Chocolate Cassis Cake and Fun on the Lake

August 29th, 2014

Pennys on lake


We had a wonderful evening on the lake with our dear friends Penny of The Comforts of Home and her hubby.  The weather was near perfect and I had an easy meal planned.  David had made smoked shrimp on the grill as an appetizer before we hit the water.  Unfortunately I did not get a picture of them or any part of the meal that followed the boat ride.

Silver linings 3


The lake is magical in the evening. It is true what they say about clouds having a silver lining.  When the sun is going down, sometimes this awesome phenomenon occurs.  Lake pictures courtesy of Penny.

Silver Lining 2


We headed back to the cottage before it got dark and had dinner on the porch with lively conversations and good cheer.  It was a lovely evening.

Chocolate Cassis Cake 1


I photographed the chocolate cassis cake this morning.  Chocolate Cassis Cake is an Ina Garten recipe.  It is a decadent flourless cake that incorporates creme de cassis, a black current liqueur.  Sam of My Carolina Kitchen has also made this cake.  Her pictures are heavenly.

Chocolate Cassis Cake 3V


Penny brought me a jar of fresh herbs from her garden.  I will make good use of them.  This cake is worthy of a celebration amongst friends.

CHOCOLATE CASSIS CAKE  (The Barefoot Contessa)

For the cake:
Baking spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons crème de cassis liqueur
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the glaze:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 to 3 tablespoons crème de cassis liqueur
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To serve:
2 (1/2 pint) boxes fresh raspberries
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and thickly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons crème de cassis liqueur

For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round spring form pan with baking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray it again with baking spray.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Whisk in the cocoa powder, flour, cassis, and vanilla and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer), beat the eggs, sugar, and salt on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until pale yellow and triple in volume. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and carefully but thoroughly fold them together with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until just barely set in the center. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes and then release the sides of the pan. Invert the cake carefully onto a flat serving plate, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely.

For the glaze, melt the chocolate and cream together in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Off the heat, whisk in the cassis and vanilla. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and spread over just the top of the cake.

Fifteen minutes before serving, toss the berries gently with the sugar and cassis. Cut the cake in wedges and serve with the berries on the side.

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22 responses to “Chocolate Cassis Cake and Fun on the Lake”

  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    It was a wonderful evening. The smoked shrimp, pasta meal and the divine cake were all fabulous! Your pictures of the cake look great. Thank you for the wonderful evening. Did you get the recipe I sent for David?

  2. Sam Hoffer says:

    What a great evening with friends and the lake photos are fabulous. I saw Penny’s post earlier. I’m making that cake again this weekend for good friends visiting on their way north.

  3. Jane says:

    Seeing you two special ladies made me want to cry! And with remembering our boat ride and the gorgeous lake and mountains…well, it was just too long ago!! Next summer for sure. We hope to get down in the fall…maybe we can all do lunch or dinner.

    The cake looks sinful! I am going to pin it, Penny. Thank you!!

    Jane xx sniff sniff

    • Penny Klett says:

      Hi Jane, We would love to have you back at the lake. We will make it happen at the lake for sure in the spring. But would love to spend time with you guys this fall if we are here. Let us know when you will be here.

  4. OnePerfectBite says:

    Penny, it sounds like a wonderful day was had by all. Your cake looks and sounds delicious.

  5. larry says:

    An evening boat ride is had to beat and my favorite time is after sundown.

  6. Pam Thurow says:

    It sounds like a great evening with great friends and food!

  7. Susan says:

    What a wonderful, peaceful looking scene at your lake and to come back to dinner and a luscious chocolate dessert like that – just the icing on the proverbial cake!

  8. cheri says:

    Hi Penny, looks like a wonderful place to live and entertain. Love this chocolate cake, it’s a beauty!

  9. Darla says:

    Beautiful photos and the cake looks delicious. Missing you and David and remembering our fun Labor Day weekends together with family.

  10. Chris says:

    God’s country, for sure. The cake looks fantastic too.

  11. Cathy at Wives with Knives says:

    A boat ride on the lake in the evening sounds wonderful, Penny. What a beautiful place. That beautiful cake would satisfy any chocolate craving.

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