Rich Dark Chocolate Cake With Red Wine Chocolate Frosting

READY IN: 40mins
YIELD: 1 cake




  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C Line two cake tins with parchment paper and grease.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and coffee granules (ie all the dry ingredients).
  • Make a well in the middle and add all the liquid ingredients.
  • Use a whisk to mix together until completely blended. Don't be alarmed at how runny it is - it's much thinner than a normal cake mix!
  • Pour into the two prepared tins and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until cooked through - the longer you leave them, the drier they will be. I found 30 minutes to be fine for a light, moist cake, but it will depend on your oven. Use a skewer inserted into the middle to make sure the cake is cooked through. If it comes out clean, you should be fine.
  • Turn the cooked cakes out onto a cooling rack and place to one side.
  • While they cool, make the frosting: Put the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and mix well. Then, add the red wine a little at a time until it gets a little runnier. Give it a taste; you want to just be able to taste the wine without it being overpowering. Place in the fridge for a few minutes to let it stiffen up slightly.
  • When the cake has cooled, spread the frosting on the top of one layer and place the other on top.