Yes, this is real life.. Don’t refresh your screen, this recipe really is what it seems.  Today marks the 3 year blogaversary of See Brooke Cook, and this is my gift to you, my wonderful readers. Now, I wish I could have made some and had them hand delivered to each and every one of you, but like I said this is real life. However, I did make these for one of my most amazing and bestest friends, Rosa and they got her official stamp of approval along with mine and my sister’s. The cake is rich and moist, and the icing is light with a beautiful red tint from the wine. Now, I will tell you the wine flavor is not predominate (which is why I made a chocolate wine sauce too) but it is brought out nicely when enjoyed with a glass of vino. Don’t be scared when you look at the recipe below, it looks like a lot but they really come together quick and are so worth any effort they take.  Thank you again, my dear readers, for giving me a little spot of my own in the midst of the craziness that makes up the internet, here’s to another year! Cheers!

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes  (Print Me

Yield: 12 cupcakes
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup milk (2% or higher works best)
2 Tablespoons red wine
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons red wine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red Wine Chocolate Sauce:
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup light corn syrup

Start by preheating your oven to 350º F. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, powder and salt. Set aside and prepare a cupcake tin with liners.In a bowl, whisk egg, oil and sugar together until smooth and no lumps remain. Add melted butter, wine and vanilla mixing until combined. Add half of the dry ingredients, stirring to combine then add the milk, and finally the remaining flour mixture. Stir until batter is smooth then fold in the chocolate. Divide batter in each cup until 3/4 way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes, letting cool completely before frosting.

Beat butter in the bowl of stand mixer until smooth and creamy (a full 2 minutes). Add in powdered sugar gradually (~1/2 cup at a time) with the mixer on low speed, slowly increasing the speed until it’s combined. Add in the vanilla extract and wine, then beat on medium-high speed for 5-6 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides if needed, until thick and fluffy.

Chocolate Sauce:
In a small pan heat wine until simmering, reduce the heat just a little and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes until the wine reduces (there should be less than 1 cup, and it will get a little thicker and darker). Remove from heat and add the chocolate and corn syrup whisking until smooth. Let sauce cool slightly before serving, refrigerate any left over.

Source: Cupcakes from How Sweet It Is, chocolate sauce from Food Coma

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