Decadent Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you my recipe for a decadent Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake. This dessert is the perfect treat for special occasions, date night, or simply indulging in a little bit of life’s sweetness.

What sets this cake apart is the addition of rich red wine. This ingredient transforms the cake into something truly remarkable, elevating the chocolate flavors and balancing the sweetness.

The sponge cake texture is both light and moist, making it an effortless crowd-pleaser. Plus, with just a few simple steps, even novice bakers can create a show-stopping dessert that looks as stunning as it tastes.

So come with me on a journey of deliciousness that combines two of life’s greatest pleasures- chocolate and wine. I promise you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake
Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake

Are you a chocolate and wine lover? If so, then you are in for a treat! This chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe will be your new favorite dessert. The perfect balance of the rich and deep flavors of red wine with the sweetness of chocolate will leave you craving for more.

But why should you choose this cake recipe over any other? Let me tell you why! First, the combination of cocoa powder, potato starch, and cake flour creates a light and airy texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. Second, using red wine in the recipe adds a unique flavor profile that elevates the taste of chocolate to a whole new level. And lastly, the recipe is relatively simple to follow, requiring only a handful of easy-to-find ingredients.

Whether it be for a dinner party or simply as a treat to yourself, this chocolate-wine sponge cake undoubtedly pleases beyond expectation. It pairs perfectly with coffee, ice cream or even blueberry wine!

Get creative: turn this recipe into chocolate cupcakes with wine buttercream frosting or add in some fruit to create fruitcake red wine delight!

Overall, if you want to make a statement at your next gathering or indulge in something truly special, this cake is sure to impress. So why wait any longer? Try out this extraordinary chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe and see for yourself how it will win your heart over with its rich texture and unique flavor!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven: Chocolate-wine sponge cake
A slice of heaven: Chocolate-wine sponge cake

Here are the ingredients required for making this delicious chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch

Wet Ingredients

  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1 and 1/2 cups red wine (blueberry wine or port wine may also work)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Cake Topping (Optional)

  • Fresh fruits such as berries, kiwi, etc.
  • Whipped cream or diplomat cream
  • Dark chocolate shavings
  • Chopped nuts

For Serving (Optional)

  • Wine glass (for a fancy presentation)
  • Some whipped cream and additional red wine for serving

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect pairing: A glass of red wine and a slice of cake
A perfect pairing: A glass of red wine and a slice of cake

Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)

Using a strainer, sift cake flour, potato starch, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Repeat multiple times to ensure well-sifted dry ingredients (2-3 times is enough).

Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with half of the granulated sugar until the mixture turns light yellow.

Then add in red wine, and continue whisking until thoroughly mixed.

Making the Batter

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly while stirring gently until thoroughly mixed.

Using an electric stand mixer or hand mixer, whisk egg whites and remaining granulated sugar together for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Fold 1/3 of the egg whites mixture into the chocolate mixture in the bowl just to lighten it up.

Then gently fold in the remaining mixture, being careful not to overmix.

Baking Process

Grease an 8-inch round cake pan then line the bottom with parchment paper.

Pour batter into the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Tap lightly on countertop a few times to release any air bubbles.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool in pan for 30 minutes before taking it out onto wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge your taste buds with this chocolate-wine sponge cake
Indulge your taste buds with this chocolate-wine sponge cake

Are you interested in making some changes to the recipe? Don’t worry, there are plenty of possibilities for substitutions and variations to this chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Gluten-Free: To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the cake flour with potato starch or corn starch. You can also use a gluten-free flour blend if that suits your dietary needs.

– Vegan: For a vegan version of this cake, replace the eggs with flax eggs (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water equals one egg). Use vegan butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter.

– Wine Varieties: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different varieties of red wine in this recipe. Try using a blueberry wine or a port wine for a unique twist on the classic chocolate-wine combination.

– Chocolate Varieties: Play around with the chocolate aspect of this recipe by mixing up the types of cocoa powder and chocolate you use. A dark chocolate dessert wine would be an excellent option to incorporate.

– Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: For a fun twist, try adding a cinnamon-sugar topping to your chocolate-wine sponge cake.

Whatever variation you choose, remember that experimentation is part of the fun of baking. Don’t hesitate to try out different combinations!

Serving and Pairing

 Decadence in every bite: Chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe
Decadence in every bite: Chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe

This Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake is a delectable dessert that is ideal for any special occasion. It can be served on its own or with some sweetened whipped cream on top. You can even elevate the taste buds by adding a drizzle of warm chocolate ganache over each slice of cake.

When it comes to pairing, the Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake pairs well with a variety of beverages. Wine enthusiasts would love it with a glass of red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The tannins in the red wine will complement the cocoa powder and enhance the wine undertones in the cake.

If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, try serving this cake with a mug of hot chocolate or coffee for an excellent contrast of flavors. For those who enjoy fruit-infused beverages, you can pair this cake with blueberry wine or even a fruity cocktail for added sweetness.

This luxurious Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake is also versatile enough to serve with various dessert dishes. You can serve it with fresh strawberries, raspberries, or other types of berries for a delightful burst of flavor. The sweetness of the fruit successfully balances out the rich flavors in the chocolate-wine cake.

Additionally, you can add another layer of decadence by serving it alongside a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream or heat things up with some cinnamon-spiced whipped cream.

No matter which way you serve it, this Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake recipe will undoubtedly become one of your go-to desserts!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your guests with this sophisticated dessert
Impress your guests with this sophisticated dessert

The beauty of this chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe is that it can be easily made ahead of time for any special occasion. The cake can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator for up to five days. Another great option is freezing the cake which can last for up to three months, but it must be sealed well!

If you need to reheat the cake, simply warm it up slowly in the oven at 300°F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly warmed through. You do not want to overheat the cake as it may dry out. For plates, two things work great, one is microwaving the cake for a few seconds, just enough to make it moist, and another is heating it quickly on a frying pan to make it crispy.

Additionally, I suggest frosting the cake only once you’re ready to eat or serve it since frosting or whipped cream tend do better if left in the fridge separately from the sponge cake. You can also make the frosting ahead of time and keep it refrigerated separately from the cake.

So don’t worry about last-minute baking stress – you have your chocolate-wine sponge cake ready with great serving suggestions!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Chocolate and wine lovers rejoice!
Chocolate and wine lovers rejoice!

As a baker, I know how important it is to have the best possible outcome when baking a cake. Below are some of my personal tips for ensuring perfect results when making this Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake recipe.

1. Follow instructions carefully: It is essential to read and meticulously follow the recipe instructions to avoid any mistakes that may impact the final product’s quality.

2. Use the right type of red wine: Be sure to use a good-quality red wine, one that you would also enjoy drinking. A full-bodied red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, works best in this recipe.

3. Measure ingredients accurately: For accurate measurements, use measuring cups and spoons instead of eyeballing or estimating the amounts indicated in the recipe.

4. Use room temperature ingredients: Allow your eggs and butter to come to room temperature before starting the recipe. This will ensure that they mix well and result in an evenly baked cake.

5. Sift dry ingredients: Sifting dry ingredients helps to remove any lumps, creating a smooth texture in your cake batter.

6. Don’t overmix: Overmixing will lead to tough sponge cake. Mix your ingredients until they are JUST combined.

7. Choose the right flour: For a light and airy texture, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.

8. Don’t open oven door while baking: Do not peek on your cake while it’s in the oven – every time you open the oven door, heat escapes rapidly and affects the sponge cake’s rising and texture.

By following these simple tips, you can achieve a perfect Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake with minimum effort and maximum satisfaction!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe is sure to please any chocolate and wine lovers out there. It’s a decadent dessert that really brings out the best of both flavors in one delicious bite. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a soft and moist cake that will amaze your guests and make them ask for more.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of red wine to find your favorite blend for this recipe. And feel free to substitute some ingredients, such as potato starch or cake flour, for others that you might have on hand.

So, the next time you’re looking for a special dessert that will impress your friends and family, don’t hesitate to give this chocolate-wine sponge cake recipe a try. Your taste buds will thank you, and your guests will be talking about it for weeks to come!

Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake

Chocolate-Wine Sponge Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 225.9 kcal


  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine or 1/4 cup grape juice


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff.
  • In another, lg. bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar until thick and creamy.
  • Sift together remaining dry ingredients. Stir into yolks until just moistened.
  • Add juice and wine and mix well.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Pour into 9" or 10", shallow tube pan.
  • Bake 50 minutes.
  • SOURCE: The Complete Passover Cookbook, Frances R. AvRutick; @ 1981.

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Serving: 94gCalories: 225.9kcalCarbohydrates: 40.5gProtein: 6.2gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 169.2mgSodium: 57.3mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 30.9g
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