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2.07.2012

Red Wine Raspberry Chocolate Cake for Two Crazy Cooking Challenge



I'm super excited to share this recipe today because this is the first Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge I've taken part of. I've been following the challenges each month and each month I say I'm doing this next time around!

And this time I finally did!

What better way to celebrate Valentines Day with your Sweetie than with a Red Wine Raspberry Chocolate Cake for Two? The red wine adds a slightly fruity tartness that pairs perfectly with the chocolate. And what is  better than the raspberry chocolate pair?

Now I'm not huge on cakes as you all know. You have seen my leaning tower of cake that I made for Chase's 3rd Birthday. It's clear I have zero decorating skills.

But I'm trying.

With each cake I'm getting better.... don't you think??

(I'll answer that question for you... YES)





Red Wine Raspberry Chocolate Cake For Two

Ingredients:

Cake: 
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar 
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup red wine ( I used a locally produced Blueberry Wine)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Filling:
1/4 cup raspberry preserves

Frosting: 
Billy's Chocolate Butter cream Frosting: Recipe from Martha Stewart 

2 cups  unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4-5 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl sift together, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In your electric mixer mix butter, sugar and egg together. When blended add in wine and vanilla extract. Slowly add in flour mixture just until it is combined.

Pour into 2 5-6 inch round cake pans ( I used my mini spring forms).

Bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

Set cakes aside to cool.

Meanwhile mix up your frosting. Over a double boiler ( I use a bot of boiling water about 2/3 full with a heat proof bowl on top) melt your chocolate mixing constantly until smooth.

Set aside to cool slightly.

In the bowl of your electric mixer beat butter until creamy.  Slowly pour in butter until it is combined. Beat on medium in milk and vanilla. Add in sugar 1/2 cup at a time. When it gets thick enough (your preference) it is done! I used the full 5 cups....

When the cakes have cooled level to tops so they are nice and flat. On your bottom layer spread the raspberry preserve all over. Top with your 2nd cake.... And frost!

(I had a boat load of extra frosting to keep in the fridge afterwards so you may be able to halve the recipe!)

This recipe was linked at...
Crumbs and Chaos: Seasonal Inspiration 

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20 comments:

  1. I think the cake looks absolutely stunning! Simple and elegant!

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  2. What a gorgeous Cake!!!!

    Please come check me out at #62 :)

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  3. I just love that picture, great job and great cake.

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  4. This looks like a most tasty cake! Chocolate and Red wine! My 2 most fav things! Come take a look at my cake #38!!

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  5. Sounds yummy and I'm intrigued about what the blueberry wine will offer to the cake. (Visiting from the CCC...I'm #60)

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  6. Never thought of adding red wine to chocolate cake before!! I bet it tasted amazing. Great job on this month's CCC!

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  7. How adorable! And a wonderful idea to make it small enough to serve 2! I keep meaning to try a chocolate wine cake, too. You make it sound so yummy! And beautifully decorated :)

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  8. This is gorgeous, and I love the raspberry filling!

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  9. Red wine cake sounds so wonderful and yours looks gorgeous.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  10. This looks so good, I love the chocolate and raspberry flavors, perfect for Valentine's Day. Stopping by from CCC#45.

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  11. Oh this looks delicious! I've been wanting to try a red wine cake! Thank you for sharing! If you haven't already check out my CCC post at http://alittletreat.weebly.com/1/post/2012/02/chocolate-cake.html

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  12. Gorgeous and am going to have to try this red wine cake. It is a total hit.

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  13. Your cake looks so pretty just in time for Valentine Day. It is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen
    #7

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  14. That sounds like a great treat for Valentines.

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  15. What a perfect dessert for Valentines Day! Just gorgeous!

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  16. what temperature does this bake at? also, could i one larger round pan instead of 2 smaller ones?

    blueblanket@hotmail.com

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  17. I love the cake! It looks really good. I'll definitely will make this. My mom and granny will be really happy.

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