Red Wine Velvet Cake #SundaySupper

Red Wine Velvet Cake is unlike any other “red velvet cake” you’ll ever taste.  Instead of a bright red interior, each bite you taste the fruity and spicy notes of the red wine baked into the cake. 

Red Wine Velvet Cake

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. . . . oh wait is my birthday not a holiday? Sorry I just assume it is since it falls right smack in the middle of December when everyone is in holiday mode.  

Anyway. . . so yes today is my birthday and I’ve made a cake but not only is this cake a fabulous one for birthdays it’s also perfect for your holiday celebration because it includes one very special ingredient –  wine.  Say it with me, all cakes should be made with wine. 

Red Wine Velvet Cake

#SundaySupper and Gallo Family Vineyards are celebrating memorable holiday meals today and honestly, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a delicious dish and a hearty glass of Gallo Cabernet sitting in front of me.   

It’s easy to cook a savory meal with wine but I wanted to show how it can shine in dessert.  Red velvet cake is delicious all year round, but it’s especially festive now with its bright red color.  Substituting all that red food coloring for red wine not only makes this cake more flavorful but also a show stopper at your dessert table.  This is a cake for adults though since not all the wine gets baked out. 

Red Wine Velvet Cake

A couple of tips when cooking and baking with wine, you want to choose one that you’d be happy drinking alongside your dish.  There is no need to purchase that $50 bottle but something palatable is essential to making your dish shine.  

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Red Wine Velvet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2½ cups cake flour flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12oz Gallo Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Goat Cheese Frosting:
  • 4oz goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3½ cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line 3 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt until completely combined.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars until light and airy about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time until combined and then the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Alternating with the flour mixture and the wine, starting with the flour mix into the batter on low speed. This would be done in three parts.
  6. Divide the batter evenly amongst the three prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the cakes cool completely before removing from the pan.
  9. While the cakes are cooling, clean the bowl and paddle attachment from your stand mixer. Reattach and add the goat cheese, cream cheese and butter.
  10. Cream together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes and then add the powdered sugar.
  11. Mix until combined, add the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Beat on medium high for 2-3 minutes or until the frosting is light and airy.
To build the cake:
  1. If any of the cakes have domed, with a serrated carefully trip the top so that it is flat.
  2. Place the first cake on your cake stand and place about 1 cup of frosting, smooth to the edges.
  3. Place the second cake next and repeat. Finally top with the final layer and apply a very thin layer of frosting around the top and sides.
  4. Place the cake in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.
  5. After an hour, remove the cake and finish frosting the sides and top.
  6. Store the cake in an airtight cake container for 3-4 days.
The red wine used in this cake is there more for flavor than for color. If you do want to present a red cake to your guest, I suggest adding ¼ teaspoon of red gel food coloring to add a touch of red to your cake.


Red Wine Velvet Cake

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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  1. Happy Birthday! What a great cake to celebrate with. And I totally agree on how wine is great in cake and other baked goods.

  2. Happy, happy birthday, Susan!!! What a magnificent cake for your celebration! And I’m SO glad you replaced the food coloring with wine…brilliant!

  3. Happy Birthday. What a lovely cake to celebrate with…and definitely 3 layer worth!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday!! I will gladly say it with you… All cakes should be made with wine. Love the idea of wine in a cake.

  5. Happy Birthday! This looks like the perfect cake to celebrate!

  6. Yay, Happy Birthday to YOU! I say make it a holiday ;). This cake is gorgeous…I’d love a fat slice.

  7. Happy Birthday, doll! Michael’s b’day was Friday, so know what you mean about having a birthday fall in the middle of the holidays. I love this cake…does the red wine make it more moist?


    SUCH a clever idea, making a red velvet cake into a red WINE velvet cake! Esp. for the birthday girl 😉

  9. Happy Birthday Susan! I coudln’t imagine a better cake to celebrate!

  10. To our #SundaySupper friends and family: Our sincere apologies, but we seem to be experiencing some issues with our $2 off savings. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this issue will be resolved before our #SundaySupper chat later today. Once we are able to get the offer back up and running, we’ll be sure to let all of our #SundaySupper readers know. Again, we are so sorry! –Alexis

  11. Happy birthday! What a fun cake to celebrate! I love cake, and what a uniquely delicious frosting with the goat cheese. YUM!

  12. Happy Birthday Susan! And yes, yes, yes, all cakes should be made with wine!! Red Velvet Cake is my favorite – I can never resist it!!

  13. Happy happy birthday, Susan!!! Oh my this is the most beautiful amazing cake ever!!! Cheers to you!

  14. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Celebrate as much as possible. This cake looks like a great start!

  15. I’ll take a red wine filled cake over red food coloring any day. This has got to be amazing!

  16. I need a big slice of this luscious cake. Also, love the sound of the frosting!



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