The one blogger that has not only kept me coming back, in this fickle and ever-changing realm that is the blogosphere, but amused, entertained, informed as well as providing me with a wealth of recipes (that actually work! – beautifully!) is Deb from smitten kitchen. She’s awesome. She’s probably known as a super blogger or über blogger or something because not only does she blog like a boss, she takes gorgeous photos and also has about a zillion fans – oh dear… does that make me a bloupie?
This month also marks the launch of her first cookbook (woohoo! on pre order here) so I thought I would celebrate with a bit of a tribute post of sorts, that I will now have to split in two and continue tomorrow as it has grown to be a ridiculouslylonganddrawnout post! How dramatic. Deb commemorated her 5 year anniversary of smitten kitchen with this red wine chocolate cake and as I had a quarter bottle of pinot noir (don’t ask) that needed using, I thought it perfect.
This is the second time I have made this cake and if I’m to be honest it is a touch dry for me though it seems plenty love it. To compensate and balance however I like to serve it with lashings of crème fraîche and find raspberries complement the dark vino fruity richness of the cake almost too well.
So on with the applause – stay tuned as tomorrow I’ll be posting my all time smitten kitchen favourites in cakebook’s very own… drum roll please… Smitten Kitchen Hall Of Fame – See you then!here)