The good news is that I have a week full of posts which highlight some great recipes, even if I can’t take credit for much of the cooking.
I took note of this Red Wine Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen a couple of months ago. Then my friend Susan made it, and told me it really was that awesome. So when my sister asked what cake she could make for my birthday, this seemed like the perfect choice.
This cake also requires relatively little effort for such a large reward. You need just one bowl and one cake pan. The cake itself was really good, like a flourless chocolate cake with a hint of sweet. But the mascarpone and whipped cream topping was even better. The instructions say to “dollop generously” and so we did, even though this was the night before Thanksgiving. Although I love apples and pumpkins and cranberries in the fall, chocolate is always in season.