Love red wine and looking for a decadent, easy recipe? Here’s my recipe for the best dark chocolate red wine cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!
It’s February- the month of decadence. Sure, I’ve been trying to eat healthy and cut back on the sweets, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and when I think Valentine’s Day, I think chocolate. And red wine.
So, I headed to my local grocery store and picked up some of the best chocolate I know- Ghirardelli Dark. The squares melt beautifully and the Valentine’s Day-themed packaging is perfect. Add a splash of Josh Cellars Legacy Red into the batter and there’s just a hint of flavor in the cake.
Boozy cupcakes and desserts are huge this year, so I wanted to incorporate the best of both worlds (chocolate and red wine) into a hand-sized treat. And don’t worry about adding liquor to your baked goods- the high temp of the oven evaporates it, leaving only the taste behind. The cake is moist and delicious and the frosting is rich and silky.
I have to be honest, I almost didn’t post this recipe. Mr. Locke and The Kid had a taste test and after one bite they both told me it’s so delicious that I should keep it to myself.
Ahh, but I’m a giver.
Ready for some serious brownie…err, cupcake points?
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes Recipe
350 degrees 20 minutes or until cake bounces back
- 1 c flour
- ¾ c + 2T sugar
- ½ c milk
- 1 egg
- ¾ t baking soda
- ¾ t baking powder
- ¼ c veg oil
- ½ + ⅛ c baking cocoa
- ½ t salt
- 1 t vanilla
- ½ c wine
- ½ stick butter
- four squares Ghiraradelli dark chocolate
- 1 t vanilla
- 1T milk
- 1 ¼ c powdered sugar
Melt butter and chocolate on low. Add sugar and vanilla to mixing bowl with whisk attachment and begin mixing on low. While still is mixing, slowly pour chocolate and butter mixture into bowl. Turn mixer up to high and beat for 2-3 minutes. Add the milk. You’ll notice a change in color (frosting will get lighter). Add additional ½ t of milk at a time if frosting is too think or looks powdery.
I only ask one thing: don’t share this recipe.
Nah, I’m just kidding, share away!