Delicious Wine Cake Recipe Perfect for Any Occasion

Are you looking for a delicious and easy dessert to wow your guests? Look no further than this wine cake recipe! Whether you prefer white, rose, or red wine, this cake is perfect for any wine lover. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover wine you may have from previous events.

This recipe is not only tasty but also versatile. You can make it with a yellow or chocolate cake mix and customize the type of wine based on your preferences. For a classy touch, try using white port or blackberry wine in the mix!

The best thing about this recipe? It’s super easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. So go ahead and crack open that bottle of momma wine – it’s time to start baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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Are you looking for a delicious and easy cake recipe that will impress your guests? Look no further than this wine cake recipe! What makes this recipe so special is the addition of wine, which adds depth of flavor and richness to the cake.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can use any type of wine you like, whether it’s a bold red, a crisp white, or a sweet rose. I personally love using a dry white wine in my cake, but feel free to experiment with different varieties to find your favorite.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is how easy it is to make. With just a few simple ingredients like yellow cake mix, eggs, and oil, you can whip up this cake in no time. Plus, the addition of instant vanilla pudding mix ensures that the cake is moist and tender.

But what really sets this cake apart is its decadent flavor. The combination of wine and chocolate creates a rich and indulgent experience that will have your taste buds singing. It’s the perfect sweet treat for Christmas parties or any other special occasion.

So if you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert that’s easy to make and sure to impress, try out this wine cake recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need for this Wine Cake recipe:

  • Yellow cake mix – 1 (18.25 ounces) package
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix – 1 (5 ounces) package
  • Eggs – 4
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
  • White wine – 3/4 cup
  • Cornstarch – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose wine or red wine or white port or sherry wine or blackberry wine – 1/2 cup
  • All-purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 3/4 cup
  • Butter, melted – 1/2 cup
  • Confectioners’ sugar, to dust

Note: You can use any type of wine as per your preference.

The Recipe How-To

 Pour me another slice, please!
Pour me another slice, please!

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s move onto the fun part – baking! This wine cake recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it only requires one mixing bowl.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

First things first: preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Combine ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 eggs, cup of water, cup of vegetable oil, and cup of sherry wine. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined.

Step 3: Add more ingredients

Next, add in 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. Stir these into the mixture.

Step 4: Mix in dry ingredients

Now it’s time to add in the dry ingredients. Gradually mix in 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda until everything is mixed nicely.

Step 5: Incorporate wine

Carefully pour in your choice of wine (either red or white, depending on your preference) and stir it into the mixture. Make sure it’s thoroughly mixed with the batter, adding around 3/4 cups for white wine or 1 cup for red wine.

Step 6: Bake!

Now it’s time to bake! Grease a bundt pan with butter and flour before transferring the batter into the pan. Bake it for around 45 minutes, but be sure to check on it between 35-40 minutes mark because it might vary depending on the oven.

Step 7: Test cake

To check if it’s done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean then your wine cake is ready to come out of the oven.

Step 8: Cool and serve

Allow the cake to cool down completely (around 15-25 minutes) before taking it out of the pan. Dust with a light layer of confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar) for decoration, or serve with whipped cream or berries, if you’d like.


Substitutions and Variations

 Wine lovers, this cake is for you!
Wine lovers, this cake is for you!

One of the best things about this wine cake recipe is that it’s versatile and can be adapted to your tastes. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make:

– Wine: The recipe calls for rose, red or white wine, but feel free to experiment with different types of wine such as sherry, port, blackberry wine or any other dry white or red wine. Choose your favorite one or match the cake with the wine you’re planning to serve.

– Cake Mix: You can use a chocolate or yellow cake mix instead of white. Just adjust the sugar and pudding mix quantities accordingly.

– Pudding Mix: If you don’t have vanilla pudding mix, you can use chocolate or any other flavor that complements the wine you’re using. Use instant pudding powder for best results.

– Oil: You can substitute vegetable oil with melted butter for a richer flavor.

– Sugar: Brown sugar adds caramel notes to the cake, but you can use all-white sugar if you prefer a lighter taste.

– Flour: Instead of all-purpose flour, you can use almond flour for a gluten-free version or cake flour for a fluffier texture.

– Eggs: Use 3 large eggs instead of 4 medium eggs for a denser crumb or add an extra egg for a more moist cake.

These substitutions and variations will make your wine cake unique and special every time you bake it. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your favorite combination of ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfect dessert for a wine and cheese party.
A perfect dessert for a wine and cheese party.

This wine cake recipe is a delightful dessert that pairs wonderfully with a glass of your favorite wine. The rose and white wine cakes are light and flavorful, making them a great ending to any meal. The red wine cake is dense and decadent, perfect for those who enjoy a rich and robust dessert.

Serve the white and rose wine cakes with a chilled glass of their respective wines for an exquisite pairing. If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing the white wine cake with a dry white port or blackberry wine. These unique flavor combinations will take your taste buds on a journey.

For the red wine cake, opt for a full-bodied, bold red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to complement its richness. Enhance the flavors of the cake with a touch of sherry or another fortified wine.

This cake recipe is versatile and pairs well with many different dishes. Serve it after a hearty meal for a sweet ending, or as an afternoon treat with tea or coffee. You can also garnish the cakes with fresh fruit or whipped cream for added sweetness and visual appeal.

Whatever way you decide to serve this delicious wine cake, be sure to enjoy it with good company and even better wine. It’s the perfect dessert for Christmas or any special occasion when you want to impress your guests.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your taste buds the royal treatment with this wine cake.
Give your taste buds the royal treatment with this wine cake.

The Wine Cake is not only delicious, but also easy to store and reheat. It can be made ahead of time if you’re planning a party, and stored for later use.

To store the cake, let it cool down to room temperature and wrap it in aluminum foil tightly. This will keep it moist while also preserving its flavors. You can also store it in an airtight container.

If you need to reheat the cake, put it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your microwave’s power setting.

When reheating or storing the cake, keep in mind that the glaze or icing may melt. However, this won’t affect the taste of the cake itself.

You can also freeze the wine cake for up to three months. To thaw, move it from freezer to refrigerator overnight and unwrap it before reheating or serving.

Having a Wine Cake on-hand can provide an easy solution to any dessert cravings you or your loved ones may have throughout the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rich, decadent, and oh-so-delicious!
Rich, decadent, and oh-so-delicious!

If you want to make the perfect wine cake, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you choose the best wine for your recipe. It’s essential to use a quality wine that you would enjoy drinking on its own since it will be the main flavor of your cake.

Secondly, while mixing the batter, use a spatula and mix gently so that you don’t overbeat the eggs. Overbeating will cause air to mix into the batter, which can give an odd texture and affect moistness.

Thirdly, ensure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting with your recipe. This includes butter, eggs and even the wine! Having ingredients at the same temperature will help them bond together during baking smoothly.

Fourthly, don’t overbake for any reason. In this recipe specifically, due to its moist nature and winy residue contains in it, it may seem like it is not cooked enough because of the vibrancy of color in the cake but avoid extending bake time.

Finally, let your cake rest for at least 10-15 minutes after taking out from bundt pan. This is key in letting your cake soak up more moisture and settle rendering it that succulent nature that only comes by not rushing it.

These tips will help you make a perfect Wine Cake every time!


Now, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions about this wine cake recipe. As a chef, I understand the importance of clarifying every detail and ensuring that you have all the information you need to create a perfect dish. So, let me clear up any doubts or queries you may have with these answers to some commonly asked questions.

What kind of wine do you use for wine cake?

As a sommelier, I love pairing different types of wine with delicious desserts. Here are some of my favorite combinations that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth:

If you’re indulging in a rich and decadent red velvet cake, try a glass of smooth and elegant Pinot Noir. The two complement each other perfectly, with the wine’s earthy undertones balancing out the sweetness of the cake.

For a creamy and tangy cheesecake, opt for a white dessert wine like Sauternes or Muscat. The wine’s lush and honeyed flavors will enhance the creamy texture of the cheesecake, leaving you with a truly indulgent experience.

Zesty and refreshing lemon-flavored cakes pair wonderfully with crisp and refreshing Prosecco. The wine’s effervescence cuts through the tanginess of the lemon, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

For a classic vanilla cake, I recommend pairing it with a light-bodied Riesling. The wine’s subtle sweetness and notes of fruit perfectly complement the cake’s delicate flavor, making for a perfect pairing.

Indulging in a rich and chocolatey devil’s food cake? Look no further than a full-bodied red blend. The wine’s dark fruit flavors and hints of spice bring out the richness of the chocolate and leave you with a decadent dessert experience.

If you’re enjoying a slice of moist and flavorful carrot cake, try it with a glass of sherry. The fortified wine’s nutty flavors and sweetness complement the warm spices of the cake and make for a truly luxurious pairing.

Lastly, for a light and refreshing dessert like strawberry shortcake, reach for a glass of sparkling rosé. The wine’s crisp and zesty flavors bring out the sweetness of the strawberries, leaving you with a delightful and refreshing dessert experience.

What is a wine cake New Orleans?

One of the classic treats of New Orleans is rum-soaked mini cakes topped with whipped cream and a cherry. These cakes make a great addition to book clubs discussing literature, especially if the book in question is A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES. The recipe for these cakes comes from a cookbook inspired by the novel and calls for 1½ cups of dark rum; however, other fortified wines such as port, sherry, marsala, or even regular wine can be employed as substitutes.

What does wine do to cakes?

When it comes to baking, adding wine to your cake batter can bring a delightful flavor and texture to your desserts. The wine infuses the cake with a subtle sweetness and moistness that makes it stand out amongst other cakes. This is especially evident when the cake is drenched in a wine-based syrup after baking, such as using bourbon for sticky toffee pudding or coconut rum for a coconut cake. These boozy twists add an extra depth of flavor to these classic treats.

What wine is best for white wine cake?

When it comes to pairing wine with a slice of layer cake, a dry white wine is a great option. You can choose any style that suits your palate, be it crisp or bold. Personally, I prefer to complement this dessert with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, which never fails to impress with its refreshing citrus notes and grassy undertones.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this wine cake recipe is a must-try for all the wine and cake enthusiasts out there. Whether you prefer the sweet taste of rose or the boldness of red wine, this recipe has got you covered. The ingredients are simple and easy to find in any grocery store, making it a perfect recipe for last-minute holiday gatherings.

If you’re looking to impress your guests this Christmas, I highly recommend pairing this decadent red wine cake with a glass of white port or blackberry wine. Trust me; it’s a match made in heaven!

All in all, this recipe isn’t just delicious; it’s also versatile, allowing you to experiment with different types of wines and flavors. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make this recipe your own by adding your favorite fruits or frosting.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of your best wine, turn on some music, and let’s get baking!

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Wine Cake - A Recipe

Recipe from forum. This sounds so good I had to save it here. Please note: time to bake is according to cakemix box.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 532.6 kcal



  • 18 ounces white cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups rose wine (replace whatever measure of water mix calls for) or 1 1/3 cups white wine (replace whatever measure of water mix calls for)
  • 3 eggs (or whatever mix calls for)
  • 1/3 cup oil (or whatever mix calls for)


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup wine (like used in cake)


  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Grease and flour 9X13 or bundt cake pan.
  • If using a 9X13 pan, line with foil and grease and flour the foil. This will make taking the cake out easier.
  • Mix cake ingredients 2 minutes and pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake according to box directions.
  • Cool 15 minutes.
  • While cooling make sauce.
  • Cook and stir all ingredients(except wine) in small heavy sauce pan til slightly thickened.
  • Cool slightly and add 1/4 cup wine.
  • Beat til smooth.
  • Serve thin slices cake on plates with a couple of tablespoons wine sauce drizzeled over cake slice and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • OR:
  • Pour sauce over cake while still warm in pan and let soak into cake.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 87gCalories: 532.6kcalCarbohydrates: 67.8gProtein: 5.4gFat: 23.7gSaturated Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 94.6mgSodium: 496.8mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 49.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Brunch, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive
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