Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Bit of Chocolate Cake after Fencing Class


My little cowboy has had no interest in taking sporty lessons. Over the last two years, we've tried karate and gymnastics, soccer and basketball. At the end of each class he'd tell me that he didn't really like it and that the only sport that really interests him is fencing. Unfortunately, I could never find a fencing class in our smallish town. Until, one day I noticed a community fencing class for adults and persuaded the Quiet Man to sign up with him. We worried that our son might get lost in a class of grownups, but the noble French fencing master agreed to coach him each week for an extra half hour before the adults arrived. It is such a ball to watch this serious and proud Frenchman sparring with my wannabe Jedi. It's a bit like watching Mr. Miaggi and Ralph Machio on the Karate Kid, the old proud master and the young playful student. West has learned the positions for several swords, to advance, retreat, and lunge. I don't know if any of these skills will pay off in the long run, but in the meantime, don't challenge him to a light saber duel because now he goes for the throat. Best of all, he loves his fencing class and all of the applause he receives when he defeats an opponent. (It's easy to be the star of the class when you're the youngest by 20 years.)Addicted to the lime light already at age six! Now if only we can get him a fencing scholarship to Cambridge in 2020.To celebrate the last fencing class for semester one, we came home to a bitty little chocolate cake. This one is also part of my Tuesdays with Dorie baking club. The cake was meant to have prunes that were soaked in Armagnac, which I promptly left out. What kind of reward would that be for a young fencer? The cake on it's own is a pleasant sort of chocolatey cake, and the glaze is phenomenal. I've heard glowing reports from the brave prune bakers, so if you can get away with it, give it a try the right way. But if you are celebrating a triumph with a brave young six year old, it's perfect in a simple pruneless state. Click here for the recipe and gorgeous photos- a half pruneless batch will probably cost you $3.00. There's nothing better than a bit of chocolate cake in the icebox!
We are developing a bad habit of devouring my creations without taking the time to thoughfully arrange and photograph them. I hope this will only serve as greater testimony to their yumminess.
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32 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Perfect way to refuel after a workout/activity, if you ask me!! :-D

chocolatechic said...

What a cutie pie you have there.


The cake looks great too!

doughmesstic said...

Wow - fencing! I wish I lived somewhere like you so that I could expose my son to such cool sports!
Nice job on the cake - glad to see it is good without the prunes!

Melissa said...

I'm wishing I had thought like you and left out the prunes. Cute pics of your son!

Marthe said...

Your cake looks perfect to me!

Patsyk said...

That's my kind of cake! Your little guy looks like a pro at fencing already!

gigi said...

That West is just to precious!
What a cool mom and dad yall are to find the thing that he really loves and help him to develope that skill.
Rewarding with chocolate cake doesn't hurt either :)

SiHaN said...

i totally get your sentiments. I've been too lazy for food photography lately too! always a slice of chunk missing off the original product before photos. *argh*

Marjie said...

Well, we never arrange and take cute pictures here at my house either, so welcome to my little world.

My oldest son signed up for the fencing club when he started college, and he really loved it. It's funny how something strikes a kid as just what he wants to do!

Your chocolate cake is beautiful, even cut!

Sara said...

What a handsome little fencer you have. I'm sure my 3 year old would love a fencing class! The cake looks delicious. I had a request yesterday for a birthday cake...I wish I would have had this recipe. We will have to give it a try the next time we are in the mood for bithday cake!

Cindy said...

chool offers a fencing class but he was too young this year-we're thinking of signing him up next year though; one of his firneds is also interested. I love how you tie in your life with your incredible yummy recipes!

Karen said...

Congrats to your little guy on a semester of fencing! How fun for him to have parents that encourage what he wants to do. Your cake is cute!

kim said...

your little guy is such a cutie! :) glad this cake was delicious without the prunes, too!

Jules Someone said...

Glad everyone enjoyed the cake. Nice job!

Sara said...

Fencing class looks like so much fun! This cake looks amazing, I can't wait to make it.

jenjen said...

What cute pictures of your little guy Prudy! That's so great that you found a way for him to do it. My daughter wants to take fencing too.

Your cake looks to die for!


XOXOXO
Jen

MK and Co. said...

I've seen your handsome young jedi at his fencing skills and they are very impressive. I'm glad you found a sport he loves. That cake looks so delicious. Thanks for another great recipe!

Rindy R said...

I have always thought this was such a neat sport! Good for you - for finding your son's niche! The chocolate cake looks like the perfect way to end the day!
YUM!

Catherine said...

I can't wait to see Westy in action! I hope he gets that scholarship! In the meantime, your cake looks delicious and I completely agree, what is there better than chocolate cake in the icebox?

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cool! Great cake and I think it's fabulous he does fencing lessons!

Mary Ann said...

That is the cutest thing I have seen in awhile! Fencing? wow- that is amazing. Those pics with the fencers dualing is great.
This cake looks perfect the way you tried it. I just didn't get to it.
I would love it if we could somehow get together before we head South!

Di said...

Great pictures. It looks like your son is really enjoying himself. Nice cake, too. =)

The Renouf Family said...

Oh how I wished we lived closer and could raise the little jedis together... He really had always been very good with a sword. Thanks for the delicious looking recipe. I'll be sure to make it sometime in the next 3 weeks otherwise it will have to wait a couple of years :).

Michal said...

yum. that looks fab. of course, chocolate cake is a favorite at our house.

my boys would adore a fencing class. i should look into it.

i have used pureed prunes (from the baby food section)in chocolate cakes and brownies as a substitute for fat with success. (by success i mean, it yields a cake that i enjoy when dieting--not anything worthy of gourmet magazine.) my kids eat it, too, because they are oblivious to the substitution, poor souls.

The Food Librarian said...

What a great fencer! Love those photos. I'm sure we'll be seeing him at the Olympics someday soon! :) And great looking cake!

Teanna said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to take a fencing class! Great cake!

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Judy said...

My best friend's daughter has been fencing for 7 or 8 years now and really loves it. She was just at a big event in Albuquerque last month. They call it an 'intellectual' sport, so it shows that your son is one smart boy!

Girl Japan said...

Oh Erin, this choco cake is amazing, and what a change up in work outs... I've never fenced before......

James said...

Wow.. these chocolate cake making my mouth water.

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