Although cooking with wine is typically reserved for the stovetop, it’s possible to use it for baking as well. When you use wine in baking, the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, leaving only the fruity or earthy flavor of the wine. Baking with wine is a great way to incorporate a little extra flavor into baked goods.
Using Wine in Baking
The type of wine you use for baking depends on the type of dish you plan to make. For example, the sweetness of port wine lends itself well to baked fruit dishes. Sparkling wine can add lightness or sweetness to pound cake. Wine cakes can incorporate either red or white dry wines.
Can I Use Wine Yeast for Baking?
At-home wine makers typically use a special kind of yeast known as “wine yeast” in their wine recipes. If you’ve made your own wine in the past, you may have ended up with leftover wine yeast. You don’t have to discard it—instead, consider using wine yeast as a substitute for regular yeast in a bread recipe. Wine yeast can lend a delicate, fruity flavor to an otherwise ordinary loaf of homemade bread.
Wine Cake Recipe
This recipe uses white cake mix, vanilla and white wine to make a light, sweet cake that’s perfect for holidays. (Red wine lends itself better to chocolate-based cakes).
- 1 18.25-ounce package moist white cake mix
- 1 5-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 4 eggs.
Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, nutmeg, oil, wine and eggs in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for five minutes.
Pour batter into the bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from pan and allow it to cool completely. Slice it and serve. Whipped cream and sliced fruit go well with this cake.