Chocolate and Red Wine Cake

After a long time, I baked a cake. It’s a chocolate cake and paired with red wine. It was a great combination and the cake was rich with both red wine and chocolate flavors. It was so moist and we could finish all within a short period of time.

Do you combine wine with recipes?

Cooking with wine is much popular in international cuisine like Italian, French cuisine etc. There are endless recipes around which combine all different types of wine into favorite dishes giving unique and classic flavor to any dish. Interestingly, when you cook with wine, the alcohol evaporates. Therefore the dish will be suitable for those who are unable to consume alcohol. Did you know that fact before?
Many international dishes include wine on their recipes. However the key to cooking flavorful dishes with wine is to choose good quality wine. Never use a wine that you would not drink. Also don’t use those so called cooking wines as they are with more salt and some other additives. You will never get the correct taste.
Although you can use any type of wine to cook, a good quality wine will add a unique flavor for the dishes you prepare. It is same with baking a cake. So, even for this chocolate red wine cake, you need to use a good quality red wine to get its rich flavor combination of chocolate and wine. If you think a good quality wine is too expensive, try to find some wine deals around. You’ll be able to buy a good quality wine for an affordable price.

 
 


I baked this cake for Valentine’s Day although I am late to post the recipe. I don’t want to highlight here how romantic the both flavors, chocolate and red wine especially for a Valentine’s Day recipe.
Found this Chocolate Red Wine Cake recipe from Food & Wine and adapted it in my Sri Lankan kitchen to suit with our taste buds, I finally came up with a irresistible chocolate cake with red wine flavor.
Anyway, I was rushing and baked the cake while my too active son was playing around all items in the kitchen. I didn’t decorate it before serving. I didn’t plan to decorate heavily though. Instead I planned to dust it with some icing sugar and to keep its flavors without disturbing with more sweet taste. Just the plain cake was fine as it was not so sweet and was full of flavors. However, below are some ideas for you to decorate this cake quickly.

Easy Decorating Ideas for Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Here are some easy decorating ideas for this Red Wine chocolate cake.
#1.Simply Dust some icing sugar over the cake. It will be nice on chocolate cake and will not give too sweet taste. Instead, you can enjoy the pairing taste of chocolate and red wine.
#2: Use a stencil over the cake and then dust some icing sugar over the cake. Check this chocolate cupcakes recipe, which I baked few years ago.
#3.Simply, use some fresh fruits to decorate the cake. Seedless grapes or strawberries are some suggestions.
Here is my recipe for red wine chocolate cake adapted from Food & Wine. If you look for chocolate cake recipes with unique flavor, try this. Sure you’d love it.
Enjoy!
Chocolate and Red Wine Cake
Chocolate and Red Wine Cake
Ingredients
2 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch-processed)
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (softened & in room temperature)
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup red wine
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Method
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom of a baking pan. Keep aside.
Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Beat butter with sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Use a handheld electric mixer, in medium-high speed, and beat for about 4 minutes. 
Then add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until all are combined. Add vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes longer.
Now add the dry ingredients and wine while slowly to the mix and beat until well combined into a batter.
Once the batter is prepared,
Scrape the batter into the prepared lined pan. Bake for 45 minutes, in 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Finally,
Allow the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After that turn it out onto a rack. Allow to cool completely. 
Serve as it is or decorate the cake before serving.
Do you cook with wine? Have you baked with wine?
If so,how do you find quality wine for your recipes?Do you search for wine deals?Please share your thoughts as comments.