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Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake

by on February 17, 2009 · 9 comments

Update: I’m keeping this recipe here for people to look at, but I’ve found a much better red wine cake.

This is a basic red wine cake modified from a recipe I found while looking for Red Wine Cakes.

Red Wine Cake

Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour (9 oz)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 scant teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
8 oz unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup red wine
1/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 10 inch Bundt pan with flour-added cooking spray.

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa powder; set aside.

Beat butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, using high speed of electric mixer, until fluffy. Beat in oil, then add eggs one at a time, beating well.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually, alternating with wine. Stir in chips.

Pour into the bundt pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. Note: I used a black Bundt pan. If you are using a heavy lighter colored Bundt pan, bake at 350.

Cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Flip from pan and let cool completely before serving.

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Published on February 17, 2009

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Carol A, February 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Red wine and chocolate – like music to my ears!

It’s always fun and rewarding to find a good, inexpensive wine – we love Old Moon Zinfandel from Trader Joes, only $4.99 a bottle – but you do end up with some clunkers in the hunt sometimes, don’t you? I’ve tasted wines that I could feel the headache in the first sip. Not a good sign.

Sounds like a yummy cake. I’ve never made a red wine chocolate cake, I may just have to try this one! Of course, that means I have to open a bottle of red wine – oh darn…

Elyse February 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Red wine, chocolate, and spices, yes please!! This cake sounds perfect. I’m sitting down to watch some television, and I would love a slice of this awesome-looking cake right now (I’d like this much more than any glass of wine)!

Kelly February 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

That’s a great idea. Living alone I often have a cup or two leftover from bottles of wine so this is the perfect solution.

CookiePie February 18, 2009 at 5:49 am

What a great idea! Sounds delicious!

Anna February 18, 2009 at 7:06 am

Todd actually liked it so I guess it was a good use of bad wine.

dawn February 18, 2009 at 8:13 am

I was going to ask if you liked it and saw the above comment. I love trying new recipes with wine in them.

Lucy February 18, 2009 at 8:39 am

Yum! Sounds great, I’ll definetely have to make this. On another note, have you heard of the Vinturi? It is a wine aerator that is amazing! It can make bad wine taste decent and good wine great! You just hold it over your glass and pour your wine through it – very convenient, doesn’t require decanters, etc.. It runs around $35 online and it’s worth every penny, trust me! My husband & I do taste tests every time we open a bottle and we also always do it with company and all of us are amazed every time.

hulagirl247 February 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

hi anna!

hope you and the family had a lovely valentine’s day!

they say you should never cook with a wine that isn’t worth drinking on it’s own – the “theys” i have heard/read this from are quite numbered and people whom i often look to for foodie advice/recipes/inspiration. as i don’t personally consume enough wine to consider myself an enthusiast i cannot say that i speak from experience(i am a champagne kind of girl).

that being said – i know you can find some wonderful wines on the cheap – but i would never buy them without research – be it on line or with a wine specialist.

one of the best websites i have found for wine ratings (whereby i actually agree with most of their evaluations) is at – here is the link for the buying guide where you can see the rating on almost any type of wine you could imagine :

glad you found a use for the wine.
i will try to do a search for things to do with bad wine – other than making jelly, vinegar or dumping it on a compost heap.

Ashley February 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

This looks great! What’s better than combining two great ingredients like wine and chocolate?!

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