As we have already established, I do not like red wine. My VLSO does, but it’s usually not his drink of choice (a pint of stout trumps red wine hands down). When he does indulge in red wine, he is happy to have just a glass or two, and then doesn’t really feel like having it for at least two weeks. This is why our household is regularly home to that elusive oddity: Leftover Wine.* Well, we can certainly not have it go to waste, so we shall turn it into a delicious chocolate cake. People who like red wine love this cake; people who hate red wine love this cake. It’s a very good cake: moist and intensely double-chocolatey.
I make this in a 9” x 5” loaf pan as that’s what I happen to have, but as you can see, the cake is on the flat side; I think an 8” x 4” would be a better fit.
Chocolate & Red Wine Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
115 g butter
½ cup caster sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dry red wine
100 g dark chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 170 C. Butter and flour a loaf pan (9”x 5” or 8” x 4”).
In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter with the sugars until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla and beat well.
Alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated.
Stir in chopped chocolate.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a rack to cool completely.
Dust the cake with confectioner’s sugar for a prettier presentation – and a dollop of whipped cream would not go amiss.
*I never contribute to these rare sightings, myself. If I open a bottle of wine, I will consume a bottle of wine. It’s a point of honour for me. Quite frankly, VLSO’s inability to consume a whole bottle of red within a week of its opening in my opinion indicates that red wine really is pretty bad. Indisputable evidence.