Delicious and Easy Wine Cake Recipe

Are you ready for a decadent dessert that will knock your socks off? Look no further than this wine cake recipe. Using either red or white wine, this cake is moist, flavorful, and a perfect ending to any meal.

Not only is this cake delicious, it also makes an impression. It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a holiday gathering or special occasion. Your guests will be impressed by the complexity of flavors and the beautiful texture.

This recipe is easy to follow and allows for substitutions and variations, so you can tailor it to your taste. Plus, with the addition of instant vanilla pudding mix, this cake stays moist for days.

So whether you’re looking for a delicious dessert for Christmas dinner or just want to impress friends at your next potluck, this wine cake recipe is sure to win over your taste buds.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wine Cake
Wine Cake

Imagine sinking your teeth into a soft, moist cake that’s bursting with the rich flavor of your favorite wine. Sounds delicious, right? That’s exactly what you’ll get with this incredible wine cake recipe.

Whether you prefer a dry white wine or a decadent red, this recipe can be customized to suit your taste buds. It’s perfect for celebrating special occasions, impressing friends and family, or simply satisfying your own craving for something sweet and satisfying.

But what sets this recipe apart from other cake recipes is the addition of instant vanilla pudding mix. Not only does it enhance the flavor of the wine and add depth to the cake, but it also creates a texture that’s so light and fluffy it practically melts in your mouth.

The ingredients are simple: cake mix, eggs, oil, wine, instant vanilla pudding mix, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The instructions are easy-to-follow and require no special skills or fancy equipment. As long as you have a mixing bowl, an oven-safe pan or bundt pan, and an appetite for deliciousness – you’re all set!

So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s easy to make and impossible to resist. It’s the perfect show-stopper dessert for any occasion that will have everyone asking for the recipe. It’s an indulgent treat that pairs perfectly with a glass of your favorite wine or a hot cup of coffee.

So go ahead – set aside some time this weekend and whip up this amazing wine cake recipe. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Savor every last crumb of this delectable wine cake!
Savor every last crumb of this delectable wine cake!

Ingredients for Wine Cake Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious and easy Wine Cake Recipe.

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package Yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup Sherry wine or white wine
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg

Ingredients for Red Wine Cake Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this decadent Red Wine Cake Recipe.

  • 1 box Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package Instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup Red wine, such as Cabernet or Zinfandel
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Cake Ingredients 1

For those who want to try an even more unique twist on this recipe, give this “Southern Crack” version a go!

  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sherry wine or white port
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Cake Ingredients 2

This other variation will blow your taste buds!

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups Red wine, such as Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

Cake Mix 1

If you’re the type to enjoy a no-fuss option, this wine cake mix is perfect for Christmas season!

  • 1 box White cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups Red wine
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Cake Mix 2

This option is perfect for any other time of the year.

  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup White wine
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients before starting to prepare your cake. Enjoy!

The Recipe How-To

 Turn your ordinary cake into an extraordinary one with a splash of wine.
Turn your ordinary cake into an extraordinary one with a splash of wine.

Preparing the Batter

To create the perfect batter, start by mixing all the cake ingredients in a large bowl. Begin with 1 package of yellow cake mix, followed by 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix. Crack 4 eggs and add them to the bowl. Slowly pour in ½ cup of vegetable oil and ¾ cup of white wine. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly.

In another medium-sized mixing bowl, combine ½ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 cups of purpose flour. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and mix it all in. Gradually pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture while stirring. Make sure there are no lumps left.

Baking the Cake

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray or butter. Once ready, pour the batter into the pan and smooth out its surface with a spatula.

Bake the cake for about an hour or until it has risen and turned golden-brown on top. You can insert a toothpick in the center to check if it’s done; if it comes out clean, then your cake is ready to come out of the oven.

Cooling and Serving

After removing from the oven, let the wine cake cool for about ten minutes before taking it out of the pan. Transfer it to a wire rack and continue cooling for at least another hour.

Once cooled, you can serve your wine cake by itself or pair it up with your favorite dessert or cheese platter along with a glass of fruity red wine like white port or sherry wine for Christmas!

Substitutions and Variations

 One bite of this decadent cake and you'll think you've died and gone to dessert heaven.
One bite of this decadent cake and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to dessert heaven.

One of the great things about this wine cake recipe is that there are a variety of substitutions and variations you can make to suit your taste preferences or to use what you have on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Wine: The type of wine you use in this recipe can be changed depending on what you have available. If you used red wine in the original recipe, try using white wine instead for a lighter flavor profile. You could also experiment with using different types of wine, such as a sherry or port wine. Just be sure to adjust the flavorings accordingly.

– Cake mix: While the recipe calls for a yellow cake mix, you could easily use chocolate cake mix instead for a decadent red wine chocolate cake.

– Pudding mix: Instant vanilla pudding mix is used in this recipe, but you could add some variety by trying out other flavors like chocolate or butterscotch.

– Nuts and spices: For some added texture and flavor, consider adding chopped nuts (like pecans or walnuts) to the batter along with a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon.

– Gluten-free: If you need a gluten-free option, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend and ensure that your cake mix and pudding mix are also gluten-free.

– Lower sugar: To reduce the sugar content of this cake, try replacing some of the sugar with natural sweeteners like applesauce or mashed banana. You could also experiment with using less sugar overall.

With so many options for customization, this wine cake recipe is sure to become a staple in your baking repertoire.

Serving and Pairing

 Cheers to an amazing cake with a little bit of bubbly in it!
Cheers to an amazing cake with a little bit of bubbly in it!

Wine cake is a great dessert option if you want to have something light and not overly sweet. Since the cake has a gentle wine flavor, it pairs exceptionally well with other light and fruity flavors.

If you bake a white wine cake, consider serving it with fresh fruit slices like strawberries, raspberries, or kiwis for a refreshing treat. The tartness of these fruits complements the delicate sweetness of the cake nicely.

On the other hand, if you opt for red wine cake, the bold and rich flavor calls for mixing things up. Consider pairing it with decadent chocolate sauce over vanilla ice cream or sprinkling it with chopped walnuts or hazelnuts.

If you want to step up your game and add some alcohol to make this dessert more appealing to adults during the holiday season, add a splash of sherry or white port to your white wine cake recipe or use red wine in your chocolate cake recipe. Doing so will enhance the richness of your dessert and make it perfect for Christmas Day.

No matter what variation of wine cake recipe you choose, be sure to pair it with a glass of dry white wine such as the Chardonnay. It affords an oaky flavor that doesn’t clash with sweetness while providing a refreshing burst in between bites.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to dinner parties and everything in between.
Perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to dinner parties and everything in between.

This wine cake recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for a few days. To store the cake, let it cool down completely, wrap it tightly in a plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place it in an airtight container. Store the cake at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

When reheating the cake, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil from the cake, and place it on a baking sheet. Cover the cake with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

The wine cake can also be frozen for up to three months. To freeze the cake, wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap and one layer of aluminum foil. To thaw the cake, transfer it to the fridge overnight and let it come back to room temperature before serving.

One advantage of this recipe is that it tastes even better after being stored for a day or two because the wine flavor will develop over time. This makes it an excellent dessert to make ahead for Christmas dinner or any other special occasion when you want to enjoy your time with your guests rather than being stuck in the kitchen all day.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Indulge in a sophisticated and indulgent dessert that packs a flavorful punch.
Indulge in a sophisticated and indulgent dessert that packs a flavorful punch.

When making a wine cake recipe, the key to perfect results lies in proper preparation and attention to detail. Here are some tips to ensure your cake comes out just right:

1. Measure carefully: Accurate measurements of ingredients are crucial for successful baking. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure you add the right amount of each ingredient.

2. Incorporate ingredients thoroughly: Whether you’re using a boxed cake mix or starting from scratch, make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well. Lumps of flour or pockets of unmixed pudding can ruin the final result.

3. Don’t overmix: While it’s important to mix all ingredients well, overmixing can lead to a tough or dense cake. Mix until just combined, then stop.

4. Grease your pan well: Wine cakes tend to be moist, which can make them stick to the pan if not properly greased. Use a non-stick cooking spray or butter and flour your pan well before pouring in the batter.

5. Bake at the correct temperature: Follow your recipe’s instructions for oven temperature and baking time. A high oven temperature can cause the cake to dry out or burn, while a low temperature can result in an undercooked cake.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make a delicious wine cake that’s perfect for any occasion – from Christmas celebrations to summer backyard barbecues!


Now that you have learned how to make the perfect wine cake, you may have some questions lingering in your mind. In this section, I will answer some frequently asked questions about this recipe, such as substitutions and variations that you can try, the ideal wine to use or avoid, among other issues that may come up as you bake this decadent treat. Read on to find out more in our FAQ section.

What kind of wine goes in a wine cake?

As a sommelier, I am knowledgeable about different wines and their respective food pairings. I believe that red velvet cake is best paired with Pinot Noir, while a white dessert wine complements cheesecake well. Lemon-flavored cakes are a perfect match for Prosecco, and Riesling enhances the taste of vanilla cake. If you’re a chocolate lover, red blends are the way to go with your devil’s food cake. For carrot cake, I suggest sherry, and sparkling rosé complements the delicious taste of strawberry shortcake.

What wine is best for white wine cake?

When it comes to pairing a wine with a decadent layer cake, it’s best to choose a dry white wine that suits your personal taste. I usually opt for a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc since it happens to be amongst my favorites. Regardless of the style, any pleasing dry white wine will do.

What is a wine cake New Orleans?

Indulge in the classic New Orleans dessert of mini cakes soaked in booze and topped with a cherry and whipped cream. This enticing recipe, which uses 1 1/2 cups of dark rum, can also be made with other types of alcohol like port, sherry, marsala, or wine. It’s a perfect treat to serve at a book club gathering or any other occasion. The recipe comes from the A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the wine cake recipe is a must-try for all wine and cake lovers out there. Whether you prefer a dry white wine, a decadent red, or a sweet sherry wine, this recipe has got you covered. The combination of wine and cake mix results in a unique and flavorful dessert that will leave your taste buds tingling with joy.

Not only is this recipe easy to make and customizable to your liking, but it’s also versatile enough to be served for any occasion. The white wine cake can be served as a light and refreshing dessert for a summer barbecue, while the red wine cake is perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion.

Additionally, the use of instant vanilla pudding mix adds an extra layer of richness and moisture to the cake. And if you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to experiment with different substitutions and variations to make the recipe your own.

In short, the wine cake recipe aka southern crack cake is a unique and delicious dessert that’s perfect for any wine or cake enthusiast. So why not give it a try today? Your taste buds will thank you.

Wine Cake

Wine Cake Recipe

An easy wine cake made with a yellow cake mix.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 442.5 kcal


  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup wine
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Beat all ingredients together for five minutes.
  • Bake in bundt pan at 350 for 45 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 94gCalories: 442.5kcalCarbohydrates: 48.5gProtein: 4.8gFat: 24.4gSaturated Fat: 3.7gCholesterol: 85.6mgSodium: 486.6mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 30.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Sweet
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