Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cake combines all those delicious red wine flavors with your favorite chocolate!
This Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cake is probably the most baked cake in our family! I can’t emphasize enough how much I love this cake. The perfect counterpoint between red wine and chocolate.
A nice memory of my childhood: My mother baking a red wine cake, me helping out and later dipping it in some milk and eating it. The steps to make one are fairly simple, which makes this perfect as a surprise for your wife, even if you don’t normally bake.
You can take any kind of red wine, don’t be scared it will not taste like alcohol when the cake comes out of the oven. The red wine makes it really flavourful and because all the alcohol vaporizes while baking it’s also safe for kids to eat.
A variation which we often make in the winter time is replacing the normal red wine with mulled wine like in our German Mulled Wine Cake. Perfect for Christmas!
Red Wine Cake Recipe
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp rum
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a loaf pan.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- Add the rum and red wine to the sugar-egg mixture. Then add the flour mixture. Don’t overbeat the batter, only mix until everything is well incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, a skewer should come out clean with only a few crumbs or melted chocolate attached.
- Let the cake sit in the loaf pan for 15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and let completely cool off.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake or glaze with chocolate.