Red wine and chocolate – a girl’s best friend! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the planning for love is underway.
For some, Valentine’s Day is a small affair, although depending on your partner, the requirements may be a bit more extravagant.
To enjoy Valentine’s it helps to spread the love to family and friends. Why not show your appreciation to the ones that make your day-to-day life special? Encouraging children to show their love and appreciation to others, for instance, is valuable beyond one day a year. Finding the joy of giving to others – there is no other sentiment more important, the realization that life isn’t all about you, as much as the love and support of the people in your life.
Okay, maybe the saturation of negative social media and the monotony of politics are getting to me. Spread some love and enjoy the flavours of wine and chocolate – the people in your life will thank you. Take care of each other and happy cooking!
Red Wine Chocolate Cake
1 cup soft butter
1-1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cup red wine
1-1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup of whipping cream
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup of red wine
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, as well as vanilla.
Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon together.
Add to the wet ingredients. To add the flour mix to the butter mix, alternate red wine and flour blend three times. Pour batter into buttered and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 F until a wooden skewer comes out clean, approximately 45 minutes.
Allow cake to cool slightly and run a thin knife along the pan to loosen the edges. Do not cut through the cake –angle it towards the side of the pan.
Put pan on the plate bottom side down to allow the cake to fall out. Allow to cool further.
Prepare to make the glaze.
In a glass measuring cup add chocolate, butter and cream. Place in microwave and melt for approximately 2 minutes. Pour in the red wine and stir together. Drizzle over the cooled bundt cake. Slice and enjoy.