This is my spin on a recipe that a friend posted recently. After looking at it closer, I realized that it was a similar version of my favorite chocolate cake recipe (Althouse Chocolate Wedding Cake) that I’ve been using ever since our wedding in 1988. I adore this recipe. Since it’s a chocolate cake that uses oil and vinegar instead of milk, butter, and eggs, it’s an easy recipe to have on hand anytime. I’ve made this in a 9×13, 9″ rounds, 8″ rounds, as well as cupcakes… it freezes beautifully and thaws just as well. Simply put, this is the one chocolate cake recipe to keep on hand for any occasion. NOTE: This recipe is a “half recipe”… if you want to make a 9×13 or two rounds, you’ll need to double this recipe.
Mocha Wine Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3 T cocoa
6 t oil
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup coffee (I used espresso)
1/2 cup red wine (I used a Meritage, dry red)
Mix together and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
6 T Nutella
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 t vanilla
Mix together, using an electric mixer, until thoroughly smooth.
I have each of these ingredients on hand at any given time, so it’s easier than worrying if I have a cake mix in the cupboard. I might not have all the ingredients for the frosting in my cupboard, but even pre-made frosting tastes pretty darn yummy when paired with this cake.
This is my very favorite chocolate cake recipe and I hope that it becomes one of yours as well.