Chianti Chocolate Cake

Silvia Tornaghi


This is a special family "dessert cake". The Chianti wine really adds a special taste and enhances the chocolate flavor even more. It almost has a mousse-like texture and really melts in your mouth! For more of my family (Italian and American) recipes, visit my blog: cookingfromminneapolistomilan.

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1/2 c
chianti (or a good red) wine
cloves soaked in the wine for half an hour
1/2 c
very soft butter
1/2 c
eggs, divided
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa
2 and 1/2 oz
finely chopped dark chocolate
1 and 1/4 c
sifted all purpose or cake flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 c
whipped cream or topping
1/2 c
powdered sugar
1 c
cherries in syrup

How to Make Chianti Chocolate Cake


  • 1Whip egg whites with a pinch of salt and set aside.
  • 2Without changing beaters, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • 3Beat in the yolks one at a time until creamy and light.
  • 4Beat in the cinnamon and cocoa.
  • 5Mix in the wine (with the cloves strained out and discarded)
  • 6Gradually add the flour sifted with the baking powder and mix in by hand until smooth. (or low speed with mixer)
  • 7Gradually fold in the beaten egg whites, 1/3 at a time.
  • 8Very gently fold in the chopped chocolate.
  • 9Pour into a buttered and parchment lined 8 inch round cake pan. (best with removable sides). Level top.
  • 10Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45 - 50 minutes.
    Top should be firm and toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
  • 11Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a cooling rack. (gently peel off the wax paper)
  • 12When cold, sift powdered sugar over the top and serve with the whipping cream. Top with the cherries in syrup if desired.

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About Chianti Chocolate Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian