Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Finally, the Red Wine Chocolate Cake.....This cake recipe was in my mind for sooo long and I wanted to bake it the very next minute I got the recipe, but somehow it got delayed due to some or other reasons....."Better late than never" and I am glad I baked it....I would say this was the best cake that I had ever baked and taste-wise--it was the best!! *smiles*...


I had a bottle of homemade wine which my Papa had given me for last Christmas (to soak the fruits for the Christmas cake)….The wine was a bit sweeter and so I used it for this cake…..The wine gave a rich flavour to the chocolate cake…In short, the cake was too delicious and it got even more better the next day, when all the flavors of the cake matured….


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: The Pastry Affair

Butter - 1/2 cup (softened)
Light brown sugar - 3/4 cup
Granulated sugar - 1/3 cup
Egg, large - 1
Red wine - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
All-purpose flour - 1 1/4 cups
Cornstarch - 3 tbsp
Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp


Method:
  • Pre-heat oven to 165 C. Grease a bundt form pan or a loaf pan.
  • Sieve together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Reserve.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla essence and beat until smooth. Beat in the red wine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wine mixture slowly, mixing until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 50-60 mins.
  • Allow to cool for 10 mins in the pan. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Transfer to a cake plate and dust some icing sugar and serve.
Notes:
  • The original recipe uses 1/4 cup plain yoghurt also. Since I didn't have yoghurt, I used 1 cup of red wine instead.
  • The red wine I used is homemade and it was quite sweet. So, I skipped the granulated sugar. Taste your wine before adding the sugars.
  • For those who don't prefer wine, you could use buttermilk instead.
  • Lastly, though the cake uses wine, it can be equally consumed by kids too. (No probs with my kids...*winks*)