Tuesdays with Dorie: Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake

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I‘m thinking this picture needs a title.  Should it be “Odd Man Out”  or “Vive la difference”?   Either way,  I can relate to the bright red cherry. Which way depends on the day.

On to the cake–or is it a loaf? Another identity crisis. This intensely flavored chocolate cake is baked in a loaf pan and has a firm, dense texture like a pound cake (at least mine did). I used cherry jam between the layers for a “Black Forest” experience.

The frosting sounded weird to me. Melted semi-sweet chocolate and sour cream. Was something left out of the directions? Nope. Tasted wonderful as it turns out and couldn’t have been easier.

I liked this cake as is. But all the men at my Father’s Day celebration thought it was even better with a dollop of whipped cream. What isn’t?

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Visit Amy Ruth Bakes to get the recipe. Even if you don’t need the recipe, you really should check out her post and be sure to watch her slideshow on Flickr. She has some amazing photography going on.

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Judy June 22, 2010 at 12:33 am

Elegant, lovely cake. My critics tried to talk me out of decorating with cherries, so I ended up with a few at the corners. I like the way you arranged yours, and, of course, the cake looks fabulous!

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mike June 22, 2010 at 3:22 am

Now… that pattern is just wonderful – It’s almost like a “buche de pound cake”! With cherries no less. This made a wonderful Father’s Day dessert (for me) – and so glad it made it to your table as well!

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AmyRuth June 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

Wasn’t that cake batter like mousse? Yes, I get the way the cherry feels. he he Your cake is totally beautiful! Mike is right. I am having so much fun looking at all the amazing talent, “like yours,” at presentation amongst TWD’rs. Thank you for adding the photo plug. Corbin will be so excited. We really had extra special fun taking the photos. (He is teaching me, I am learning ) He is my youngest, and 16, and really knows how to score points with old Mom, right? Thank you for baking along with me.
AmyRuth

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Kayte June 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

The cake looks so elegant, and I love how you put those cherries on the top light that…very fun. Your inside looks like mine, which I am grateful, because I was starting to panic as so many don’t look like mine and I thought maybe I bombed it. Not liking chocolate, I wasn’t going to taste it, and have come to the conclusion that if it is chocolate my guys will eat anything and they are not really a dependable test as far as figuring if it is good or not.

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steph (whisk/spoon) June 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

mine was also dense. yours is really pretty, and that single bright cherry is adorable!

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Karen June 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

OH, my. This looks delicious. And I just happen to have some leftover brisket, so I’m going to make your quesadillas tonight. I can’t believe I have all the ingredients on hand! Supper is planned:)

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Jessica June 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

So pretty! Wow, your cake looks so much more professional than mine! You’re right, everything does taste a bit better with whipped cream :)

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Janell June 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Your cake looks beautiful! I love how you made an ordinary loaf cake look so dressy!

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Katrina June 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Wow, your cake looks gorgeous, delicious and certainly DRESSY!
I missed Amy’s Flickr slideshow, gotta go see!

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tia June 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

wow, that looks so elegant and moist and all in all – DELICIOUS!!!
I did 2 cakes because I liked it so much! Bundt and Loaf

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Margaret June 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Beautiful. Elegant. Love the cherries. Was skeptical about the frosting, but it WAS delicious. And SO easy.

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Clivia June 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Your cake looks very beautiful! I agree that the icing was a happy surprise.

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Mary June 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

It looks beautiful with the cherries on top. I used cherry jam too, and think it would have been perfect with whipped cream. Lovely presentation!

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Peggy June 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I love how elegant yours looks. Mine was not pretty but it tasted so good. Love your cherries on top too. I would be considered the bright red one in the group. A little different is good, right?

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Jill June 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Your cake is so pretty! My husband thought the frosting was weird, but I liked it. I found myself wishing that I had some whipped cream to put on top.

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Nic June 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

gorgeous photos!

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Jenny June 23, 2010 at 12:13 am

Wow! I’m totally blown away by the first photo! This looks like the cakes on display at the Parisian pâtisseries! Exquisite! You’re very talented!!

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Heather Davis June 23, 2010 at 6:02 am

Can’t imagine any dad in the world not being very very happy to get that on Father’s Day. Love the pic and the cherries. Particularly the odd one out!

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Flourchild June 23, 2010 at 7:32 am

Your cake looks so pretty! Im glad all of your family and friends enjoyed this cake!

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cindy harris June 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I love chocolate and cheeries–a great combo. Beautiful cake.

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Margot June 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Your cake looks fantastic! Your icing looks perfectly striped. As I was putting mine together, I kept thinking a whipped cream layer would be delicious.

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Mimi June 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Paula,
Your cake is simply gorgeous!
Mimi

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