What better way to celebrate the end of a semester than with chocolate cake? Chocolate cake comes in numerous forms, including flourless cakes to poke cakes to mug cakes. This red wine chocolate cake is perfect for those who want to deviate from the normal cakes, love desserts, or are wine and chocolate lovers. 

This chocolate cake takes it up another notch with the infusion of red wine, making a childhood favorite into a classy, adult-like dessert. Putting red wine in both the cake and glaze not only cuts the sweetness of the cake but also brings a slight bitter edge.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake With Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:45 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Medium


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine + 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil + 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
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  • Step 1

    Pre-heat oven to 370°F. Assemble all of the ingredients.

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  • Step 2

    Whisk together 1/3 cup avocado oil and brown sugar.

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  • Step 3

    Add in eggs to oil and sugar mixture.

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  • Step 4

    Whisk until eggs, oil, and sugar are light yellow and foamy.

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  • Step 5

    Add in cocoa powder and a portion of flour.

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  • Step 6

    Mix and add in a portion of 1/2 cup of red wine.

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  • Step 7

    Mix and repeat alternating between red wine and dry ingredients (flour and cocoa powder). Continue mixing until all of the cake ingredients are gone.

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  • Step 8

    Pour batter into a pre-greased pan.

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  • Step 9

    Bake for 20-25 minutes. To test if the cake is ready, when you stick a knife or toothpick into the cake the knife/toothpick should come out clean/minimal crumbs. Once the cake is ready, take it out and let it cool.

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  • Step 10

    While the cake is baking, start on the glaze. Place remaining ingredients (2 tbsp avocado oil, 1/2 cup wine, dark chocolate) in a pan over medium low heat until everything is melted.

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  • Step 11

    Pour into a bowl and let the glaze cool until it reaches room temperature.

    #SpoonTip: For a sweeter glaze, add in sweetener (honey, sugar, agave, etc) until desired sweetness is reached.

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  • Step 12

    Pour onto the cake. Garnish however you want and enjoy!

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