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German Red Wine and Chocolate Cake

Looking for ways to spice up your regular chocolate cake recipe? Then you should try German Red Wine & Chocolate Cake – deliciously deep chocolate flavor in every bite! An easy chocolate wine cake that you can enjoy with coffee, tea, or with more wine!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Servings: 12
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Neriz



  • 6 medium eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 cups butter, unsalted & melted (plus more for greasing)
  • 1 & 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder, heaping
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Grease the cake pan with butter and dust with flour.
  • In a medium bowl, sift and combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, cloves, and baking powder. 
  • In a separate large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla sugar. Use a hand mixer to combine.
  • Add melted butter and continue mixing.
  • Add the dry ingredients and the red wine alternately in batches while mixing continuously.
  • Add chocolate chips and use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix, just enough to incorporate it into the batter.
  • Pour cake batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Tap the pan gently on the countertop (to lessen bubbles) and place the plan in the lower part of the oven for 55 to 60 mins.
  • Set aside to cool, then remove the cake from the pan.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve.



  • Do not skip the step for sifting the dry ingredients.  It helps in getting rid of the lumps in the cake batter.
  • You can use any dry red wine - if you prefer a specific grape variety, I leave that to you. :-)
  • If you decide to use a bundt cake form (like in this recipe), grease it generously with butter, dust it with flour and then turn it over and shake it to remove any excess flour.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg