Spiced Red Wine Chocolate Cake

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Tuesday was my birthday.  I am still not in possession of the largest appetite in the world so I skipped the traditional cake and ice cream Tuesday night.

But my husband is taking his mother out for Mother’s Day this weekend and I figured, since we will have family visiting from out of town, I might as well make myself the cake I would have made on Tuesday.  Since there will be people to share it with.

Though once I tried this cake I was a little less sold on the sharing idea.  It is delicious!  Fudgey, rich, moist, chocolatey and spiced heaven on a fork.  The mascarpone whipped cream topping is completely optional; the cake would be fantastic with just some powdered sugar dusted on top, but I really enjoyed the clean cool sweet of the topping with the chocolatey spice of the cake.

*Note: I used a Spiced red wine. You can use whatever red wine you like but if you are not using a spiced variety I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp good ground cinnamon.

Spiced Red Wine Chocolate Cake

from The Smitten Kitchen

6 tbsp butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

3/4 cup red wine

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

 

Mascarpone and whipped cream topping

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-in round cake pan and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat well.

Next add in the red wine and vanilla.  The batter will look grainy but not to worry.

Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir just until it comes together.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.  A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean.  Let the cake cool completely.

To make the topping, first whip the cream until soft peaks form. Then add in the mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla.  Beat them all together until stiff peaks form.

Serve the cake with a dollop of the mascarpone cream on each slice.

 

Spiced Red Wine Chocolate Cake

6 tbsp butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

3/4 cup red wine

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Mascarpone and whipped cream topping

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-in round cake pan and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat well.

Next add in the red wine and vanilla.

Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir just until it comes together.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let the cake cool completely.

To make the topping, first whip the cream until soft peaks form. Then add in the mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla.  Beat them all together until stiff peaks form.

Serve the cake with a dollop of the mascarpone cream on each slice.

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