Decadent Chocolate Wine Cake
Snack cakes are probably the easiest and quickest cakes to make from scratch. They involve super basic ingredients and usually made in own bowl and with a whisk or a wooden spoon. You don’t even need to bring out your hand or standing mixer.
I thought I would amp up a basic chocolate snack cake by adding some wine. Truth be told I made this cake for National Wine Day. I was looking for a good dessert wine pairing and came across this little gem of a recipe from Food and Wine. I tweaked it ever so slightly. I used chocolate chips because that’s what I had on hand and I also used pure cane syrup instead of corn syrup for the ganache because I personally like using it instead of corns syrup. I also added some grated chocolate over the ganache and some pink salt as I usually do to most chocolatey things as you may have noticed.
As soon as I saw the recipe I knew I had to try it. I wondered what it would taste like and how strong the wine flavour would be. If you love red wine you will definitly love chocolate wine cake. If you don’t, you may not know that there’s wine in it but you will definitely know it’s more than chocolate in the cake. The wine adds a richness to to the cocoa flavour. It doesn’t taste like alcohol (or alcoholy as I say) in it but if you are looking for it you will taste wine. A luxurious kind of flavour in a such a simple cake.
The flavour carries into the ganache too which is quite silky and decadent and deliciously coats the cake. Chocolate wine cake has a nice light and crumbly texture to it. Not overly moist but not dry as well. It’s just the right texture. Me and my husband both loved this cake. We easily ate two pieces right after we shot these pics and then we gave a few slices to a dear friend of ours who also loved it and she is not a wine drinker.
That being said - would I serve and make this for everyone? Probably not, unless you are taking it where there might be another option for dessert as some may not want alcohol in their dessert or may not like wine. I am definitely making it again and again for my family cause we love it. This would be a fabulous cake for a wine and cheese party or gathering where you know everyone will appreciate a little wine in their dessert. Cause what’s a better treat in life than wine and chocolate after all?
For the cake
- ½ cup unsalted butter (4 ounces), melted, plus more for greasing
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon or red wine of choice, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the ganache
- 1 (3-ounce) semisweet chocolate baking bar, (or chocolate chips which is what I used) finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
- 1 tablespoon pure cane syrup or light corn syrup
- ¼ cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon, warmed
- Flaky sea salt
For the cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. And grease a 9-inch round cake pan (or a square brownie pan like I used) with butter and line with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together granulated sugar, egg, and melted butter until pale.
Next whisk in 1 cup wine and vanilla.
Add flour mixture, and whisk to combine.
Scrape batter into prepared pan, and smooth top.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cake cool completely.
For the ganache
Place chopped chocolate, butter, and pure cane syrup/corn syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave at high in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring between intervals. (Alternatively can be done on the stovetop in a small pan in low heat)
Stir in powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons wine. Let stand at room temperature until slightly thickened then spread over cooked cake and serve with a glass of wine if you wish.