I know, red wine AND dark chocolate?? WHAT?? This is one combo you’re just going to have to trust me on. The deep flavors of the dark chocolate and red wine pair surprisingly well together, and it’s just an added bonus that you can pour yourself a glass of the leftover red wine while making these. This recipe is perfect for these chilly fall evenings, and for the Holiday season! The full recipe can be found below:
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcake Batter (inspired by Sally’s amazing chocolate cupcake recipe):
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup your favorite red wine (I used a bottle of cabernet sauvignon)
- 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
Red Wine Buttercream:
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp red wine
- red and black gel food coloring
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Ganache:
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 Tbsp red wine
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 19-20 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line cupcake tins with 12 liners.
Begin by making the red wine chocolate cupcake batter. Add dry ingredients into a bowl, and whisk together. Combine buttermilk, eggs, wine, and oil in a separate bowl, and mix into the dry ingredients in two installments. Stir until the ingredients are fully combined, then scoop equal amounts into liners using a cookie scoop (fill about 1/2 way, they will rise!). Bake for 19-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack.
While the cupcakes bake and cool, prepare the red wine frosting. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add the cream and red wine during this process. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on medium low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached. Add a few squirts of red gel food coloring, and the smallest drop of black gel food coloring. Mix until the color is evenly distributed, and is a deep red shade. Place into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip.
Next, prepare the red wine chocolate ganache. Place chopped dark chocolate and heavy cream into a heat proof bowl, and heat in microwave for 30 seconds at full heat. Stir, then heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir again, then heat for 15 seconds. Let the mixture sit for about 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Add in the red wine, then set aside.
Remove the centers from the fully cooled cupcakes using a 1 inch circle cutter or cupcake corer. Fill the center fully with a spoonful of red wine chocolate ganache.
Frost with a large swirl of red wine frosting. Warm up any leftover ganache for 30 seconds to make it more fluid, then drizzle the leftover ganache over the top of the cupcakes.
I also added a wine shaped pipette into the cupcakes, filled with wine. Because you can never have too much wine 😛