prunes are inside a cake, I will happily gobble them up. It's great isn't it to get your daily dose of fiber from a butter cake, right? hee...hee...




I adapted this cake from a previous prune cake because I missed the cake so much and wanted to simplify the recipe. I can't believe I miss prunes and I kept thinking about them. This time, I bought the ones packed in packets (227g) instead of tubs (340g) because I didn't want to store leftover prunes. 









Since I had some oranges in the fridge, it was perfect for me to bake this cake because the prunes had to be marinated in orange juice first. You don't need to do that of course but the prunes will taste better. Besides, adding orange zest to this cake gives it an edge because chocolate and orange makes for a power combination.

So did this delicious and sinful way of consuming fibre have any effect on me? You really don't want to know! hee..hee...











Chocolate Prune Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from Chef Wan Cakes page 26

Ingredients :
- 227g pitted prunes
- Juice of 1 orange 
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- 250g butter
- 270ml plain yogurt
- 250g self-raising flour
- 3 tbsp apricot jam 
- 70g melted chocolate

Method :
1. Steep prunes in orange juice for 3 hours.
2. Grease and line an 8"  round pan.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Fold in flour.
6. Divide batter into 2 portions, one with one-third (for plain batter) and the other with two-thirds of batter (for chocolate batter).
7. Pour the smaller portion of batter into prepared cake tin.
8. Mix together jam, marinated prunes and melted chocolate. After that fold this mixture into the remaining two-third of batter.
9. Pour into cake tin over the first layer.
10. Create a marbled effect in cake using the tip of a knife to swirl batter.
11. Bake in an oven preheated to 160C for 1 hour 15 minutes (or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).
12. Cool the cake in the pan and then unmould.


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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Jozelyn Ng of Spice Up My Kitchen.

38 comments:

  1. awwww... chocolate prune butter cake!! ah, nice, and some combination that sounds rather new to me, interesting.. being a cake lover, all kinds of butter cake ke pound cake ke, i have no problem walloping them at all!! and i always welcome new combinations of flavors, i am rather adventurous and experimental lah, they won't go that bad even if they may sound weird to many people, haha!! looking at your cake, fuyoh, the moist, the richness, the body.. and that prune, i think it has very high nutritional value huh?? i want!!!!! hehe~~ :p

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    1. Hi SK! This cake is a good excuse to eat more because got prunes hee..hee..hee...It is very nice biting into the gooey prunes and it goes well with the chocolate flavour. Next time, I want to add chocolate chips to make it even more chocolaty.

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  2. I can see that the prunes in cakes in yummy but i think the process of marinating the prunes in orange juice definitely increase its flavour!

    May I have one piece for breakfast?

    Thanks for the link up with LTU! Cheers!

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    1. Hi Jozelyn! Orange, prunes and chocolate tastes so good! Please help yourself!

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  3. Hi Phong Hong, one more lovely butter cake from your kitchen. I agree this must be good with orange, cocoa and prunes. Great combination of flavour and taste. Because this is 'sinful', can I bake 1/2 the portion in a loaf pan?, hehehe!

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    1. Hi Kimmy! I think should be no problem to bake half recipe. But don't regret hee..hee....

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  4. Sighhhh!!!! Only a few days left, school holidays will be over and I haven't tried baking a cake yet. :( Sooooo lazy....

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    1. Arthur, there's always the next school holidays!

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  5. Wah, been baking a lot wor.. Yeah, I love butter cakes nomatter what you put inside.. Prunes, raisins, chocolate chips, anything.. Same here, I don’t like to eat prunes or raisins from the packet, but if it’s inside ice cream or cakes, I don’t mind walloping it, haha.. Weirdo hor..

    When Kz was smaller, he was having this very bad constipation.. I bought prunes, steamed and pureed them, fed him one cube a day, still didn’t work. Ended up had to use the enema (the pump).. But using the enema is not a good thing for long term, so we potty train him.. Now, he poos smoothly in the potty, hehe..

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    1. hee..hee..prunes are well know for that! And when my mouth itchy to eat more butter cakes (spoiling my diet), I will come and read your comment on K's poo. Sure no appetite!

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  6. Hi Phong Hong,

    I'm a dried prune eater and I like them with or without any cakes :D With cake like this, I am more than happy to eat double the amount :p

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! Prunes are good for you as it has lots of minerals and fibre! And it's a good excuse to put them in butter cakes :)

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  7. Oh, I actually like eating prunes straight from the container. No problem of ......With butter has been set as the theme for LTU, it's good to see a few good butter recipes here. With so cold weather, I really don't want to move much.

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    1. Hi Jessie! The prunes taste nice in the cakes as it is sourish and complements the sweet cake. I feel like eating again!

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  8. Phong Hong, I can totally stay on your blog and hoping to sample each and every amazing recipes you make. Your chicken dishes...each and every one of them I would eat to 'my heart's content'...seriously!
    Your cakes...oh my, drooling over each and every one, so moist and melt in your mouth heavenly goodness. This heavenly chocolate prune cake would be a winner with my family, for sure!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! You are very generous with your compliments and I wish I could send you a nice big cake!

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  9. Hi Phong Hong,
    My second and youngest love prunes. They can ask for it non stop like asking for candy :p
    But not my eldest, he will only take it if it is in the cake or bread so I always hide it in the bread. He will eat it happily ;D
    Your cake I want 2 pieces please because my kids' mum loves dried prunes even more ..haha
    mui

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    1. Hi mui mui! In that case this cake will be very laku in your house!

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  10. Aiyoh ... very tempting ... but 250g butter >o< plus chocolate some more! Like Kimmy, I may try half the portion if attempt this recipe ^-^.

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    1. Hi Karen! I recommend that you bake the full portion because you will regret if there is not enough to go around!

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  11. Aww, can i come over for a piece of cake? Yours look so delicious and i have not baked any butter cakes for some time :)

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    1. It's time to bake a butter cake! Please help yourself to me "healthy" cake!

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  12. Hi Phong Hong,
    I'm with you too, I love eating prunes in bakes but not straight from the packet! Same-same! :)
    That is a lovely buttery cake, so moist with soft crumbs! My kinda cake with a cup of warm teh-O!

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    1. Hi Joyce! This is the only way I will eat prunes. I have also come across a chicken and prunes dish. Must experiment!

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  13. I liked this prune cake and the fact that the prune is soaked in orange juice enhanced the taste even better.

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    1. Hi Cecilia! The orange juice makes a lot of difference. Hmmm...maybe next time I should add some rum too hee..hee...

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  14. I love prunes and this cake looks moist and yummy.

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    1. Thanks, Edith! This is the only way that I will eat prunes LOL!

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  15. Phong Hong, your stories never fail to make me laugh. I always stop by to get my dose of "smiles". :) Lovely cake, my kids used to be crazy about prunes... we went through tubs of them in a week, but not so much anymore!

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    1. Thanks Yen, hah..hah...I guess kids go through a phase and after a while it goes off. But being crazy about prunes is a good thing!

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, these are good combination! I want to try prunes in my baking too next time, they looks yummy to me! :)

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    1. Hi Esther! Do try because the prunes are moist and sourish and goes well with the sweetness of the cake.

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  17. Can I exchange a slice of your prune cake with my banana cake huh? perfect for my afternoon tea now, hehehe..Happy weekend PH!

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    1. No problem, Sonia! I love banana cake :)

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  18. Hi dear, I terdelete pulak yr comment on my latest N3...Mango Float...I pun x faham...sebab I dah release/approve the comment dalam blog, tapi bila I delete e-mail notification the comment got deleted as well...Pening betul.

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    1. Don't worry, Marsita! This blogger thing sometimes got problem :)

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  19. This cake looks delicious! I love making baked goods with prunes :)

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    1. Hi Cathleen! Oh...now I remember your prune brownies :D

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