Monday, 29 December 2014

Steamed Chocolate Prune Cake


I know. The words "steamed" and "prunes" are not very inspiring and conjures the image of a hospital kitchen preparing food for the geriatric ward. Throwing in the word "chocolate" does not help, does it?


This is actually Chef Wan's Walnut Prune Cake minus the whipping cream. In its place I substituted with good old butter. All 250g of it, no apologies. I also left out walnuts just because I did not have any. And just out of curiosity, I steamed this cake instead of baking it. I confess that I have taken a liking for steamed cakes after trying this Fudgey Steamed Chocolate Cake.



The cake turned out alright except that I thought the surface was a bit dry. The funny thing is that the chocolate batter was on top of the yellow batter but they seemed to have swapped places. Strange, eh?



I was a bit worried how the texture would turn out but I had to wait until all the pictures were taken. I had some leftover ganache in the freezer (yes, they freeze beautifully) and left it to stand to room temperature while the cake was steaming away. Once the cake was completely cooled, I warmed the ganache in the microwave by zapping it at 30 second intervals until it was of pouring consistency.



I simply drizzled the ganache over the cake using a spoon. It was quite therapeutic, this. Drizzling chocolate over a cake is so soothing. And did I mention that the best part is licking the spoon and then using your finger to scrape whatever is left in the container? It really makes washing easier you know :)



Once I was done with the pics, I immediately grabbed a knife and sliced a piece. I can tell if a cake is moist and tender by feeling the resistance as I slice the cake. The knife glided easily and smoothly and I immediately felt a sense of relief. 



And now, for a taste. Wow. It was so good. I mean WOW! It was so,so good!! Very moist. Very chocolaty. Very orangey. Not too sweet. And best of all were the prunes. They were not yucky at all. They were soft and moist and reminded me of biting into cherries in a Black Forest Cake. Mission accomplished! 












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

Ingredients :
- 170g pitted prunes
- Juice of 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
- 4 eggs
- 160g castor sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- 250g butter
- 125g sour cream
- 250g self-raising flour
- 3 tbsp apricot jam
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Ganache to decorate

Method :
1. Steep prunes in orange juice and rum for 3 hours or overnight.
2. Grease an 8" round pan and line the botton with baking paper.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add orange zest and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Add flour and sour cream alternately in 3 additions and fold using a spatula.
6. Divide batter into 2 portions, one with one-third and the other with two-thirds of batter.
7. Pour the larger portion of batter into prepared cake tin.
8. In a separate bowl, mix together jam, marinated prunes and cocoa powder. Then fold in the remaining one-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. Cover the top of the cake tin with aluminium foil and steam over medium heat for 1 hour or until skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
12. Cool the cake in the tin and then remove.
13. Drizzle ganache over the cake to decorate.


34 comments:

  1. Ahh, steamed cake, got my attention, I quickly clicked to read leh !! Nope, says who the word "steamed" is not interesting? Prunes, maybe, teehee.. *cheeky smile* .. Eh, but I steamed a lot of prunes for Kz when he was younger, coz he has contipation problems.. So I bought prunes, steamed and blended them for him..
    I steamed some condensed milk cupcakes too over the weekend, and I tell ya, it was so good. Not self-praising, but really, it was so so very good.. For people who don't have an oven, or don't want too heaty stuff, steamed cakes work best, but must be sedap also la.. I always feel nomatter how you steam a cake (hard or not, dry or not), if you add in chocolate chips or pour some chocolate sauce/ganache on top, all problems will be fixed instantly! It taste just exactly like a normal baked chocolate cake!

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    1. Louiz, nowadays I like steaming cakes. I feel that the result is better than oven-baked. But of course not all cakes are suitable to steam. I don't like to eat prunes but if put into a cake, then I will sure sapu :) Chocolate cake memang nice when steamed. In fact I have some condensed milk leftover in the fridge. I might use that to make steamed chocolate cake hee.hee...

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  2. WOW!!! yes, when I see this cake you steamed today, I just gotta exclaim, WOW!! it's really wowable with that wow factor!! hahahaha.. I like steam cake too, and best of all, you decorated it with that awfully sinful chocolate sauce on top, that really adds 500 points to this cake I woykd frankly say!!

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    1. Thanks, SK! This is a very good cake. Healthy mah got prunes :D

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  3. the cake itself already looks good, the yellow and brown color is so inviting and I like that big "flower" that came out on top, nice!! and then with the added chocolate topping, which is laid in a random pattern, gives an artisty kick to the presentation, and I am sure a big enhancement to the texture and taste too!! I want to try this!!! ;)

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    1. Yeah lah, I was surprised when I see that "flower". I did not purposely make the design. In fact the chocolate batter was on top of the yellow batter. The cake decorated itself in the steamer hah..hah...

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  4. Aiyo .... look at the chocolates!!! So yummy !

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    1. Chris, you only look at the chocolate LOL!

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  5. I love prune cakes but never had it combined with chocolate before. Looks really good.

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    1. Arthur, I love prune cakes too even though I don't like eating prunes just like that by itself.

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  6. My mom is reading this with me, and she keep nagging: "Don't you try baking this! So much chocolate!!" XD

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    1. Yikes! Your mom read this! hah..hah...

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  7. I want a piece for my teabreak, hehe...

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  8. wah! look so sinful!

    And it got prune. After makan, can kasi keluar easily. hehehe

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    1. Lina, that;s why this is a good cake. Got side benefits :D

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  9. Sinful and decadent looking cake you've got there! 😍
    It must surely taste as good as it looks

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    1. Janice, it was very good hah..hah...

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  10. The word 'chocolate' does help! Chocolate helps everything...kekeke!! That slice of cake (with the glistening chocolate) looks absolutely delish :)

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    1. Chocolate has same status as bacon hee..hee...

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  11. Bet this cake must be soft and moist with the chocolatey.....

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    1. Mel, yes it is soft, moist and so chocolaty. Nice to eat!

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  12. Worth bookmarking for, PH.... Steaming is fine with me too... By the way, do the prunes need to be cut into smaller pieces? :). Amateurish question it is.... Hahaha... What is steep interms of cooking?

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    1. Hi Claire! So you want to make this cake? The prunes don't need to be cut, just leave whole. Steep has same meaning as soak :)

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  13. Runny chocolate on the cake, so tempting delicious, who can resist. By the look, even without the chocolate, should taste yummy.

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    1. Nancy, you are right that it still tastes good without the chocolate.

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  14. Hi Phong Hong, this steamed cake looks perfect and I believe it taste good too like the popular steamed moist chocolate cake. If you can steam this cake, you can make the steamed chocolate cake too. It is the best steamed cake that I remembered. Will definitely try this one whether the the chocolate is on top or bottom, just invert it lah....Hehehe! Thanks for trying out without whipping cream, I never like it.

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    1. Kimmy, it was the steamed chocolate cake that started it all. I was pleasantly surprised that steamed cakes actually taste good and have good texture.

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  15. At a glance, it looks like a flower pattern cake. It's chocolaty too ... perfect with a cup of tea !

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  16. Oh dear, now I want to eat this cake. It just looks so delicious. Doesn't help that I like to eat prunes too.

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  17. Oh wow, never knew steamed cake can look so good! You're baking like a pro now, PH! Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I'm back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^

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    1. Welcome back, Shirley and Happy New Year! I hope to bake more this year hee..hee....

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