Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spodee Chocolate Cake in a Mug (Giveaway!)

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the good people of Spodee to see if I'd be interested in trying out their beverage, dubbed "wine with a kick." I'd never heard of Spodee before, but when I read that it was a red wine with chocolate and other flavors, I was in.

Spodee was apparently a Depression era hooch that mixed up homemade country wines with herbs, spices and moonshine, and then poured into whatever bottles were laying around - like old milk bottles. I'm a sucker for Mason jars and other nostalgic vessels, so I love that Spodee comes in old fashioned milk bottles. And they aren't kidding when they say it's wine with a kick. The wine is 18% and has a really unique flavor, but is super smooth and easy to drink.

The Spodee website offers lots of cocktail suggestions, pairing it with everything from Coke to rum, and Matt and I tried a few different versions before deciding we liked it best just straight up in a wine glass. It's great on its own, no mixers needed. It had such a great fruity and chocolatey flavor though, almost like a dessert wine but not nearly as syrupy, and it was calling to be made into a dessert.

Spodee is delicious but unassuming, and the website even says it isn't "fancy pants." What better delicious, yet un-fancy way to use it in a dessert than by making chocolate cake in a mug? Hence was born, Spodee Chocolate Cake in a Mug with Spodee Strawberries.

These take all of 5 minutes to make and are fudgy, chocolatey and fruity. They're also perfectly portion controlled. Mini cake for you, mini cake for a loved one. But no judgment if you want both mini cakes to yourself. I sure was scraping the sides wishing for more.

Matt and I both loved eating these curled up on the couch watching a Friday night movie. Okay I lie, it was another three episode of Sons of Anarchy.

And now comes the fun part. One SSA reader will win a Spodee prize pack! To enter this giveaway, simply comment below and tell me how you'd like to try Spodee. In one of their cocktails? In a fun recipe? In chocolate cake? You can get extra entries by liking Some Sugar Added on Facebook and following me on Twitter - simply leave a new comment each time telling me you did so.

I will randomly select a winner next Sunday, March 24. Good luck!

Spodee Chocolate Cake in a Mug w/ Spodee Strawberries

Serves 2

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1/4 cup whole milk
3 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. Spodee
2 eggs
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Ingredients - Sauce
1 cup strawberries (frozen is ok)
5 Tbsp. Spodee

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Pour batter equally between two mugs, then microwave together on high for 2 minutes. Cakes should be cooked, but gooey in the middle. Top with strawberry sauce and dust with powdered sugar.

To make the sauce, simply pour the strawberries and Spodee into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until strawberries cook down and the Spodee becomes syrupy and thick.


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  2. This looks amazing!!!! I think I would also drink it straight up, it looks so rich and smooth!!! Although making some kind of cake would be right up my alley too. Yay for giveaways!!! :)

  3. I want that mug cake!!!!! Looks delish!

  4. mmmm chocolatey

  5. Definitely cake in a mug!

  6. Straight up or that mug cake. I'm not too creative I guess so your ideas sound yummy. Bring some home to Vermont!

  7. Okay, okay, I'll enter too! I think I would do something with those Spodee strawberries and ice cream. Although the cake in a mug sounds pretty delish too...

  8. The mug cake and strawberries sound so yummy! I think having some mug cake and washing it down with a delicious glass of wine sounds the best!!