Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

Most everyone enjoys Chocolate (and those that don’t need their heads checked, but that’s just my unsolicited opinion). Also, almost everyone can also find a Red Wine that they like (even if they don’t agree with those around them on what makes it good).

These Cupcakes combine the love of chocolate & wine.

For these Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes I figured the Cupcake Winery wine would be a perfect pairing! Cupcake Winery’s Red Velvet is a combination of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah – which has all of the perfect elements to pair with chocolate! But, if you enjoy sweet fruits a great wine would be a nice Blackberry or Strawberry Wine – that would make this a very sweet variation but I can’t wait to try that!! No matter what, the flavor of the wine will be a nice subtle undertone to the cupcakes but will shine through more in the frosting, so be sure to use something that you like!

Why not enjoy these cupcakes as the end to a tasting party? You can have people bring their favorite cheese and a small tasting dish as well as a wine tat goes along with that dish. Or you could do the research and supply everything (but the cost savings, ease of planning on your part, and wide variety you will have of a BYO is a pretty awesome Silver Lining to having others bring it).

It doesn’t matter if you decide to enjoy these “Red Red Wine Cupcakes” for a special event or just because cupcakes seem like a good idea – you (my over 21 readers!) should plan to pick up a good bottle of red wine and  get ready to enjoy some tasty Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes!

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

Cake

makes about 2 dozen cupcakes

  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devils Food)
  • necessary ingredients for the Cake Mix, but using red wine where the water is called for
  • Red Wine

Frosting

this frosting will barely make enough for the cupcakes so either plan to go a little on the light side or double this frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine reduction
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Take about 2 cups of Red Wine and bring to a boil until reduced by half. Allow to come back to room temperature. Mix the cake according to the box mix using the reduced wine. Line the Cupcake Pan with liners and bake according to package directions & allow to cool completely.

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite type of (and use of) Red Wine?

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8 Responses to “Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes”

  1. These cupcakes sound YUMMY! My favorite wine – petite sirah, especially paired with salted dark chocolate

  2. Wow, this is pretty amazing. I wonder if other types of wine will make good cupcakes!

  3. Wow, these look and sound great. My favorite wine to use in cooking is Burgundy in Boef Bourguinon.

  4. The recipe worked great for the cupcakes… with the frosting however, I thing there is too high a ratio of wine… it frosting split and wa VERY wet…

    • If you notice that your frosting seems too wet – you can always just keep adding powdered sugar and continue to mix until the consistency is right. Thanks for the feedback and hope all were still able to enjoy it with split frosting!

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