Dorie tells the story of getting fired as her first job as a pastry chef, for "creative insubordination", after making this cake in place of the whiskey raisin cake the restaurant normally served. I was glad that Lyb chose this, because at first glance, there are a couple things about it that may not inspire confidence that it will be delicious, like the little part in the title about "the cake that got me fired". Or one of the main ingredients, which Dorie calls "the world's most misunderstood fruit", prunes.
I had my helper, Little E with me when I went shopping, and he was tired of running errands. I told him I needed to run into the store for a few things and he asked what we were getting.
Me- "Cat litter, pecans, prunes, milk."
E- "What do you need prunes for?"
Me- "Ummm, it's a surprise."
E- "But I don't want a pruny surprise."
Me- "Well, what if I told you we get to set them on fire?"
E- "O K!"
Making this cake was really fun (although in my version, it is 'Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake- The cake that makes a lot of dirty dishes'). Not only did we get to light prunes on fire, I got to use my new digital scale. (No, I couldn't have just guessed what 7/10 of the chocolate chips were to get 7 ounces.)
What I really need is a new camera. When I took this picture, there were flames coming out of the pan, but they are like vampires apparently, and don't show up in pictures.
When we were done, we made some Grand Marnier whipped cream. Everyone liked the cake a lot, even my picky teenagers, prunes and all.