Red Wine Cake Recipe is a delish cake for special occasions. If you love wine and chocolates too then nothing can out beat this cake, wherein wine is not only added to the cake batter but is also used for soaking it. A perfect cake for anniversaries or for Valentine’s Day!


Wine Cake recipe



This wine cake recipe is an eggless one and is made using whole wheat flour.

In my Christmas Cake, I may not have soaked fruits in Rum but this chocolate cake is drenched in wine, that too red wine. If looking for more recipes with alcohol, then try my easy Chocolate Truffles in which Rum is added.

As the pic says a lot, I made this wine cake for an anniversary and of none other than myself and my dear hubby. As we celebrated our 26th anniversary this year, so still having the hangover of last year’s silver jubilee celebrations, I decided to keep it very low-key and a simple one only. Also, as my nephew too has started baking and was baking a cake for us so I was not in a mood to bake at all. But then hubby dear came up with the idea of Red Wine Cake and I just couldn’t say ‘no’ then.

And then on the same day that too in a jiffy, I baked this easy chocolate cake with lots of wine in it. I purposely avoided adding any dried fruits or any such thing and kept it plain chocolate cake only. And it turned out to be one delish cake! If you love wine and chocolates too then nothing can out beat this cake.

And another specialty of this cake is its frosting. If you are thinking that it’s a Chocolate ganache then please have a look again. There is no chocolate in it. Instead, it’s chocolate jelly made with cocoa powder and Agar powder. Isn’t it interesting?


chocolate Cake with red wine


How to Make 

I kept the recipe very simple by simply making a chocolate cake and adding wine to it. I added red wine to it but you can go with the same or may opt for white wine too.

Also, I did two things to augment the taste of wine in this cake.

Firstly, I kept it a low height cake and secondly, as mentioned above, once the cake was baked and cooled slightly then I poked it from the top and brushed lots of red wine on it so that it found its way to the center of the cake as well. This was one step I would highly recommend you to go through if you love wine. For making the chocolate cake I followed a slightly different recipe this time and was happy with the results. You can follow this or any other chocolate cake recipe too.



Ideas For Frosting Red Wine Cake

I was having multiple ideas for frosting it but obviously, had to go with anyone only. Since I made a chocolate cake with red wine so the obvious frosting was of chocolate ganache. But I decided to go with a new one this time.

This frosting is like chocolate Jelly and is more or less like my chocolate sauce recipe with slight changes and the addition of Agar powder instead of cornflour which helps in setting this frosting beautifully.

I am sharing the other ideas below, so feel free to choose whichever you like the most!



Step By Step Recipe

A. For The Wine Cake

Curdle milk

Sift dry ingredients

Add oil, sugar and essence to curdled milk

Mix dry ingredients into wet and add wine too

Pour it in the baking pan

bake for 35 minutes

Poke holes

B. For Frosting

make chocolate jelly

Red Wine Cake




Q) Does Wine Evaporate While Baking?


Q) How to Bring Out the Taste of Wine in Wine Cake?

As wine does evaporate to some extent while baking. So, instead of adding more wine into the batter isn’t it better to add it over and above it once baked? So, I prefer brushing more on the top when it is baked and cooled. And trust me, it definitely is a better option and I am sure you will agree with me. And this is the best way to taste a lot of wine in your chocolate cake.

Q) Can I make this cake vegan?

If you want to make this a vegan cake then either use almond/cashew milk or you may follow my Vegan Chocolate muffins Recipe and then proceed as given in the recipe below. Also, for frosting, you may use non-dairy whipping cream.

New To The World Of Baking?

If you have recently started baking cakes or are having difficulty in baking cakes then I would suggest you to go through 16 TIPS FOR BAKING A GOOD CAKE  and CAKE BAKING MISTAKES as well.

TEATIME CAKE, RAGI CHOCOLATE MUFFINS and VEGAN ORANGE BLUEBERRY CAKE are some really easy recipes perfect for beginners.


Related Recipes

Some other cake recipes for Birthday or other celebrations that you may like to try are:

And, if you are not fond of frosting, then you must try this Mawa Cake.

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Eggless Red Wine Chocolate Cake

A delish cake for the lovers of wine and chocolate both.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6


My Cup Measures 240 ml

    For The Cake

    • 1 Cup 130 g Whole Wheat Flour
    • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
    • A Pinch of Salt
    • 1/4 tsp Instant Coffee Powder Optional
    • 1 Cup Milk Warm
    • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 1/4 Cup Oil
    • 3/4 Cup Coconut Sugar/Jaggery Powder
    • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
    • 3/4 Cup Red Wine

    For the Frosting

    • 1/2 Cup 120 ml Cream
    • 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
    • 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar/Jaggery Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
    • 1/4 Cup Water
    • 1 Tbsp Agar Powder + 1/2 Cup Water

    For Topping

    • 2 Tbsp Desiccated Coconut
    • Few Silver Balls


    For The Cake

    • Take lukewarm milk, add lemon juice to it and keep it aside for 5 to 10 minutes. During this time the milk will curdle and turn into buttermilk and that's what we want.
    • Sift whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt at least 6 to 7 times. Sifting wheat cakes multiple times is the key to get light cakes, so do not skip this point.
    • In the curdled milk, add oil, coconut sugar and vanilla essence and mix everything.
    • Mix in the sifted dry ingredients into this in 2 or 3 batches.
    • Lastly add 1/4 cup wine and mix it. The batter should be of flowing consistency. If too thick, then add some milk.
    • Now is the time to rest the batter at least for 10 minutes so that gluten gets time to relax which will give better texture to the cake.
    • Preheat oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
    • Grease a 6" or 7" cake pan and put the batter into it.
    • Tap the cake pan so that air bubbles, if any, are released.
    • Bake it for 30 to 35 minutes or till the skewer inserted inside it comes out clean.
    • Once baked, wait for 10 to 15 minutes, loosen the edges of the cake using a knife and invert it on a wire rack.
    • Let it cool completely.
    • Once cooled, poke holes into using a fork and put wine into this either through a brush or spoon. By doing this, the wine will seep into the cake rendering its full taste into it.
    • Cover it with chocolate ganache or icing sugar or go for the frosting given below.

    For Frosting

    • In a pan, take cocoa powder, jaggery powder, water, cream and vanilla essence. Mix everything and cook for a minute or so till jaggery is dissolved fully.
    • Dissolve Agar powder in 1/2 cup water and boil it for a minute. This is very necessary to activate Agar so do not skip this point.
    • Mix the activated Agar solution into the cream solution and just cook it for 10 to 20 seconds.
    • Let it cool slightly. If cooled more then it will set in the pan only.
    • Now, keep the cake on a wire rack/mesh and place it over a bowl. Pour this frosting over the cake, drippings will be collected in the bowl placed below the mesh.
    • For chocolate hearts, spread the frosting mix on the kitchen platform. It will set within few minutes and then cut shapes from it.
    • Arrange these shapes on your cake and a delectable red wine chocolate cake is ready to be devoured.


    1. I used red wine, you may go for white wine too.
    2. I used coconut sugar as its GI is very low. You can use the same or jaggery powder or any other sweetener of your choice.
    3. Coffee powder enhances the taste of chocolate but still, it is optional.
    4. Take warm milk only otherwise it will not curdle after adding lemon juice.
    5. Lemon juice can be substituted with vinegar. Use 1 tsp vinegar in that case.
    6. Use normal dairy cream for the frosting. I used Amul. For making it vegan, use non-dairy cream.
    7. In case the chocolate jelly mix sets before pouring it over the cake then heat it and it will be liquidy again.
    Keyword Red Wine Cake, Wine Cake

    Happy Baking…

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