Chocolate Wine Cake Made with Love

Gal Pals? Oh yeah…. You know the ones that are the real deal. There are a few in my life where the words flow and the wine keeps us joyous company. Sometimes I need a double-dose and so I crafted this delectable Chocolate Wine Cake for those whopper moments. With this cake, you really do taste the wine. SLURP. I even added some street love with urban heart, love and kiss stencils with powdered sugar topper – an easy DIY play to give it a personal touch. So speaking of gal pals…This Chocolate Wine Cake is joining a virtual Valentine’s party with a baker’s dozen bloggers, so make sure to check out the rest of the deliciousness we’ll all be offering! #Galentinesday

Chocolate Wine Cake

CHOCOLATE. WINE. CAKE BATTER.

Start by whisking the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder in a bowl. For the cocoa powder I used Scharffen Berger’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, and then alternately fold in the dry ingredients, then the wine. While you’re at it, pour yourself a glass too…I give you permission.

Chocolate wine cake batter

For the wine, I picked up a bottle of Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon; a decent cab that’s packed with flavor that can be picked up at most grocery stores across the US.

After 45 minutes in the oven, let the cake cool completely on a rack.

So there are two options here: keeping the cake whole and stenciling on the powdered sugar, or slice and decorate individually. My Misen chef’s knife has such a clean cut; pretty-promise I’m not being paid to say that, it’s legitimately that perfect!

CONFECTIONERS SUGAR TOPPER

The best tip for you is to always sift the powdered sugar out of the bag. The reason being, the sugar can get clumpy while it sits on the grocery shelves, and you can’t do a thing with clumpy sugar. Need a sifter upgrade? My favorite is Bellemain by Epica.

Adding powdered sugar

My friend Juan made me this “dripping-heart” love stencil, but there are plenty you can find at Michael’s, Joann’s and, of course, online. One of my favorite shops is The Cookie Countess – there are oodles of stencils for cookies and cakes in their online store.

Chocolate Wine Cake

Wine and chocolate, you can’t get more romantic than that for Valentine’s Day, right? I can’t wait to share this with Steves. Once the cork pops, you really won’t be able to stop! <mwa!>

Slices of chocolate love

Check out my gal-pal blogger friends who have some rather insane desserts for your loved ones.  Cheerio.

Pink Grapefruit and Thyme Shortbread Hearts– Mary Ann from The Beach House Kitchen

Blood Orange Margarita Sorbet– Tamara from Beyond Mere Sustenance

Vanilla Rose Shortbread Cookies– Jennifer from Seasons & Suppers

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Raspberry Compote– Annie from Ciao Chow Bambina

Horchata Latte Cheesecake– Megan from Meg is Well

Chocolate Coffee Layer Cake– Katherine from Katherine in Brooklyn

Chocolate Topped Seed and Nut Bars– Suruchi from This Brown Kitchen

Chocolate-Bottomed Strawberry Fool– Allison from Seek Satiation

Earl Grey Frosted Brownies– Madeline from Madeline Hall

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies– Cathy from What Should I Make For

 

Chocolate Wine Cake

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Chocolate Wine Cake

By TheSweetNerd  

February 4, 2018

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups dry red wine

Confectioner's sugar, for dusting

Heart stencils, for dusting

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a bundt pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

2In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated.

3Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely. Dust the cake with confectioner's sugar using the heart stencils.

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63 Comments

  • Kendall Haun
    10 months ago

    I absolutely looove the way that you give us options! This way on days I’m feeling down I can eat the whole cake but on days I’m trying to be good I can eat one slice but I never have to compromise how damn cute they are. Yuuum!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      thanks Kendall. I think you will love eating the WHOLE thing. i dare ya!

  • Absolutely perfect and so pretty! Love those stencilled hearts 🙂 A great cake to share with our Galentine’s 🙂 Thanks so much for all your work organizing this fabulous Galentine’s part, Cindy!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      My pleasure Jennifer. Loved loved the vanilla pie with florals. Nothing short of perfection!

  • 10 months ago

    Can’t get any more romantic than this! Wine & chocolate….a favorite combination of mine! Thank you for organizing this awesome collaboration, my friend! PS) I love your process shots! I want to hang in your kitchen with you, pal!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Right? Thanks Annie. Maybe one day when you come out to the West Coast, you can come over and we can have a cook out. Your bring the Italian, I will bring the latin, and watch out!

  • Rose
    10 months ago

    You had me at wine! Beautiful details…and wine and chocolate? I’m in! Love the great photos. Makes my GALentine baking much more doable!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      You have so many Rose. I can only imagine what an amazing friend you must be to your gal-pals. Coffee or wine? They will love ya either way.

  • Eva
    10 months ago

    LOVE the heart stencils for the cake!! Such a great and easy idea for Valentine’s, who doesn’t love chocolate and wine!?

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Right? It pretty much is an amazing como. Thanks Eva.

  • 10 months ago

    The stenciling is absolutely stellar! WOW! Really adds an extra amazing dimension to a cake as luxurious as this. 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Awww shucks. Thanks so much Allison. I am blushing.

  • I bet this cake is insanely delicious Cindy! And the confectioners’ sugar designs on top?! Adorable! LOVE this one! So perfect for Galentine’s Day!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Thanks MaryAnn. Anything with sugar on top is near perfection. XO

  • Alicia Moisa-Duran
    10 months ago

    A wine cake, thats my husbands dream cake! May I order one, ha ha just kidding. This cake is amazing, it not only looks great but I am sure it is delicious and chocolate cake is my favorite. Your instructions are excellent, I may try to make this. Love the stencil idea too.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Thanks Alicia! So glad you love it and your hubby would absolutely be smiling from ear to ear with this cake for Vday.

  • Cheryl
    10 months ago

    This looks absolutely perfect for Vday night! Excited to try. Thanks for linking to all the other recipes as well 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Of course! The more the better is my mantra. (that includes wine and choco too)

  • Ryan A.
    10 months ago

    This is the most gorgeous recipe! I am in love with the lips decoration – does Juan sell his stencils online? Are there any plans to? Thanks for sharing!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      No plans at the moment for selling stencils. It does seem like a fun idea! Juan would crush it of course. XO

  • Kim T
    10 months ago

    Wow! Scrumptious. Adorable. Whimsical. What a perfect cake for V-Day!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Thanks Kim. You are the best and I promise you would love love love this. You really do taste the wine.

  • This cake is just perfection, Cindy!!! I mean a chocolate wine cake!? Brilliant!!! But, I especially adore that you can actually taste the red wine in this cake!!! I’m swooning over this, my dear!! Heavenly deliciousness up in here!! Pinning! Cheers! xoxo

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      You are the best Cheyanne. Thanks for your continued love. You will like this one I promise!

  • Relees
    10 months ago

    You’re a true authority both in baking and in making your friends feel extra special with all the love and thought you put into your creations.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Thanks Relees. I love being an authority and special friends deserve special love.

  • 10 months ago

    Chocolate + red wine=perfection! If I make it in the morning, can I still pour myself a glass? Lol. I am intrigued by the comment that you really can taste the wine in the cake, so I will have to make it for sure!

    Happy Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day darling!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      You absolutely can. This isn’t for the kiddos which makes it that much more divine. XO

  • Natalie Pinedo
    10 months ago

    Ahh! I might actually get off Paleo to try this!! looks delicious! I love the heart stencils ❤️❤️❤️

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Awww love. This is perfect no diet pre wedding material.

  • Tessa
    10 months ago

    I love the idea of galentines – these ladies you’re throwing this party with are so talented. You’re not too shabby yourself! I love the stencils, and I love your street art style. You go, girl.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Thanks Tessa. Love your support and would love to make this for you my love.

  • Alissa
    10 months ago

    Perfect pair…wine and chocolate, yes please! LOVE all your gorgeous baked goods.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Right? I love wine and chocolate too. Thanks Alissa. Appreciate the love.

  • Katherine Meyer
    10 months ago

    Wow! This looks incredible and I cannot wait to try this recipe! Also loving the gal appreciation day too – super cute and so needed. Stencil art = perfection!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Thanks momma. Love you K. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  • 10 months ago

    This literally sounds like the most insanely perfect treat for VDay. Like Can i have a slice now please??

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Totes! I love to share a glass with you and have some great convo.

  • 10 months ago

    I love those stenciled hearts so much!! You always add such cool flares to your delicious desserts!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Thanks Meg! I love street art and so I wanted to give it a little urban love. Appreciate that HUGE compliment.

  • Oooh! A slice of this decadent beauty & a glass of vino sound like the perfect evening to me. . .albeit a double trouble kind of night. 😉 Juan did a great job on that stencil. It really takes this cake to the next level Cindy.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      10 months ago

      Awww, thanks Lynn. I loved the urban feel of these stencils.

  • Cindy Park Kim
    10 months ago

    One of my fave things to do with you is drink wine 😉 The cake looks so good and will definitely be trying my hand at it for Valentine’s Day…it’s actually the anniversary of George and my first date. You always make things look so easy, delicious and beautiful. Always an inspiration lady!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      RIght? I promise it is easy. Happy Anniversary!

  • Trudi Callon-Mesa
    10 months ago

    Ok, now I MUST have some of this cake! Chocolate and wine, two of my favorite things. My mouth is watering just reading this! Hmmm….

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      You need some is right! Maybe I will whip this up for our next gal pal night.

  • Tawny
    10 months ago

    You are so creative Cindy! Chocolate and wine pairs so well together so I’m sure this will taste AMAZING 😉

    xx

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      You would love it Tawny. And, i promise it is the easiest cake to make.

  • Mary
    10 months ago

    Mmmm! Making this recipe for sure. Wine chocolate cake! Loving all your recipes and great ideas that come with it. 🍷🍰

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Thanks Mary. I appreciate the love. XO

  • Anna Ehrlich
    10 months ago

    Wow, this would be a hit in our house! Sounds like it would be super moist and delish! Plus, I love the hearts on top! Beautiful cake Cindy! Need to try this one!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Thanks Anna. I think you might only be able to have one slice, hee hee.

  • 9 months ago

    This is stunning! I love the design with the powdered sugar!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Awww, thanks so much. I promise it will taste better than it looks.

  • Julie
    9 months ago

    This is what I’m talking about! Looks amazing and the house looks great, too! 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      Ha ha! You would know. 😉

  • 9 months ago

    First of all, beautiful photos! This looks so yum. I don’t even drink wine and I want to eat this cake!

  • Lorna Umphrey
    9 months ago

    This is such a beautiful cake and I love the stencils. Perfect for V-day or…any day!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      9 months ago

      The stencils are really easy – and they really add a personal touch. Thanks Lorna!

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