EF Family Cookbook: German Chocolate Wine Cake Recipe
For the fifth treasured family recipe in our Everlasting Footprint Family Cookbook, Cindy Readnower shares her friend Gina Ruzic-Jahn’s recipe for this homemade chocolate cake, both easy and decadent. Because it’s made with red wine, it’s worthy of celebrations like next week’s New Year’s parties.
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In this multi-cultural world, it’s fun to be introduced to traditions of friends and their families. My good friend Gina grew up with a mother, Ruth Wolter-Ruzic, from Braunschweig, Germany, and a father, Vlasta Ruzic, from Negotin, Yugoslavia, which is now part of Serbia. Gina’s parents married in Germany in 1949, before immigrating to Dayton, Ohio, where they brought their unique family heritage. Carrying on traditions from both countries, Gina learned to speak German fluently as a child, and spoke some Yugoslavian as well. And she learned to love traditional German recipes.
Ruth Ruzic, 75, and Vlasta Ruzic, 90, in 2003. Ruth passed away from cancer 6 months later, and Vlasta died “of a broken heart” shortly after
Ruth fed her family dinners of traditional recipes for dishes like Rouladen (beef wrapped around pickles with mustard), Hazelnut Torte, and Apple Kuchen. Gina later lived in Germany for 20 years and married a German citizen, who also introduced her to his family recipes for dishes like Ribchem (smoked pork chops smothered in sauerkraut).
Gina’s mother Ruth was a wonderful cook, and she passed down many traditional German recipes to Gina. I have sampled several of these ladies’ incredibly flavorful meals and have learned to admire German foods. Although many meals may be seen as heavy, the German philosophy of activity and frequent walking seems to help their health. When I visited Germany, I admired elderly people hiking up large hills and keeping up with younger crowds.
A unique, unusual dessert that uses familiar ingredients is Ruth and Gina’s treasured family recipe for German Chocolate Wine Cake. This moist chocolate cake recipe is easy, and the addition of wine gives it a nice twist of taste.
It doesn’t take a lot of work for this homemade chocolate cake, and the cake itself makes a nice presentation. Everyone “ooohs” and “ahhhs” at the results of this decadent chocolate cake recipe.
Chocolate Wine Cake Recipe