red wine chocolate cake

Red Wine Chocolate Cake Recipe

Red Wine Chocolate Cake – Rotweinkuchen

Red Wine Chocolate Cake is called Rotweinkuchen in Germany. The red wine chocolate cake is also one of the very old fashioned traditional cakes in Germany. The batter is also easily usable for cupcakes. Find below the instructions.

Ingredients for Red Wine Chocolate Cake:

  • 250 g (10.5 oz) of butter
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) of sugar
  • 5 eggs, XL
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) of all-purpose flour
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) of Gustin OR 50 g (1.8 oz) of corn starch
  • 1 pouch of baking powder OR 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 pouches of vanilla sugar OR 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of cacao
  • 125 ml (4.2 oz) of red wine
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) of chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150 g (5.29 oz) of dark chocolate bar 70%cacao for cake icing
  • 80 g (3 oz) of dark chocolate bar 70% cacao for cupcake icing
  • Spiced gum drops for decorating the cupcakes (optional)

Preparation of the batter for cake:

With your handheld mixer, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the sugar, vanilla sugar (or extract), and salt. Beat together until creamy. Add in the red wine and continue beating the batter until the consistency is smooth. Mix the flour, corn starch, baking powder, cinnamon, and cacao together and then sift it over the egg mixture. Beat on the low speed until creamy. Heat the butter in the microwave until it has melted. Pour the butter into the bowl of the batter. Beat again until the butter is completely worked into the batter. Add in the chocolate sprinkles and mix it all with a spoon spatula, starting from the outside and working towards the center.

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Baking and finishing of the cake:


Preheat your oven to about 190°C (375°F). Fill your batter in a buttered fluted springform pan 11 inches, place it on the middle rack and bake for about 40 till 45 minutes. When done, turn the cake upside down on a cooling rack right away.

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While your cake is cooling, heat the chocolate in a bain-marie. Brush the cake with the melted chocolate and decorate it to your liking.

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serving red wine chocolate cake

Baking and finishing of the cupcakes:

(This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes).

Place the paper cupcake liners into the cupcake pan. Fill the liners about ¾ with the batter using a gravy spoon or a dispenser tip attached to a decorating bag.

Preheat your oven to about 190°C (375°F). When ready, place the cupcakes on the middle rack and bake for about 20 minutes. When done, place them on a cooling rack.

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If you would like to add the spiced gum drops, cut the bottom of the gums off so that they can better stick to the chocolate icing.

For the chocolate icing, heat up the chocolate in a bain marie until melted. Brush the chocolate onto the cupcakes and immediately stick the drops on it. Let the chocolate harden and your cupcakes are ready to be served. Enjoy!