This fascinating combination of flavors renders a soft and uniquely flavored cake. Wine and chocolate complement each other very well. With or without the glaze, it's a fantastic recipe to make in different types of pans.
After almost two days without an internet connection, again, this post is a bit late, but the raspberry wine bundt cake is just as good.
And it's made with homemade raspberry liqueur, one of many I started working on two months ago.
So let's talk about berry bundt cakes, which is the theme chosen for this month.
Cake + berries is open to many ideas, but I had to work with an alternative, as fresh berries weren't found in the market, the fall is really in full swing and I had already made one white chocolate raspberry bundt and had a strawberry chocolate cake coming this Friday, and my secret stash of frozen blueberries was lost in the flood.
But then I saw my wonderful homemade raspberry liqueur, made with fresh berries, vodka, and vanilla bean, quietly sharing space with my other bottles, a deep red clear water of the freshest kind.
I had planned on using it a few weeks ago, but it had gotten better since that obviously didn't happen. And a deeper red too.
So raspberry wine bundt cake it would be, and a chance to make one of my favorite recipes of all times. For those who know me and my blog, it's no surprise how much I like to put booze in my baking. So much, it's almost embarrassing. But it's better to step up to our own obsessions.
This cake is all about the flavor, a combination of deep chocolate, spicy something not quite distinguishable, which I assume is the mix of booze and good cinnamon, and a melty texture to top. It all makes me go back for another bite, and another, and then another slice.
The day was a sunny fall day, with clear skies and a nice temperature, and this cake was the perfect ending. For those who thought it was simply a chocolate cake, it surprised them in the best possible way, similar to what happens with this chocolate mousse cake. And I saw two more go down the same path I had, one bite, then another, then another slice...
The homemade raspberry liqueur is one of many I've been macerating for a few months. Man, I'm obsessed. So easy and so good. Especially for baking.
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For the cake:
- ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup (190g) firmly packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup (65g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup raspberry liqueur (see recipe below)
- ⅓ cup sweet white wine (such as late harvest)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (175g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Scant ½ teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 or 3 tablespoons raspberry liqueur (see recipe below)
For the liqueur:
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 vanilla bean
For the cake:
- Preheat oven to 350º. Butter or spray a bundt pan. I used a silicone pan.
- In a large bowl beat butter until creamy, about 1minute. Gradually add both sugars, beating until very creamy, about 3 or 4 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating for a minute after they're incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, sift together all the rest of the ingredients of the cake. (I do it directly over the butter mixture).
- Add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the raspberry liqueur and white wine in two additions. Mix until very well blended but don't overmix at this point.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes, our until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack for twenty minutes or so, and then unmold onto rack and let cool completely.
- Drizzle glaze over top of cake, letting it drip to the sides. You can add more fresh raspberries on top.
For the glaze:
- Mix powdered sugar with raspberry liqueur.
- Add fresh raspberries or some from the liqueur, and swirl a few times to marble.
For the liqueur:
- In a glass jar or bottle, add raspberries and vodka.
- Cover and keep in a dark dry place for 2 weeks.
- Add the vanilla bean to the liquid and keep covered in the same place for 2 more weeks.
- The liqueur takes about a month to be ready to use. You can substitute it with a store-bought one.
- I halved the cake recipe because I was using a medium mold. If you want to make 3 layers, double it and use a mascarpone filling and frosting, as the book suggests.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Cakes
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: International
Keywords: chocolate wine cake
Barely adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman