Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Red wine velvet cake with whipped mascarpone

Red-Velvet-cake.jpg
Elysium-Black-Muscat-wine.jpg

Every so often a recipe comes along that makes it almost worth hosting a party just so you have an excuse to bake it. This is that recipe. Most red velvet cakes use food colouring but this one uses wine instead, giving a much richer (and more grown-up) result.

KCal: 101 per slice

Saturated fat: 3.5g

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 16 - 20)

  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing tins
  • 400g plain flour, plus more for flouring tins
  • 430g dark brown sugar
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 530ml red wine, any variety
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 130g Dutch cocoa powder (powder that has its acids neutralised, available in supermarkets)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp table salt

For the filling:

  • 450g mascarpone cheese
  • 280g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 160˚C/fan 140˚C/gas mark 3. Line the bottom of three 23cm cake tins with parchment and butter and lightly flour the parchment and sides of the pans.

Step 2: In a mixer on medium speed, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, beat well, then the red wine and vanilla. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together, over the mixture. Mix with the machine until almost combined, then fold the rest together with a spatula.

Step 3: Divide batter between the tins. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. The top of each cake should be shiny and smooth. Cool on a rack. If your cakes have domed a bit, level the tops using a long serrated knife.

Step 4: In a medium bowl, beat the mascarpone with the icing sugar, pinch of salt and vanilla extract at medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Place the first cake layer on a cake stand or plate, and spread with one-third of the filling. Repeat with the remaining two layers. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (£20, Square Peg)

EAT WITH...

Wine expert Jane Parkinson suggests the perfect pairing

Elysium Black Muscat 2011, £12.49 (half bottle), Majestic

A pudding wine you’ll never forget, this is almost a liquid version of Turkish Delight. It’s an intensely luscious Californian wine that’s great with rich cakes like this or chocolate desserts. It’s all about succulent ripe cherries and raspberries with a little kick of dark chocolate in the mouth and is so aromatic it smells like pot pourri.

Related

honey.jpg

Honey layer cake with orange mousse

Hero.jpg

Radicchio cake with white chocolate icing

vanilla-cheesecake-hero.jpg

Vanilla cheesecake with wild red berries

Latest...

The best and coolest gluten-free restaurants, cafes and bakeries in the UK

We bring you 29 places to chow down sans gluten

23 Aug 2017

This prosecco advent calendar will have you waving goodbye to summer

We're suddenly very excited about Christmas

by Megan Murray
22 Aug 2017

Lidl is selling £3.33 bottles of prosecco – but there’s a catch

Bring on the bubbles

by Megan Murray
21 Aug 2017

A vanilla ice cream shortage is currently sweeping the UK

But it’s still 99-with-a-flake season!

by Moya Crockett
15 Aug 2017

The mobile bar that delivers gin straight to your door

Gin that delivers

by Moya Crockett
14 Aug 2017

We would screw over our friends for free pizza, study says

Well, it is pretty good. Sorry.

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The gin bauble game just got updated for Christmas 2017

We look forward to trees entirely decorated in things we can eat and drink

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The untranslatable foreign words all foodies need in their vocabulary

Put down your grief bacon and read this

by Amy Swales
09 Aug 2017

This gin is one of the best in the world – and costs under £10

It keeps topping the polls in industry taste tests, but leaves you change from a tenner

by Amy Swales
27 Jul 2017

These are the UK's best bars for indulging your love of gin

G&T, anyone...?

by Jenny Tregoning
27 Jul 2017