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Chocolate Wine Cake

This rich chocolate wine cake recipe, provided by Margot Murdock Murphy, uses a Nordic Ware Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan.

  • Yield: Serves 10 to 12
Chocolate Wine Cake

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


For the Cake

  • Nonstick vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (10 2/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 box (.3 ounce) sugar-free black cherry gelatin
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Wine Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-cup Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate in a small bowl placed over a small saucepan of simmering water. Let cool 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine wine and milk; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and the granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat for 2 minutes. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk flour, gelatin, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine. Add to mixer bowl, along with the wine mixture, and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Using a plastic knife, carefully loosen cake from the pan; invert onto a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely.

  6. Prepare the glaze: Combine the butter, wine, and confectioners' sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Set aside until ready to serve.

  7. Dust cake lightly with confectioners' sugar. Slice cake and drizzle with glaze.

Reviews (5)

  • Noeasypleaser 1 Jan, 2011

    I made this for New Year's Eve and it was perfect! Thank God I did not omit the Sugar-free Cherry Jello as I had considered replacing it with something more natural- it made the cake! Great texture and complex flavors. This one is a keeper! AND it was actually a breeze to make! One of the easier Martha Stewart recipes.

  • slko 3 Jan, 2009

    I love the complex flavors of this cake. The cherry jello is a perfect, subtle complement to the red wine, which pairs so well with bittersweet chocolate. The texture of the cake is incredibly lite, which is a nice contrast to the rich taste. The glaze is also an elegant finish rather than icing. My only comment on the recipe is that both times I've made this cake, the cooking time has been more than 55-60 min in my accurate oven (I have a thermometer in there).

  • ShantaR 3 Nov, 2008

    I made this last weekend for a gourmet travelling dinner. It was delicious and rich. Fantastic. I'll make this again for sure.

  • ShantaR 3 Nov, 2008

    I made this last weekend for a gourmet travelling dinner. It was delicious and rich. Fantastic. I'll make this again for sure.

  • melanie78 28 Oct, 2008

    This cake is DELICIOUS!!!! All my guests loved it!! And they were really impressed too!!

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