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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.


  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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?

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

    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!

    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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