Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes are the result of a late afternoon cupcake craving combined with my need to efficiently make use of some two day old Valpolicella.
This recipe is kind of fun. It’s adapted from an old Food & Wine recipe by Kristen Donnelly and can be made with any kind of wine. The Valpolicella gave the cupcakes kind of a chocolate-sour cherry flavor which was good, and the aftertaste lingered which was positive or negative depending on how you look at things. You could call it a “long finish”, but I’m not sure that’s what one wants in a cupcake so a fruity merlot might be more appropriate for the cake. It’s fun to experiment, though.
For the icing, I was trying to come up with something that would match chocolate cherry or complement the flavor of Valpolicella somehow. I ended up using the recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli cocoa can because really, what goes better with wine than chocolate? Okay, steak. I could have made steak frosting but didn’t think of that in time.
Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour 4.5 oz
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 3/8 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 oz unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or a little more wine if you really like the one you’re using.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake tins with paper liners.
- Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated. Divide the batter between the cupcake cups and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely. The wine flavor mellows a bit upon standing, so I recommend eating these a few hours after you make them.
- Prepare frosting. Mix together the butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Stir in the milk. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Frost the cupcakes.
I’ve never really thought about how different wines would effect baked goods! Interesting. These cupcakes sound really good.
I like cupcakes with long flavors 🙂 I have been looking for a fun recipe to try with the Garden Club, and this looks perfect for a bunch of “wino’s”. I am excited to try it, the frosting looks divine!
I have an almost empty bottle of Malbec sitting on my counter right now. Didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but this may now be dessert later in the week.
I read this post title and thought you got drunk while baking the cupcakes. Which would have been hilarious.
I’ve seen steak flavored potato chips. In fact, I bought them. They were really gross.
Kim @ Two Good Cookies
You had me at red wine. And then you added cupcake? Luuuuuurve.
Olives, bread, and cheese all go well with wine. Maybe there’s a frosting flavor there? 🙂 I love your family’s sensory take on the cupcakes while they were baking!
Jones Soda Co. (you know, all those funky flavored sodas, like Thanksgiving dinner, etc.) probably makes a Steak Soda, so you could use that in place of the wine!
Betty @ scrambledhenfruit
Steak frosting? LOL! I’d have never thought to make cupcakes with wine, but it sounds interesting! I may try it when I have an opened bottle. Thanks!
I forgot to mention this in the post so I’ll mention it here since I’m enjoying the comments. These cupcakes smelled very interesting while baking. The wine gave off a really yeast smell. I thought it smelled like a doughnut shop. Fuzz just thought it smelled like wine. Todd came home and though it smelled like paint.
Just for fun I googled steak frosting – and what came up was a link to today’s Cookie Madness!
The Blue-Eyed Bakers
Red wine?! In the cupcakes!? With the chocolate?! Oh my, you are a girl after our hearts….!