So, when I was thinking about recipes with wine...my brain kept going to whine. It's too bad I'm an occasional whiner...because I tend to dislike whiners. I want to tell them to put their big girl panties on and deal with it! Sometimes I have to tell myself just that.
Today, however, I'm not talking whine...I'm talking WINE. flipflop Wine to be specific. I've had a nice bottle of their 2009 California Pinot Noir waiting to be sampled for weeks now...but I'm not a big red wine fan (not enough of a fan to open a bottle to drink by myself, although I'll happily drink a glass or two if someone is helping or after using for a recipe) but we didn't drink wine last time my hubby was home so here it sits.
I ran across a blog from a couple of years ago that pictured some red wine cupcakes...and I thought, hey, I could do that...and I could add some chocolate to make it like a red velvet cupcake - red wine and chocolate can pair well...I'll add some cream cheese frosting...I think it's a "go"! Worst case scenario, it tastes like crap and I drink the rest of the bottle of wine by myself to drown my sorrows. Win-win!
|I LOVE THESE LABELS...the flip flops, the sail fish...just a great look|
for a great product. You know I had to sample it before using it!!!
Very drinkable...and that comes from a white wine fan :-)
I'm basing this recipe, with a few tweaks, on the recipe I found on the blog Scrumptious Photography. The blogger posted it back in 2009...so obviously cupcakes with wine in them aren't an original thought....but, since I don't see a lot of them posted, it bears trying. I also used her beautiful idea of placing the cupcake in a wine glass...I'd like to say it was my idea...so creative...but, it wasn't. So, anyway, here we go.
RED-RED VELVET CUPCAKES
(Red Wine and Red Velvet...Red-Red)
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white pastry flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs - room temperature
1/3 cup red wine (I used flipflop Wine's Pinot Noir)
1/3 cup buttermilk
Red Food coloring - use enough to make your batter quite red
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake pan with paper liners (12 standard size AND 12 minis OR I estimate 16 standard size cupcakes).
In a stand mixer, mix sugar and vegetable oil to thoroughly combine. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. (it starts to look like batter now) Add vanilla extract.
|the dry goods before whisking together|
|all of the ingredients out and ready|
|the wine and the food color and the chocolate make for a deep red color|
I use the Wilton unflavored red gel color. It took about "three toothpicks full"...which means I grabbed as much as I could on the toothpick and quickly plopped into the batter. That stuff stains so be careful not to plop it on something you don't want it on!
|hot from the oven|
|I always like to test one just out of the oven...oh MY they are good!|
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese - softened
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, add confectioners sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing completely between cups and add the vanilla at the end.
Frost cupcakes after completely cooled!
|Cupcakes and Wine...who'd a thunk it?|
I just ate one of the minis hot out of the oven. Nice crumb...really tasty...the chocolate is there and I can tell there's something "else"...it's got just a hit of cinnamon...sort of the Mexican chocolate taste...but still something "else"...yee haa...it's a red wine red velvet cupcake that has just a subtle background taste that no one would know what it was if I didn't tell them. THIS is what they talk about when they say "depths of flavor". It all tastes good together...but I would challenge anyone to tell me it had red wine it in! Wow, how come this stuff isn't more prevalent? I had to dig to find recipes to "tweak". I'm so thrilled. Thanks flipflop Wines for such a great addition to my baking arsenal...now my brain is whirring...I'm thinking about a Pinot Noir sweet syrup...with...something?
You'll have to endure my photos...I had fun taking the treats out to the balcony...
|Dolphins, Flip Flops, Wine, and the Bay...oh, and cupcakes!|
Life's little pleasures!!!
|No relation to food...just a lovely coastal bird...|
I love living on the Laguna Madre :-)
Bon Appetit, Y'all!