Valentine’s Day may be over, but we’re still in LOVE with this low-carb red wine chocolate cake dessert.
Honestly, there’s no bad time to enjoy a piece of chocolate cake (or a glass of red wine). That’s why combining the two is such a great idea! But wait, aren’t both of those things full of sugar and carbs? Not today! Our Low-Carb Red Wine Chocolate Cake recipe is rich, lightly sweet, and just 3.5 net carbs per serving!
Yes, you read that right! Not only do you get to indulge in decadent chocolate cake infused with red wine, but it won’t interfere with your health and fitness goals. This particular recipe makes eight servings, so if you desperately need a second slice…it’ll be our little secret 😉
The Basics of Cooking With Wine
If the thought of attempting a dessert recipe that includes wine seems a bit overwhelming, you’re not alone. At one point or another, we’ve all looked at a complicated recipe and just decided to drink the wine instead (no judgment). While it may seem like a skill best left to the professionals, the truth is that cooking with wine is surprisingly easy.
If you want all the ins and outs of cooking with wine, make sure to read our blog about it here. However, if you’ve got a can-do attitude and a sense of adventure, here’s a list of tips to help you master the art of cooking with wine…
- Avoid “cooking wines” and only cook with wines you enjoy drinking. We’ve got a delicious Pinot Noir selected for this recipe, but feel free to sub your favorite low-carb wine if you prefer.
- Unless the recipe requests a splash of wine towards the end, it’s best to add your wine earlier so there’s enough time to cook out the alcohol.
- If the recipe does tell you to add a splash of wine at the end, use a wine that you already enjoy. Since you’ll be tasting it more prominently, it should be delicious.
- If the recipe doesn’t specify what type of wine to use, opt for younger wines that are dry and have fruit-forward flavors.
Obviously, there’s a lot more to learn about cooking with wine. However, these tips will help you get by with most simple recipes.
Cooking with Wine | Pinot Noir
Speaking of wine, let’s talk about the wine we’ve chosen for this particular recipe. We opted for our Pinot Noir Terre Siciliane because it pairs oh so perfectly with chocolate! Plus, it’s already jam-packed with aromatic notes that’ll curl your toes with every delicious chocolaty bite.
This dark dry red wine is medium-bodied with fruity aromas and a velvet finish. Plus, notes of cherries and raspberries are softened by the delicate aroma of vanilla. Honestly, we don’t blame you if you end up drinking a glass (or two) while you’re cooking.
Just make sure to save half a cup for the actual recipe 😉
Low-Carb Red Wine Chocolate Cake
Like we said earlier, this recipe makes eight delicious servings. Each slice has a little over 200 calories, less than .5 grams of sugar, 6.9 grams of protein, and just 3.5 grams of net carbs. To make this as indulgent and mouthwatering as possible, we’ve created a chocolate cake that’s fudgy, flourless, and a total crowd-pleaser.
Plus, if you wanted to, you can change up this recipe to suit a variety of needs! For a vegan keto cake, swap out the eggs for your egg replacement of choice (chia, JUST Egg, ground flaxseed, etc.). Just make sure you choose a replacement option you know how to prepare. Both chia seeds and flaxseeds need to sit and soak up water for a specific amount of time to develop the correct consistency.
If you’re not concerned about sugar or carbs, you can tweak this recipe however you like! We freely admit, however, that we’re fans of this recipe just the way it is.
- 1 1/2 cups of almond flour (fine)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp dutch cocoa (or additional cocoa powder)
- 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup water or preferred milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar (or granulated erythritol)
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of dry low-carb red wine
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Grease an 8-inch pan and line with parchment. The final cake is fudgy, so this will make removal much easier.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl (almond flour, cocoa powder, dutch cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar).
- Whisk together all wet ingredients in a separate bowl (water or milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and wine).
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisking constantly. Do not overmix.
- Spread the final mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 14 minutes (or until firm)
- Let the cake cool completely before serving, and voila!
Indulge in Rich Low-Carb Red Wine Chocolate Cake
This is a phenomenal recipe for celebrations, parties, or even for just an end-of-week celebration. Basically, try this recipe out any time you need a chocolaty treat without the added carbs!
We hope you enjoyed this recipe and that it helped you bring together your friends, family, or community! Don’t forget to stock up on all your favorite cooking and drinking wines, and definitely tag us when you post that perfect food picture on your Instagram. We’re all about community, so we’d love for you to be part of ours!