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!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake Trifle

by Our Good Life
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients (8 individual desserts)
  • 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
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray. Chill a mixing bowl.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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