Our friend Paige couldn’t make it to Bourbonfest where she was supposed to bring some amazing bourbon brownies. She made up for that in a serious way by coming through with this chocolate red wine cake. Can you say….”Ah-mazing?”
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 50 min.
2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. dry red wine
Red Wine Chocolate Ganache (see recipe below)
powdered sugar for dusting
RED WINE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
1/2 c. heavy cream
8 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 T. red wine
Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:
Preparing Chocolate Red Wine Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour bundt pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
2. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated.
3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely. Top with Red Wine Chocolate Ganache and dust the cake with powdered sugar and serve.
FOR THE GANACHE:
Heat the cream until almost boiling, then add to chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes before stirring. Stir until completely smooth, then add red wine and stir again. Let cool to your desired consistency, then pour over cake.