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Red Wine Chocolate Trifle #TasteCreations

Our February Taste Creations ingredient is chocolate!  We know our readers like chocolate for Valentine's Day so we did not want to fail you.  Last year, our Taste Creation ingredient was leeks and while I love them, this seems much more festive!

The red wine/chocolate sensations that were hitting the internet last fall were the inspiration for this dessert.  Red wine brownies, red wine cupcakes and red wine hot chocolate are some of the hits that are making the rounds.  This trifle came about in one of those "mistakes spark a thousand ideas" kind of way.

Originally I intended to make a bundt cake.  I made the cake, poured it into the bundt pan.  It baked beautifully but when I tried to take it out, the cake was too tender and literally fell apart.  So I removed what I could, spread it around to cool, then cut into bite sized pieces, and then assembled these mini trifles.

I still think the bundt would be awesome and I plan to try again, but I did love these trifles so much that I wanted to share them with you first!

Yield: 6

Red Wine Trifle Chocolate Trifle

Easy and elegant dessert!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 60 M


  • 1 chocolate cake mix of your choosing
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1 c red wine (replaces the liquid for the cake mix)
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • For the ganache
  • 5 oz chopped chocolate
  • 3 T red wine
  • For the whipped cream
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 c confectioner's sugar


How to cook Red Wine Trifle Chocolate Trifle

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray. Chill a mixing bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add cake mix, sour cream, eggs, wine, and vegetable oil. Mix for three minutes until well incorporated. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, checking for doneness after 20. Remove cake when tester comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan.
  3. Make ganache by boiling water in a double boiler. Place chocolate in top pan and melt chocolate. While still over the double boiler, add red wine. The mixture may begin to seize, use a whisk and whisk it until smooth again. Remove from double boiler and set aside.
  4. Make whipped cream by pouring heavy cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Whip until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whip until sugar is dissolved.
  5. To assemble, cut cake into one inch cubes. Place 4 cubes into an individual dish. Drizzle on the ganache. Layer more cubes, more ganache and then top with whipped cream. Garnish with mint, strawberry, or a truffle.
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Please go and check out the other chocolate goodness to be found on these blogs today!  You will swoon at the creativity and lusciousness of these treats!

Rosemary at An Italian in My Kitchen has this lovely Thin Chocolate Cookie Layered Dessert:

and Nikki from Tikkido has Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies.  Yum.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Oooh, what a perfect recipe for valentine's day! And I absolutely LOVE trifles (especially in those cute little trifle dishes).

  2. This recipe looks really yummy. I recently bought an immersion blender her and started to make my own whipped cream it certainly is a lot easier than trying to do it all by hand

  3. Delicious! I love the pairing of red wine and chocolate. This is perfect for Valentine's Day!

  4. This is a great Valentine's Day treat. If I wasn't pregnant I would totally attempt this!

  5. All of these sweets posts I am reading lately are going to make me diabetic lol but really, this looks so delicious!

  6. What a fancy Valentines dessert! I would have to make it without the wine but I am sure it would be amazing!

  7. I love creating new things from things that didn't come out as they should. It's such a great way of turning things around!

  8. This looks like a sweet treat for Valentine's Day (or really any day). The presentation is really spectactular!

  9. this is the ultimate recipe for Valentine's Day - I cant wait to whip this up for my hubby- I think he will be pleasantly surprised!

  10. Chocolate and red wine, a perfect combination just in time for Valentine's Day! My husband and I might have to give this a whirl (after the kids to go bed, I don't want to share! ha!)

  11. What a perfect Valentine's Day treat! These look wonderful! I love anything chocolate + wine!

  12. This looks absolutely delicious - and perfect for next week's Valentine's Day! I bet your husband loved these! xx

  13. This looks delicious and the other recipes look yummy too. We love chocolate around Valentine's Day. :) Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh wow! That looks so good! I am definitely trying this recipe over the weekend! It looks amazing!

  15. Ohhh. I love chocolate trifle. Looks like a good treat for Valentine's Day.

  16. That looks so amazing. What an awesome plan for Valentine's Day!

  17. Now isnt this a romantic dessert. This is sweet literally I would love to serve this to my honey!

  18. As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. This is really a great treat for Valentines Day. It looks absolutely yummy!

  19. amazing recipes for valentines day just looks so good. Valentine's day is the best time to overload on chocolate.

  20. This dessert looks super delicious! I love a good trifle and am going to have to give this one a go.

  21. This would make the perfect dessert for the upcoming holiday. I love chocolate and of course I love wine so this is great.

  22. Yum. This looks so good would love to give them a try. Would be a perfect little treat for valentines! - jeanine

  23. This is such a beautiful and romantic dessert. I love the idea of being able to eat it out of a glass. It's just perfect for sharing with your sweetheart for Valentine's Day.

  24. Omg can we say yum?!?! A dessert that involves both wine and chocolate?!?! Yes please!!!

  25. Looks delicious! I love chocolate and Valentines Day


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