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
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup whole milk
3 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. Spodee
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.