Thursday, 13 December 2012

Let Her Eat Cake: Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake


Red wine in a cake may sound strange, but in fact it's a classic. Add some orange zest and spices and you've got a wintry mulled wine cake. There's plenty of wine left over for the chef to drink, so make sure you use a decent bottle!

Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake

You'll need:

For the cake
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 300g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4tsp ground nutmeg
  • 50g dark chocolate, grated
  • 30ml red wine
  • Zest and juice of an orange
For the icing
  • 150g butter
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Milk
Make it!
  • Preheat the oven to 180c / Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm tin.
  • Make the cake by beating together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sieve in the flour, baking powder, cocoa and spices.
  • Stir through the grated chocolate, red wine, orange zest and juice.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until cooked through.
  • Leave to cool. Meanwhile, make the buttercream.
  • Beat the butter until soft, then beat in the icing sugar, cocoa and spices.
  • Add milk until the icing is a spreadable consistency.
  • Ice the cake - you can split it and sandwich it together with icing and dust the top with icing sugar or just smother it all over.

13 comments:

  1. Oooh... I'm so going to make this at the weekend! They'll love me forever at work! Thank you for a wonderful, inspired cake!

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  2. Gosh, this looks SPLENDID. The only time I'll ever think wine and chocolate go together.

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  3. Cake and wine - what's not to like?

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  4. Omg think I have found a Christmas cake for my daughter who hates fruit cake

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  5. I'm actually making this in the office cake off next week. Oh yes. Take THAT, everyone else in the damn office.

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  6. I've just made this for tonight's Clandestine Cake Club meeting (Nantwich branch)!

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    1. Tell us more about this cake club.

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  7. Can I use leftover mulled wine instead of red wine?

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    1. No reason why not, anon. You might want to scale back on the other spices a little.

      Wait, why do you have leftover mulled wine?

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  8. Only 30ml of red wine? I wonder if you could use port instead..?

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    1. It really doesn't need any more than that (I made it again this weekend, I promise you 30ml is enough). The red wine flavour intensifies as it cooks!

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    2. I can imagine the quantity of wine is right, but I may try a splash of port instead, as I'm more likely to have a bottle of that lying around! Not 30ml of port, though. That would probably be too strong. Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying this.

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