Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brandy-Pecan Choc Fudge & Banana Cakes


Made these for M, a good friend of mine who is back visiting from the US. The original recipe from Nancy Baggett's "All-American Dessert Book" calls for Bourbon but I used Brandy instead. I made slight adjustments and simplified the baking steps as below.

The intro in the book took the words right out of my mouth when I was savoring a piece of this cake. "This is an immensely rewarding cake - moist, tender and very chocolatey on the inside, with a glossy, gooey fudge layer on the outside."


For the cake:
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 8 tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brandy, combined with 2 tbsp hot water
- 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 oz semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 7 large eggs, at room temperature

1. In a bowl over a double boiler, melt the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Remove from the heat, stir in the brandy-water mixture, then the cocoa powder until the mixture is well-blended.
2. In a food processor, combine sugar and pecans till the nuts are ground to a powder.
3. In a food processor, process the flour and 3 oz chocolate till the chocolate is fine and well-blended with the flour.
4. In a large bowl, beat all the eggs and sugar/pecan mixture (no. 2) on medium to high speed till the mixture becomes frothy, lightened and nearly doubled in volume. Remove 1 cup and stir into the melted chocolate mixture (no. 1) till well-blended.
5. Combine everything into the egg mixture, using a whisk, stir and mix until well-combined. Bake in a 21-22cm springform pan for 25-30 mins at around 150 deg C.


For the choc fudge glaze:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp light corn syrup
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Over a double boiler, combine everything to melt over low heat. Gently stir until the glaze is completely smooth and thickens to your liking. Let it cool for a while and pour over the completely cooled cake. Use a spatula to gently spread the glaze over the sides.


This is a recipe given by my 4th sister to me a few years ago. It's really moist and delicious!


- 250 g banana
- 250 g all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp milk
- 3 eggs
- 180 g butter
- 150 g sugar

1. Cream butter and sugar together till it is light and creamy.
2. Add in an egg at a time, mixing till well-blended after each egg addition.
3. Add in the mashed banana and mix well.
4. Add in the flour, alternate with the milk. Mix the batter until everything is well-combined. Bake at 150 deg C for 45 mins or until skewer comes out clean.



  1. Wowza! That chocolate cake looks absolutely sinful...I want some! And I love the simplicity of the banana cake, looks moist and delicious :)

  2. so yummy!! lately i dont dare to make cakes cus i am getting chubby! :( Moreover, still very "stress" with the swiss rolls which i have failed at least 5 times! :((

  3. Hi there! Thanks so much for visting my blog! I love yours! It all looks soo yummy! The chocolate fudge cake is decadent. I will have to try this!

  4. The choc cake looks absolutely scrumptious!
    Friends near and far are dear to our hearts.

  5. such a coincidence... we baked alsmot the samething. Mine was like your 2 in 1. I baked a layered banana chocolate cake for my daughter's birthday! :-p

  6. Wow, you've got a new blogskin, very nice!:) The choc fudge cake also looks so moist and yum!

  7. I love them both! Friends are the best =)

  8. The chocolate cake is so decadent, love the addition of brandy! The banana cake looks moist and delicious! Yum!

  9. Yum! The chocolate cake looks so nice and fudgy!

  10. Hahaha! I like this M! I would bake for her too!
    and those cakes looks CRRRAAZZZY delish!

  11. hi *girlichef*, would love to give you a piece of both. my door's open, just hop onto a plane :)

    hi "cookingpractice*, you don't look chubby at all. even if you think you are, doesn't matter, life's too short to worry about it. don't give up on yr swissrolls! battle on!! :D

    hi *Slywia*, yes, do try the choc fudge. you won't regret it. :)

    hi *Keats*, thanks & like you have it on yr blog, Friends are like bras coz they give the support you need ;)

    hi *Wendy*, looks like clever minds think alike. haha!

    hi "Anncoo*, yummylicious indeed! i must try yr tiramisu recipe one day :D

    hi *Cooking Gallery*, thanks..i researched & researched into how to design a header like that & finally did it. ;)

    hi *pigpigscorner*, choc cakes and good friends are things a girl can't live without :D

    hi *5 star foodie*, the brandy does add to the aroma & sinfulness of the cake. :D

    hi *Chef Fresco*, yes it's really fudgy & nice :D

  12. hi *blurpandslurp*, thanks! you'll like M even more if you get to experience her craziness. :D

  13. Can a chocolate cake get any more delicious?? YUM Figtreeapps

  14. I'm dying for that chocolate cake!!!

  15. The chocolate cake looks sinfully delicious!

  16. Very decadent, luscious, simply irresistible! The ultimate chocolate cake!

  17. Two scrumptious cakes! Irresistible!

  18. Wow, the choc. cake look so luscious. I wish it jump out of the screen for me to eat :)

  19. Wow! The fudge glaze looks decadent!

  20. The chocolate cake looks so fudgy! And, the glaze looks just perfect.

  21. wow.. the chocolate fudge looks really tempting..

  22. wow!! your chocolate rice is so rich and moist!! wish can have one right now!! I so afraid to bake chocolate cake wt fudge,dunno how to pipe the fudge and guess it's quite messy,right?

  23. your cake looks really rich and indulgent :)

  24. You are a lucky girl to have such wonderful friends in your life!

    I have never in my life used 7 eggs in a recipe! I can tell from the photo that this cake is out of this world good!!

  25. OOOHHH!! That chocolate c ake looks decadent!! And there is nothing I love more than banana bread. Yummy post!

  26. Both the recipes looks delicious, will surely try Banana Cake.

  27. Hi *Everyone*, thank you so very much for all your comments :D

    p/s *Beachlover*, i didn't pipe the choc fudge glaze but just pour & spread over the top. you can do it too!

    p/s *the ungourmet*..haha, yes it does use that many eggs but the result is worth it.

  28. MMMMMMMM,...the fudge cake with the topping looks awesomzly delicious!! & the banana cake looks great!


  29. The chocolate cake lookes delicious, and so does that banana cake! Now I'm craving the both of them . . . together!

  30. Indeed, that is one moist banana cake! WOW. What I'd give to dig into a slice of that!

  31. I have tried the banana cake. It is so moist and delicious. My other half loves it. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  32. Hi there, finally you made good use of your mixer! Oh hurry up and keep up the good work...! Congrats!

  33. The chocolate cake looks freaking amazing! Nicely done!

  34. Hi *Everyone*, thank you so much for all your comments...such a joy reading them all :)

    p/s *Kitchen Cookalong*.. hey glad you tried & liked the banana cake. i used 'pisang raja' which is the best. good recipes are meant to be shared :)

    p/s Little Space*, actually the cakes were made a few hrs before i bought my KA, so still haven't use my KA yet :D.

  35. I tried the moist banana cake recipe today after visiting your site for the first time. Very good recipe indeed !! Thanks so much for sharing.