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Crème de cassis adds a welcome twist to this easy chocolate cake topped with fresh summer berries, and whipped cream frosting makes decorating it a cakewalk.
What to buy: Crème de cassis (black currant liqueur) is available at most grocery and liquor stores.
Game plan: You can make this cake ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you serve it. Try to keep it away from anything that will give off strong odors, as the whipped cream will pick up odors easily.
Make sure that all the ingredients (except the heavy cream) are at room temperature before using them in the cake.
Beverage pairing: Cornet & Cie Banyuls Rimage, France. This recipe is a wine pairer’s dream, as it brings the flavors of wine right into the chocolate. Banyuls is from the south of France and makes the world’s most chocolate-friendly wines. They’ve got some mineral integrity to take on the darkest of chocolates, but also the integrated fruit flavors of cassis and cherry to make a harmonious match.