Right after I baked the perfect pound cake, I had some leftover cake flour. Recently, a couple of friends and I were experimenting with layer cake (Indonesian/Malaysian kek lapis) with prunes, so I decided to use the cake flour to make brandy butter cake with prunes, with a touch of brandy added to flavor the cake.
I grew up watching my late mother enjoying her brandy. Every night before she went to bed, she would religiously take a sip of brandy from its bottle—stashed preciously in the cupboard right beside her bed. She swore by brandy, and believed that brandy was a magic tonic that guaranteed longevity and eternal health. Brandy was her favorite liquor.
I don’t really drink but I do like the aroma that brandy imparts to cakes, for examples: kek lapis and (a good) fruit cake. I improvised my favorite butter cake recipe and added splashes of brandy and some dried prunes (plums). The end result is this brandy butter cake laced with prunes. I gave some to my neighbor and they really enjoyed the cake.