Holy smokes! This is potentially one of the most smooth, creamy and decadent chocolate cakes that I have ever eaten! I was a little nervous at first to 1) make a chocolate cake from scratch, mainly due to the altitude (cakes do weird things) 2) make a cake with red wine. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. The cake is a little bitter (in a good way), and if you don’t like that just add a bit more sugar to the cake batter, or the fresh whipped cream.
time: about 1 hour
serves: about 12
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, good ‘ol Hershey’s unsweetened
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups dry red wine
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream, for serving
- Confectioner’s sugar (a few tablespoons), for whipped cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla, for whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, spray bunt pan.
- In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a larger bowl cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed and fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time to the butter and sugar mixture.
- Add the vanilla.
- Once the wet ingredients are well combined, add the dry ingredients and wine – alternating in small batches. Make sure that everything is mixed together – I didn’t and that’s why there’s some light patches of flour or whatever.
- Pour the cake batter into your greased bunt pan.
- Place the bunt pan on the middle rack, and bake for about 45 minutes.
- Once the cake has fully baked, remove from the oven and place on a baker’s rack (leave the cake in the pan for a few minutes then carefully dump right side up.
- Using a whisk and starting on a low setting (gradually moving to a faster speed) whisk your heavy whipping cream. Once the whipping cream isn’t a milk consistency add the vanilla and keep whipping. Right before the whipping cream is fully whipped (it’ll have little peaks) add the confectioner’s sugar.
- Cut the cake up into pieces and put a dollop of whipped cream on each piece and enjoy!!!