Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

This Red Wine Chocolate Castle Cake is an irresistibly moist chocolate cake spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance.  

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Well. . .hello there.  It looks like I’m still failing miserably at checking in with you on the regular.  Perhaps 30 lashings with a wet noodle will help turn this around.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

In all seriousness, I really do go into each week with the intentions of bringing you something tasty to sink your teeth into.  But honestly, I’m still struggling with finding that magic bullet that will allow me to do all the things necessary to keep this little space interesting while keeping our house running smoothly despite the Mr.’s seemingly endless business trips, fitting in my increasingly rigorous exercise routine (more on that later) and. . .well. . . navigating life in general.  If you do manage to find the secret sauce that enables life to flow seamlessly, pretty please with a cherry on top send a tankard full my way.  I desperately need it.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

Red Wine Velvet Castle Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - CLICK for recipe.
Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.
Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.
Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

On top of my already topsy turvy life, the Mr. and I have been busy searching for a more “permanent” home.  The already unbearable construction outside our place is about to quadruple as they are getting ready to break ground on a high rise RIGHT outside of our living room window which means our prized possessions, and the Mr’s whiskey collection, will continue to shimmy and shake as they drive monstrous beams into bedrock.  If that weren’t bad enough, our envious city views will soon be going sayonara only to be replaced by a barren cement wall, or worse yet, an extremely invasive view inside anothers apartment (uuuuh.  Can you please put some clothes on??)  I just hope we are long gone before this becomes a reality.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

In case my constant rants haven’t clued you in yet, Boston house hunting has been an extremely frustrating experience.  But the insatiable desire to get our furniture out of multiple storage units spread across the city (hello heavenly bed. . .It’s been so long since we last spent any time together) keeps us wading through the mounds and mounds of frustration and disappointment in the hopes that the home that was meant to be, will in fact be.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

So. . . I don’t want to jinx it given our less than stellar luck, buuuuttttt we have a contract on a place (again).  It is currently under construction and should be ready for us in June.

I wouldn’t say that it is our dream home.  I mean, you can see ocean and city views from what will be our rooftop deck but they aren’t quite as mesmerizing as some of the other places we have either lived in or attempted to purchase.  But in the end, real estate is all about give and take and we opted for square footage and finishes over views and a rinky dink space.

But perhaps what I am most excited about is the kitchen. This past year and a half I’ve been trying to make do with a kitchen the size of a broom closet, so the 48 inch Wolf stove and 48 inch Subzero refrigerator feels like an impossible dream. Oh. . .and there are plentiful cabinets to house my ever expanding collection of baking pans, molds & sprinkles.  And did I mention there is a regular sink AND a prep sink (for the path of tornado scale messes I always seem to leave in my wake), a wine chiller, and a 10 foot floating island?  Swoon!  A bakers paradise if I do say so myself and a somewhat rare find in the city.

I’m not sure what the lighting situation will be, so you may have to bear with me once again as I try to adapt my photos to best utilize the light.  Also, I most likely will be taking everyone on a tour once we close. . .so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss that.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

In an attempt to to send good juju that will hopefully result in us FINALLY closing the deal and moving into our very own castle, I made this Red Wine Chocolate Castle Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Isn’t it the cutest?  If I could move into this beauty, I definitely would.

This Red Wine Chocolate Cake all starts with an irresistibly moist chocolate cake lightly spiced with the dark fruity notes of Malbec Wine.  I personally used Cupcake Vineyards (P.S.  I’m not being paid to promote this wine, but just wanted to be perfectly transparent about what I used to make this cake) which has intense chocolate, mocha and plum notes. . .all flavors that perfectly compliment this cake.  You can either go with this wine or sub in your personal favorite. . . or whatever is handy.  But whatever you do, be sure to save a little on the side so that you can sip a glass (or two) as the cake is nestled in the oven.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

 

I then slathered the cake with a cream cheese frosting that has a tasty balance of sweetness without being so sweet that you fear you might need to keep your dentist’s phone number on speed dial.  Oh, and if your frosting skills need some work (like mine). . .hakuna matata.  You can slap it up on the cake any which way you please because you soon will be disguising it underneath an impressive costume of chocolate bark.  None will be the wiser that your frosting technique is a hot mess.

The chocolate bark is super simple to make.  Just zap it in the microwave for short intervals, stir and re-zap until smooth.  Skies the limit with how you decide to decorate it.  My personal favorites are nonpareils, sprinkles, chopped up candy, freeze dried fruit & nuts. . .but really you don’t have to stop there.  I have another cake planned for Mothers Day which will use something even more spectacular.  Stay tuned for that.

Oh. . .and consider yourself fully warned because this Red Wine Chocolate Cake is over-the-top delicious.  As proof,  I took the cake down to our concierge and the following day, he tackled me in the lobby, exclaiming that it was the best cake he had ever had.  I think he was trying to hint that he would be more than happy to clear my place of any remaining pieces.  Which I happily obliged for fear that nothing but elastic pants would be in my future if kept this delicious beauty anywhere near me.

 

XOXO-

Lynn

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Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.
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Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
1 hrs
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 35 mins
 
An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance.  
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
BUILDING BLOCKS
For the RED WINE VELVET CAKE:
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup Malbec or other red wine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp red gel paste
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vinegar
For the WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK:
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • sprinkles, sugar pearls, nonpareils
For the CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla bean paste
THE COURSE
For the RED WINE CHOCOLATE CAKE:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line three 5-inch round cake pans and two 2-inch round cake pans with parchment paper & butter & flour them.  Set aside.  

  3. Whisk together the first four ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, oil & red wine on medium speed until combined.  

  5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla & red gel coloring.  

  6. Stop the mixer & scrape down the bowl & paddle attachment with a rubber spatula.   

  7. With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture & beat just until combined.   

  8. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk & mix until combined.  

  9. Stop the mixer & scrape down the bowl & paddle attachment again. 

  10. Add half of the remaining flour & mix until just combined.  

  11. Add the remaining buttermilk to the cake batter.  Mix until blended.  

  12. Scrape down the bowl & paddle attachment.  Mix in the last of the flour.  Do not over mix.

  13. Whisk the baking soda & vinegar together in a small bowl.  Add to the cake batter & mix on medium for 30 seconds. 

  14. Divide the batter among the three 5-inch pans and two 2-inch pans.  

  15. Bake for 20- 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

  16. Cool cakes in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cakes from the pans & allow them to cool completely on the wire rack. 

For the WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK:
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a microwaveable bowl.  

  2. Microwave for 30 seconds.  

  3. Remove from microwave & stir.

  4. Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals (about 2-3 intervals), stirring in between each interval.  Note:  White chocolate burns easily, so it is important to microwave in short intervals so that it can be carefully monitored.  

  5. Once the chocolate becomes very soft (it will still look lumpy), stir vigorously until the chocolate becomes smooth & silky (about 1 minute)

  6. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet & use an offset spatula to spread it out evenly.  

  7. Decorate with sprinkles, nonpareils, sugar pearls, freeze dried fruit, nuts or candy.

  8. Allow to set at room temperature.

For the CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl & stir until creamy.

To ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
  1. Place a small amount of the frosting in a small bowl & set aside.  You will use this to help attach the chocolate bark to the outside of the cake.  

  2. Level the cakes, if desired.

  3. Place a 5-inch cake layer on a cake plate, top with frosting.  Repeat with remaining layers.  

  4. Frost the outside of the cake.

  5. Break the chocolate bark into pieces.  To make slicing the cake easier, your pieces should be about the width of a slice of cake.  

  6. Before the frosting sets, spread a thin layer of frosting on the section of the chocolate bark that will be pressed against the cake.  Gently press the chocolate bark onto the cake.  Repeat until the entire cake is covered in chocolate bark.  

Recipe Notes

I used THIS food coloring.  Note:  I used 1 tbsp of gel coloring.  If you would like a more intense red, increase to 2 tbsp.  

If you would like to use a pan that is different than the size called out in this recipe, I recommend THIS tool to help you determine the recipe conversion.  

I doubled my batch of chocolate bark so that I could pick the best pieces of chocolate bark.  Alternatively, you could score the chocolate before it is fully set to  make it easier to snap off the desired size & shape.    

The estimated cook times do not include rest/cooling times.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - An irresistibly moist chocolate cake is spiced with the dark fruit notes of Malbec wine & coated with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, then covered with a sprinkle embellished white chocolate bark for a fun, yet regal appearance. CLICK for recipe.

45 thoughts on “Red Wine Chocolate Cake

  • April 9, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    Oh wow, this looks so elegant – I have never had a chocolate cake with wine in but you make it sound so inviting. Enjoy your new and giant kitchen!

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    • April 9, 2017 at 7:51 am
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      Glad you like it Jo. The wine adds yet another dimension to the cake. As for the kitchen. . .after being squeezed into a teensy tiny kitchen that barely fits even simple pans. . .this new kitchen will be like heaven.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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      I have to agree with you Julia that it is pretty tasty. Glad you like the decorations. . .it’s an pretty way to decorate a cake especially if you struggle with frosting a cake.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    This cake is absolutely stunning, as are your photos! I can’t believe I’ve never tried red wine in a cake before, this urgently needs to be rectified 😉 And sometimes life has to come before blogging and there’s not always much you can do about it; I hope everything works out for you with the home situation – sounds like a real pain!

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    • April 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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      It seems life always interferes with my blogging. I guess that is why it’s a hobby. As for wine in cake. . .you must get on that STAT as you are really missing out on something truly divine Natalie. 😉

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    • April 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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      Thanks Alyssa. I’m glad you enjoyed the cake. I truly am in love with these flavors and now have an minor addiction to making castle cakes.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    You can totally be forgiven when you come back with a cake this awesome!! So pretty and love that it has red wine!!

    Congrats on the new place, I hope it all runs smoothly from here!

    As for balancing life and the blog… I have no clue! I fumble my way through it and hope for the best!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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      I am so glad that you are going easy on me Michelle. And yesssssssss to red wine & cake!!

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  • April 10, 2017 at 9:49 am
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    Wow! Your concierge was one lucky guy Lynn! This cake looks like a total masterpiece! You put so much time and effort into your cakes. They are always such a work of art! I love the addition of the red wine. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’ll need to give this fabulous recipe a try. Sorry, that your house hunting has been so challenging. I’m sure June can’t come quick enough for you guys! Hope you have a great week! XO

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    • April 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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      Let’s just say I keep the concierge well fed. And you must start adding red wine to your cake. It adds another tasty dimension.

      As for June. . .yes. . .please come. It’s 85 degrees here and they haven’t turned the aircon on yet. Worst part, my apartment faces into the sun, is virtually all windows and the windows only open a couple of inches.. .so yeah. . .I feel like a roast chicken. Of course that doesn’t really matter because I’m surrounded by construction. . .so you wouldn’t want to open the windows anyhow.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Yayy its finally up and it is so gorgeous! I do wish you could move into this pretty castle Lynn. Sorry to hear about your housing struggles. It is a real pain. We found our house after 8 months of looking so I know the pain of not being able to sleep in your own bed 🙁 Hopefully time will pass quickly and you will be in your castle soon! Bon Courage 🙂

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    • April 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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      Wouldn’t it be great to move into a chocolate castle? It’s a sellers market here in Boston and I can’t believe what they actually sell here (it would have been considered a code violation in other states I lived in). And let’s not talk about the prices. Right down the street from where I currently live a 1 bed starts at $1.8 mil. Do you know what kind of castle I could have bought for that kind of money in Ohio? I guess I was spoiled in my big, reasonably priced house in Ohio.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    Not really a chocolate cake fan, but Malbec is my latest favorite wine, so gonna have to try it. Plus a castle! Looks amazing and sounds fun to make. You continue to amaze me with your creative genius, Lynn!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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      Shirlee!!!!! Well. . .being a non-chocolate lover you just might be okay with this “chocolate” cake as it only has 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder in it . . so it is not over-the-top chocolate. That said, you could always try it without the cocoa powder if you really are that adverse to chocolate. As for the castle design. . .it is really fun to come up with new ways to jazz up the chocolate bark.

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  • April 11, 2017 at 12:05 am
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    So beautiful! Chocolate and Malbec are a perfect combo for anyone going through house hunting:) Even if not blended together in a stunning cake like this one.

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  • April 11, 2017 at 10:26 am
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    Wow. It really sounds like your life is topsy-turvy right now. I hate that instable feeling. If I do find life’s little balancing act, I’ll send it to you. Right now, though, I want to put a cherry on top of that cake Malbec? I never would have thought of that – but it’s my hubby’s favorite wine.

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    • April 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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      I guess on the positive it keeps things from getting mundane and boring, now doesn’t it Alicia? Ooooh! A cherry on top would be the perfect ending to this delicious cake.

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    • April 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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      Awww thanks Sarah. I not thrilled with a couple of the photos. . .but that’s the way we learn. As for red wine and spices. . .they sure can amp up a cake, can’t they?

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  • April 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    This seriously is the prettiest cake castle ever. In all honesty, I am a big fan of cakes that are decorated like this, because I maybe can attempt making it, just maybe. So freakin gorgeous girl.
    On the other hand, hope your hunt goes well and soon, no one wants clotheless people..uggg.
    You know I’m gonna pin this everywhere.
    xx

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    • April 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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      You totally could pull this off Asha. It just looks intimidating but it really is easy (especially if your frosting skills aren’t on point). Fingers crossed for the house (still under construction. . .so you never know).

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  • April 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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    Oh you did not! I am crushing on this castle big-time. Ok, lashings aside, I need to stalk you and get a hold of some of this fabulous cake. I love it. You are a genius with creativity. You can never go wrong with malbec and nestled in this glorious, romantic, and playful cake, I think even King Ludwig would enjoy this. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope the housing situation you are in gets better. Pinning away

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    • April 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm
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      Ha! Ha! Thanks Cindy. Baking (and photography) is my creative outlet. In my previous Corporate life I struggled to sneak creative outlets in. . .so this is a dream to be able to find time to do it. I’m getting vibes that the housing situation will improve. Wink! Wink!

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  • April 11, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    Oh girl I feel you on the real estate front. It is absolutely a crucible of the most painful kind. But if you keep building confectionary castles like this one, I’m certain your real life dream castle will materialize in front of you. xoxo

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  • April 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    I totally love it Lynn! I’m always looking forward to what you’ll make next time and this time you totally knocked it out of the park. Really great artwork. Thanks for sharing!

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  • April 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
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    It’s a first for me!!! A wine cake!! and being such a WINO I’m delighted about it! What a great original and creative cake, plus it looks like a masterpiece! Great job!

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  • April 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    You have done it again! What an amazing cake, Lynn!! I love that it has red wine in it!! My fingers are crossed for you! I would be going insane with all that building! That kitchen sounds so great and I can already picture you baking away in it! xO

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  • April 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    Wow…this cake looks fantastic. With all the house stuff you are going through…I would be drinking the wine along with eating it (LOL). Don’t even talk to me about lighting. My house is the WORST and EVERY time I want to shoot ….it is cloudy. Thank god I got some lights that work. Good luck with the house/moving….hopefully it will all work out in the end.

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  • April 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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    This cake looks like a beautiful piece of architecture! and intriguing, as I’ve never tried a wine cake. You’re new kitchen sounds wonderful, and I look forward to your future creations.

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  • April 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    Spectacular! I’m impressed you can be so creative in your less-than-ideal space. Hope you get your dream kitchen someday soon!

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  • April 20, 2017 at 12:11 am
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    Such a beautiful, creative presentation! I love the motion shot of the cake spinning while being frosted!

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  • April 22, 2017 at 12:31 am
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    Wow this looks absolutely stunning! I have been wanting to make Red Wine Chocolate Cake, but this level is something else. Wow!

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