Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for My 100th Post

Chocolate? Yes!
Red wine? Yes please!
Cake? Uhh...Yea!
100th post....YAY!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

It is amazing to me that the food gods have allowed two things to happen:
  1. That chocolate, red wine and cake can come together in blissful harmony and 
  2. That I am able to keep up this blog in the midst of my busy life. 
Hard to believe that I have cooked, experimented with and written 100 posts!! Yay, go Kettler Cuisine!! 

100th Post on Kettler Cuisine

I was so excited when I noticed that I was approaching my 100th post that it was hard for me to decide on what to write about. One thing was obvious, write a huge THANK YOU! I have so much in store for all my followers, and can't wait to keep this blog going for many more posts. I can't express how grateful I am to many people in my life that encourage me, my love for cooking, and this blog. So thank you to my family, friends, and the culinary community for all your support. And what better way to say thank you, than with cake?

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post       Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

I've made Smitten Kitchen's Red Wine Chocolate Cake in the past and for some odd reason, waited an entire year to make it again. I DO NOT know why, for the life of me, I waited another year to try this recipe again because it is so easy and delicious!! My 100th post seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

The website recipe for Chocolate Red Wine Cake is a bit different than the cookbook recipe, but they're both delicious! This has become my go-to cake for all occasions. Not only is this an extremely easy recipe, it gives a nice excuse to open a bottle of red wine. :)

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

So, raise your glass (of red wine or preferred libation) and cheers with me....Here's to many more posts on Kettler Cuisine! 

Do you have a favorite recipe? Do you have recipes you want me to write about? Email me or "like" me on Facebook and let me know.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen Red Wine Chocolate Cake 
Yields: 9-inch round cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
3/4 cup red wine (I use a Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/4 cup milk (any kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 T all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Favorite frosting or whipped cream to top - I like Mascarpone Frosting 

Preheat the oven to 325F and line the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper (I use a pencil to trace a circle around the cake pan on the parchment paper and cut the exact size). Butter and flour the sides of the pan and parchment paper well.

In a large bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter until smooth, then add in the sugar and beat for about 3 minutes. Add the full egg and additional egg yolk and beat well. Add in the red wine, then vanilla and mix well. The batter might seem a bit uneven - no worries according to Smitten Kitchen (and Kettler Cuisine kitchen)!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

Over a separate medium mixing bowl blend the flour, cacao, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Pour into a sifter and sift about 3/4 of this mixture right over the wet ingredients. Then fold in the rest with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Test the cake (insert toothpick into the center, should come out clean) after 20 minutes. The cake will overcook fast, so watch it carefully!

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully flip the cake out of the pan and cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack. Once the cake is fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar right before serving or serve with fresh whipped cream or Mascarpone frosting...and of course, a glass of red wine!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake for 100th Post

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