I was attracted to this recipe because it was an alcohol-cake and a loved one of mine loves alcohol in his food (and chocolate as well). So yes, I had to make this.
The cake turned out a little on the dry side even though I baked it for just the right amount of time. Maybe the batter was overbeatened (lousy mixer at fault). However, the whipped cream made up with the dryness and balanced it off nicely. It really is an “adult” cake (as Smitten Kitchen had mentioned) and I would not serve it to kiddos. And yes, you can taste the red wine. Did I mention the batter was divine?
I didn’t do the topping as prescribed in the recipe but just whipped up some heavy cream with some sugar and vanilla essence to serve with the cake.
Red Wine Chocolate Cake
(taken from Smitten Kitchen; click here for recipe)
- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (179 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (177 ml) red wine, any kind you like*
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon (133 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (41 grams) Dutch cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (this is a great place for that fancy Vietnamese stuff you stashed away)
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup (118 grams) chilled heavy or whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment, and either butter and lightly flour the parchment and exposed sides of the pan, or spray the interior with a nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the egg and yolk and beat well, then the red wine and vanilla. Don’t worry if the batter looks a little uneven.
- Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together, right over your wet ingredients. Mix until 3/4 combined, then fold the rest together with a rubber spatula.
- Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. The top of the cake should be shiny and smooth, like a puddle of chocolate.
- Cool in pan on a rack for about 10 minutes, then flip out of pan and cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack. This cake keeps well at room temperature or in the fridge. It looks pretty dusted with powdered sugar.
- To make the topping: Whip mascarpone, cream, sugar and vanilla together until soft peaks form — don’t overwhip. Dollop generously on each slice of cake. It can also be covered and refrigerated for up to 4 hours.