Red wine and chocolate can be a tricky pairing. Following a few basic rules, we created these mini dark chocolate red wine cakes that are a match made in heaven. These decadent cakes are perfect for enjoying with your loved one on Valentine's Day without having to share!

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be an expensive event at an over-crowded restaurant. In fact, it can be even more romantic (and budget-friendly) if you stay home. A nice home-cooked meal, a bottle of wine and these dark chocolate red wine cakes for dessert are all you really need for a successful evening. Although, if you want to make it a little more romantic, add in some of these Valentine's date night at home ideas. Love will surely be in the air!

Because these mini cakes are made with dark chocolate, you'll want to use a red wine such as cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel or merlot. I typically use cabernet for mine because that's what I like to drink. One good rule to remember is to keep the wine as sweet as the chocolate. In this case, the chocolate isn't very sweet.

Mini dark chocolate red wine cakes

Serves 2


  • 2 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons red wine such as cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel or merlot
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and lightly butter 2 custard cups.
  2. Place a large saucepan half full of water over medium heat. In a medium heatproof bowl, add the dark chocolate and butter and place the bowl over the pot of water. Melt the butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally to combine. Once they are completely melted and smooth, turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the saucepan.
  3. Add the red wine and powdered sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Add the egg and stir to combine.
  5. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter evenly into the buttered custard cups and place on a small baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the sides and top are firm to the touch.
  8. Let cool for 1 minute. Using a butter knife, carefully loosen the edges of the cakes and transfer to small serving plates.
  9. Sprinkle with a little bit of powdered sugar right before serving. If you have some fresh berries on hand, add those to the plate as well. Enjoy!

Want to learn more about wine and chocolate? Check out these tips on wine and chocolate pairings.

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