Red wine chocolate cake on cooling rack

Chocolate and wine are quite a pair. Both complex and rich, their love story is akin to Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund, Jasmine and Aladdin, or Allie and Noah. Despite their different origins, they are made for each other. This red wine chocolate cake is their love child. It’s tender, velvety, and decadent. And as much as I’d like to say the chocolate is the star of this cake, it wouldn’t be nearly as good without the red wine.

Red wine chocolate cake slice

In picking the best wine to put in my cake, Gloria Ferrer was an easy choice. Their wines are have earned over 400 gold medals and fifty 90+ scores in the last 5 years. Located in Sonoma, California, Gloria Ferrer is known as an expert in the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and produce estate grown still and sparkling wines that rival some of the world’s finest.

This red wine chocolate cake is made with Gloria Ferrer’s Pinot Noir. It’s an earthy red with notes of black cherry and spice, perfect in balancing the velvety smooth dark chocolate.

Red wine chocolate cake with wine bottle

When pairing wine with food, there are usually two ways to go about it: choose a wine that either complements the flavors of your food, or one that contrasts it. In this case, the Pinot Noir provides a bit of both. The red is a great choice for pairing with chocolate, as it can stand up to the robust flavors, but the fruity and spicy elements of the Pinot Noir cut the buttery chocolate well.

So that’s a little wine knowledge for ya πŸ™‚

How to make chocolate ganache

I wanted to take a minute to chat more in depth about the red wine chocolate ganache that tops this incredible chocolate cake. If you’re a seasoned baker, you’ll know that ganache is typically made by melting chocolate with heavy cream. Once melted, the mixture is allowed to cool for a few minutes before being poured over your cake.

Unlike traditional ganache, the chocolate ganache in this cake recipe is made with just red wine and chocolate (sounds delish, right?!). When you first mix the red wine into the melted chocolate, your ganache might separate a bit. If this happens, simply add an extra tablespoon of red wine in and whisk thoroughly. The ganache should come together beautifully in no time!

A moist red wine chocolate cake drizzled with red wine chocolate ganache. Swoon!

I’m headed to Florida this weekend for my step-sister’s wedding. In fact, by the time you read this I’ve probably already touched down. I feel like I’ve been working nonstop for the past few weeks, so it’ll be nice to give my eyes a break from the computer. I’m working on a podcast playlist right now. Anything you guys recommend?! I would love to hear!

Happy weekend to you all.


Red Wine Chocolate Cake

A moist red wine chocolate cake drizzled with red wine chocolate ganache. Swoon!

A moist red wine chocolate cake drizzled with red wine chocolate ganache. Top with berries or homemade whipped cream to really wow your guests!

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large bundt cake 1x
  • Category: cake
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: dessert


For the bundt cake

  • 12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (NOT dutch-process)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Pinot Noir

For the red wine chocolate ganache

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup Pinot Noir


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Grease a large bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whip butter, and both sugars on high for 2 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Add in vanilla extract
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Carefully incorporate half into the wet ingredients, then add in the yogurt and pinot noir, mixing slightly. Last, add the rest of the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before inverting and topping with red wine chocolate ganache.
  5. To make the ganache, heat chocolate over a double boiler on low heat. Once fully melted, whisk in 1/3 cup red wine. Mixture may congeal slightly– if it does, add in a tablespoon more of wine. Pour over cake.

Keywords: red wine, decadent, fudgy, chocolate, cakey, easy

More homemade cake recipes from Broma Bakery:

The Best Chocolate Blackout Cake…Ever

Rhubarb Honey Almond Cake

Grain-Free Gingersnap Molasses Cake with Ginger Frosting

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

German Chocolate Pound Cake

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It

GORGEOUS!! I’ve been wanting to make a red wine chocolate cake but I could never find the perfect recipe. Now I have! Thanks for sharing Sarah! <3

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you so much Marina! So excited to hear what you think!!!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

This bundt is gorgeous! I’ve never thought of incorporating wine into desserts, because I always just think RISOTTO when I think wine and food haha πŸ™‚ This looks delicious!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Now I want risotto……..

Ashlyn | Dollop Of Yum

This chocolate cake looks amazing! I’ve never had red wine in cake but I am going to have to try it. πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Oh you must! It gives it so much depth!

Gaby Dalkin

This is the perfect Friday night cake if I ever saw one!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

More like friYAY

Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers

Lovely, lovely cake, Sarah! Happy Easter πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Happy belated πŸ™‚


I’ve been very much into EATING my wine lately now that I can’t drink it…so this cake is happening sometime in the next 6 weeks. You can count on that.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Lolol, then this is for you!!


I absolutely love this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you darlin!

Ellie | Hungry by Nature

Wine and chocolate are two of my favorite things – especially when paired together! I love your photos that are on a dark surface with a dark background – they always looks amazing! I’ve been using your Photoshop actions to edit my photos and love them πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you SO MUCH, Ellie! I’m SO glad you find them useful!!


May I know the size of your large bundt pan?


Please advise what kind of yogurt. I would like to make this cake for a gathering this weekend.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

I would use a plain or a greek yogurt!


I made this cake this past weekend to take to a dinner party. it was sooooo dry. could not eat it. was totally embarrassed.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Sorry to hear that, Steven. Unfortunately dryness is probably due to the cake being over-baked over the recipe itself.

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