02 March 2008

Sunday Baking - Red wine chocolate cake

This week, my Sunday baking recipe is adapted from another cooking blog that I enjoy reading. Seeing as I had a bit of wine left at the bottom of the bottle today, I tested Johanna's red wine chocolate cake (with my own touch) and was extremely happy with the results.

Pour mes lecteurs français, je vous encourage à explorer le site de Johanna : Je suis pas une courge ("le blog de tous ceux qui ne savent pas encore qu'ils savent cuisiner"), et plus particulièrement à tester son gâteau moelleux au vin rouge et à la cannelle. Je l'ai fait avec 4 c.s. de cacao et d'eau chaude, et j'ai saupoudré de sucre glace ! Un vrai régal.

This cake is sinfully easy to make, and doesn't require hard-to-find ingredients (especially now that I've adapted it for stuff you find in America). It comes together in 10 minute (15 max) and cooks for 20-30. No sooner you decide you MUST have it, than it's practically made! Perfect for those gray sick-of-winter days in March: wine cake, a nice cup of tea or coffee, a book.... sigh.


-1 cup salted butter
-4 eggs
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/4 brown sugar lightly packed
(Note : she uses a type of granulated brown sugar called 'cassonade' -- see photo -- I propose a mix of white and brown to get the same taste and consistency in the US, but you can look for caster sugar if you like)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 1/3 cup flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 cup red wine (she says go ahead and use the cheap stuff -- although she's talking about cheap French wine...which is not so cheap in America ;-) so it's up to you)
-1 tsp cinnamon
-4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa diluted in 4 Tbsp hot water

1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
2. Melt the butter (on the stove on low heat or in the microwave)
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until you get a small layer of foam on top.
4. "Dump" all the other ingredients on top (as Johanna would say) - including the melted butter.
5. Mix until smooth and pour into a greased cake pan. You can use whatever fun mold you're partial to. I simply used an 8X8 square baking dish -- AND I forgot to grease it, but it came out fine.
6. Cook at 325F for 25-30 min: top a bit crunchy, and the middle, nice and spongy.

I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar when serving, which was yummy. :-) Happy baking.


D.K. said...

Nous avions pu apprécier ensemble la douce harmonie du vin et du chocolat lors des tasting de Puerto Cacao, mais cette recette-là est tout simplement divine ! Excellente idée, que de la rendre accessible à encore plus de monde en la traduisant :-)

Hopie said...

mmm...true, you can't go wrong with wine and chocolate! ;-)

Katie said...

okay, shmopy. that's it. time for you ladies move to brooklyn. i will totally yell in french outside of your window all the time (you know, so it feels like you're still in paris - 'cause you'll hear a lot of french outside your place). and then when my throat gets sore, i'm comin' in for red wine chocolate cake.


Hopie said...

tempting, tempting. you know what else would work? you coming to paris to eat red wine chocolate cake!

Katharine said...

Speaking of wine, yesterday in San Diego I stopped at Rite-Aid to get some nail polish remover and wandered around a bit, finding the WINE aisles!!! California is so bizarre - you can buy (lots of) wine at the local Rite-Aid... I didn't though - waited until I was at an organic market and bought a BioDynamic cabernet. (One has to search for no sulfites in the US, a given in France.) I haven't tasted it yet but if it's mediocre it goes in the cake! So, Brooklyn, shmooklyn! When you move to the States, don't you want to be where you can buy Claritin and wine in one easy stop? :)
Love, Mom

Hopie said...

Oooh BioDynamic cabernet would be good in this cake...of course I hope it's good anyway. Um, mom, you don't actually want me to move to San Diego, do you? It's hardly any closer than France!

But did you know that part of Obama's platform on LGBT rights includes amending the Uniting American Families Act (or some name like that), which has to do with who counts as part of your family for federal immigration laws?? I.e. maybe one day same sex couples will be included! One can always dream...

Katie said...

so, really, obama is glorious. you need to move back, and then delphine comes with you. and you come to brooklyn (NOT SAN DIEGO. buying alcohol with allergy meds says "you're going to be drowsy" to me - PLUS if you're in brooklyn and lily's in manhattan your parents can visit two girls at once with greater ease. look at me all lookin' out for everyone and stuff) and make me cake!

Katharine said...

Okay - Katie, you win. Besides, I want to hear you yell in French on the sidewalks of New York! And, yes, let us eat cake, made by Hopie!!!

Hopie said...

well vote obama and we shall see what we shall see. and in the meantime, come visit Paris and get your homemade cake you two! ;-)

Katie said...

perhaps i will yell "let us eat cake" in french.

(but only at hope when she moves to brooklyn:) )

Hopie said...

oy geez -- i can just imagine the distress of the neighbors. they would FORCE me to let you come in for cake if you kept that up...

Camille said...

Sorry for the late comment, but I think that the closest thing to cassonade in the US would be Turbinado sugar aka raw sugar (most often sold under the brand "Sugar in the Raw."

Also, not only can you get wine at the pharmacy in CA, you can buy liquor at the gas station! Or the grocery store. Until 2 am. California is great!