Valentine Sparkling Wine Cake

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For the cake

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup sparkling wine

  • 3 Tbsp. sour cream

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 5 cold eggs

  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla bean; 1 bean = 2 tsp. extract)

Preheat oven to 350°. Oil and flour a bundt pan and set aside. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together sparkling wine and sour cream. Finally, in a third, large bowl, beat sugar, melted butter, and oil with a mixer until well blended. Beat in each egg one at a time and add the vanilla. Beat on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. Slowly add the flour and wine mixture to the sugar mixture and beat until well blended. Bake 50 to 55 minutes.

For the sparkling wine glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tbsp. sparkling wine (or until the icing is a “drizzling” consistency)

Add a small amount of sparkling wine to the powdered sugar until it reaches a “drizzling” consistency and pour over the top of the completely cooled cake. You’re done!

This cake is so delicious, the sparkling wine makes it taste wonderfully fruity but gives it a flavor you can’t quite put your finger on why you love it so much–isn’t that perfection for Valentines? I try and make it every year for February 14th and I somehow found time to squeeze it in this week so I hope you enjoy!

**if you’re looking for some cute, last minute ideas for V-day, check out this DIY valentines paper topiary, these placecards, and these felt roses done three ways. Last year they were all a huge hit!!**

original recipe via BH&G Feb. 2010

– <3 A.

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