You can never be too thin or too rich..

Nancy Reagan would have thrown herself from a tall building rather than let a crumb of this intense chocolate and prune d’Agen cake pass her lips. Just the sight of such a calorific sin would cause her to spin on her heels and elegantly jack knife out of the window, performing the only sort swallow that would save her from a fate worse than fatness. One of you out there recommended that I read David Leibovitz’s Paris blog and in following your advice I stumbled across a cool writer and this cake. It has to be said that this is not a “cakey” cake. Children will grimace after the first mouthful as they would on mistaking a single malt for a soft drink, so the cake is safe from under age marauders. David Leibovitz suggests that the prunes, which are an intrinsic part of this recipe, should be marinated in whichever alcohol floats your boat but opines the idea of marinating them in black tea which option I took.  

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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41 Responses to You can never be too thin or too rich..

  1. Mad Dog says:

    It definitely wouldn’t have been safe from me!

  2. discovervin says:

    Yummm. So glad you shared the recipe and the photo. I love David’s blog too.

  3. As I in No Way suffer from the former First Lady’s neurosis (I have my own, thanks!), I’ll take a larger slice….
    I love David’ books and blog…his Chocolate Idiot Cake is Required Holiday Eating around here

  4. peasepudding says:

    Sometimes I need the marauding under agers to save me from my own chocolate gluttony, I have no will power or finess to share when chocolate is involved.

  5. Ha, can’t remember the last time I heard a good NR joke. Reminds me of childhood. Just say no to chocolate.

  6. Tandy says:

    I would rather have cake every night than be thin!

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    Well to begin, if the Reagans were against something, it’s pretty much a given that I’d be in favor of it. And if it’s a Leibovitz recipe, I’m going to like it — a lot. Add your recommendation and this is a recipe I’m going to try, though I think I’ll go the cherry route. It’s cherry season here.

  8. Nancy Reagan’s loss…what a divine looking cake, and the cherries sound like a great idea, too!

  9. spree says:

    Intrigued by this recipe when first I read it – and I love John’s idea of the cherries! Actually this recipe sounds like an amazing jumping off point for several seasonal substitutions. (I’m thinking apricots would be wonderful too.)

  10. Rich and thin are good, but chocolate wins hands down any day! I am SOOO going to make this…

  11. I will have to compare this chocolate cake with one that I found from Diane von Fürstenberg’s personal chef that I clipped from a magazine a few years ago.

  12. Well.. there you go, I didn’t know that about Nancy! I love this recipe, it’s so versatile.. the possibilities are endless.. but then that would require more than a thin slice, I guess:)

  13. It really sounds good!!! Thanks for recipe.

  14. ambrosiana says:

    I love chocolate!! But I guess it would be safe from me nowdays with this horrible hot weather..This does not stop me from getting my daily dose of Chocolate Gelato!!!!!.

  15. I recommend you read david’s book too – it’s very funny. No alcohol for the prunes?? The photo has me wishing I could have a slice of that cake.

  16. Since my e-miail problems, I seem to have missed a few posts. Hopefully unsubscribing and resubscribing should sort things! I am not a huge chocolate fan, when when the craving strikes, this is exactly the sort of thing I would want to eat!

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