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Delicious Upcycled Cake Recipe: Rotweinkuchen

I am sorry but this recipe is not chock-full of natural or healthy ingredients. In fact, everything in it is probably quite bad for you. Isn’t that the problem with a lot of good food to begin with? But life is tough at times and we must indulge ourselves once in a while…=)

Are you a fan of dark chocolate? Love the taste of red wine? I love both, but have found that, as I am getting older, I am prone to bad headaches caused by red wine. The only way I can consume it these days is in cooked or baked fashion. Luckily, I have a recipe combining these two wonderful flavors into one amazing dessert.

When asked what birthday cake to make for friends or a family member, they will always shout: Rotweinkuchen (translation: Red Wine Cake)!

This recipe was given to me by a friend in college many years ago. So, thank you, Nanette! I will always fondly remember those afternoons hanging out together in your Berlin kitchen and baking this delicious cakes.


250 g butter
250 g sugar
4 eggs
1 packet Vanilla sugar, or if you can’t find it in grocery store some vanilla flavoring
250 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking cocoa
125 g dark chocolate chips chopped into smaller pieces
1 scant cup of red wine

(Here is a conversion calculator for baking, should you need it.)


1. Cut up butter in small pieces and cream it together with the sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

2. Using a hand mixer, incorporate the eggs one egg at a time, blending for about a minute per egg.

3. Mix together the remaining dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon.

4. Incorporate dry ingredients into the egg butter mix adding a little at a time.

5. Add chopped chocolate chips.

6. Mix in the cup of red wine.

Bake in well-greased Bundt pan or loaf pan in preheated oven at 375 Fahrenheit or 180. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

No reason to polish off the rest of the red wine after a dinner party! Tell your guests you are up-cycling it and for them to come back the next day for cake! =)

Happy Baking!

6 thoughts on “Delicious Upcycled Cake Recipe: Rotweinkuchen

  1. Mmm that looks and sounds delicious…

  2. Wow. Red Wine Cake? Wow. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. I swear, you'll make it a lot once you have tried it…

  4. I may have to make this for my birthday next Monday! It looks delicious and right up my alley, as it were. I am 1/2 Swiss-German, after all!

  5. Maybe I'll try swapping decaf coffee instead of the wine for my dd's birthday in a couple of day… she wants chocolate cake and this looks so yummy!!

  6. I checked on the internet about alcohol and baking. After all that time in the oven the alcohol all bakes off there is none left in the cake! Just the flavoring. In case, you were concerned about that…
    But I like the idea of using coffee, too!

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