This Mulled Wine Cake is an elegant dessert for your holiday party. It's the rum glaze that takes it next level.
I did a thing.
I made cake batter with wine. Then I baked it. THEN I SOAKED IT IN A RUM AND WINE GLAZE.
I also added spiced mulled wine flavors to make it ULTRA festive and totally appropriate for any holiday where they may be a lot of family-antics, and you might just need a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to make everyone calm down.
Don’t lie. You already know what relative you’re going to be serving an EXTRA big slice of this wine cake recipe to.
There are times in life that you just feel really awesome about who you are, what you’ve become as an adult and where this crazy thing called life is taking you. Making this rum-and-wine-soaked cake, in all its SPICED and zesty-orange-y glory, IS YOUR MOMENT.
It’s like you’re being a master-baker AND mixologist all at the same time which, I think we can all agree on, is just the epitome of winning at adulting.
What is mulled wine?
Mulled wine is typically red wine (but can be white) that is infused with yummy, fall spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise (this is key) and served warm. Typically, oranges are also simmered into the wine, to give it some sweetness and sometimes a sweetener is added. Sometimes you add brandy too!
Of course, we did that. I only had your annoying aunt Margaret in mind and it totally was NOT because I just wanted an extra boozy cake, I pinky promise.
But, I might have my toes crossed so that promise doesn’t count.
Before I take all the credit for making you the MVP of the adult world, I have to ‘fess up and tell you that this mulled red wine cake was actually not my idea. It was Mr. FFF’s.
When he isn’t too busy giving me very boring ideas OR ideas that are ONLY Cajun (Instant Pot Cajun Chili I am looking at you) he sometimes has this moment of clarity where I realize that his taste buds, liiike, actually work and are not totally and asleep, or are hibernating for the winter or something like that.
Mulled wine is sort of a special dealio to us, because we first tried it in Leavenworth (GOOGLE IT! SO cute) which is a little German town in Washington that we used to go to every Christmas before we moved.
We drank it on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snowy forest and it was kinda-totally-completely MAGICAL.
And now, we love it and will drink it as soon as the temps drop below 75.
When he gave me this mulled wine cake, I immediately was a. excited because cake with booze and cake with my favorite mulled wine? I AM SO IN. but b. did not think that it would actually work because it would just be too amazing to exist on this world, and I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
But, liiike, you’ve had rum cake right? (please say yes, or I am SAD 4 U) It’s kinda exactly like that. BUT WITH WINE.
And brandy. And zesty orange sweetness and spicy-cinnamon, cloves and Chinese 5 spice! Which I actually didn’t add because I like to be creative and make things like vegan zucchini read with five spice or healthy gluten free sweet potato muffins.
I added it because Star Anise is the KEY player of this spice blend AND the KEY player of mulled wine.
So, this time? It makes sense because have you ever tried to find pre-ground solo-Star Anise? TOO HARD.
Other things that make sense: having a slice of cake WITH a glass of mulled wine. Extra slice for crazy Aunt Margaret.
We’re going to get through the holidays one boozy bite at a time.
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