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Spiced chocolate red wine cake

February 15, 2012
Author Notes

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen's red wine cake, this cake is rich, chocolate-y, wine-y and spicy! —JessicaBakes

  • Makes 1 3-tier cake
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 2 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups room temp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups moderately packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups red zinfandel
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ancho chile powder
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Sift the dry cake ingredients together. Preheat the oven to 350 and parchment and butter 3 8" round cake pans.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until very creamy and light in color--about 8 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Then scrape down the bowl once all eggs are in and beat again for about 4 minutes on medium speed. Add the vanilla, beat to incorporate.
  3. In three additions, add the dry ingredients, alternating with the red wine, beating just to combine. At the end, scrape down the bowl and beat once more until everything is just combined. Pour the batter evenly into the three pans and bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't overbake as these cakes are so delectably moist!
  4. For the frosting, melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, cream the butter in your stand mixer until very light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes on medium-high. Add the room temperature chocolate and beat to incorporate. Finally, add the salt, spices and mascarpone. Beat well, incorporating fully and scraping down the bowl at least once.
  5. Frost the cake as you normally would, adding about a 1/2 cup of frosting between each layer and providing a generous amount on the top and outside. The cake will keep for 1-2 days, covered.
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