Today is National Wine Day! I think that is definitely a reason to celebrate. 😉 I love to make interesting, unexpected, and fresh dishes to celebrate special days, and I couldn’t think of anything more festive for this occasion than these chocolate cabernet cupcakes. 🙂
These little cupcakes have a good amount of wine in the batter, and the wine pairs well with the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The cabernet flavor is prominent when they are warm, but subtler when they cool. They are perfect for an evening snack, paired with a glass of cabernet of course. 😉
Chocolate Cabernet Cupcakes
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cabernet sauvignon (I used 14 Hands)
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 tablespoons skim milk
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup ivory whole-wheat flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a muffin tin with 6 paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients (through the egg) until well combined. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) until well combined. Then add the chocolate chips to the dry ingredients, and toss until coated in the floury mixture. Merge the ingredients from both bowls, and whisk until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
Fill the muffin liners evenly with the batter. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
The sweet little chalkboard wine decorations are from Yesterday on Tuesday. The set was actually created for Valentine’s Day, but I thought they were perfect for my cupcakes. I think the designs are so adorable I might use them again in February!