Chocolate Cinnamon Christmas Cake

Let's start the Christmas season
 It is already the middle of December and I am just starting to bake for Christmas. The month is slipping by too fast.

This chocolate cake has cinnamon and red wine in it which gives it a nice zingy taste.

The recipe is originally from Christine Ferber who is  best know for her jams.

This cake is quite quick to put together - about 30 minutes total. You can either bake in two small pans or just one large one.

125 grams softened butter
125 grams sugar
5 grams cinnamon
75 grams dark chocolate (about 60%)
50 grams red wine at room temperature
125 grams flour
75 grams almond powder
5 grams baking powder
5 grams cocoa powder
125 grams egg

1. Mix the softened butter with the sugar and cinnamon using a whisk. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, almond powder, baking powder and cocoa together.

Wine and chocolate are ready to mix
Use a small whisk to combine together
2. Melt the chocolate over a pan of hot water. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the wine in portions and use a small whisk to mix together. Put over hot water again if the chocolate becomes chilled.

3.  Add the egg to the chocolate in portions  using a small whisk. Add in the butter mixture in portions. Add the flour mixture and mix together well with a spatula.

4. Put into pans that have been coated with butter and flour. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 - 25 minutes.
Use a Kugelhopf pan if you have one since the pan also makes a nice design for the cake.

Cakes ready for the oven
Cake just out of the oven

Baked in a kugelhopf pan


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