Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cinnamon Wine Cake

The crispy bottom of the cake is the best part.

I'll keep this post short and sweet, much like this recipe! Cinnamon Wine Cake is delicious yet mellow, moist yet crispy, and elegant yet simple. Quite a chameleon it seems. We've had this recipe in the family for years, and I'm not positive everyone in the family will be happy I'm posting this, but it's too good not to share, and it's just so darn easy.

Also, there's a mystery about this cake. For some reason, it always tastes better if someone else makes it for you.

Cinnamon Wine Cake

1 package yellow cake mix

1 small package vanilla pudding

4 eggs

¾ cup oil

8 oz sour cream

1/3 cup dry sherry

1/3 cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Beat all ingredients, except sugar and cinnamon, for five minutes. Pour half of batter into a bundt pan. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle half of sugar mixture on the batter in the pan: then add the other half of the batter to the pan. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on top.

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. Let cool, invert on a plate and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Baker's Notes:
1. Do not use the large box of pudding, the cake will never set up. You don't want an unintentional cream filled cake. Similarly, choose the yellow cake mix without pudding in the mix.
2. Walnuts or pecans do not go well in this cake. Never mess with tradition.
3. This cake lasts for days, and is best after sitting a day or two.
4. Unfamiliar folk are surprisingly intrigued (and sometimes judgmental) with the cake after hearing "wine" in the name.

I like forks. Big ones.

In other news, besides being obsessed with taking better food photographs and being frustrated with photoshop, I seem to be addicted to making these super cute reversible aprons. Send in your orders, I may or may not take them seriously!

This is my super cute next door neighbor modeling my latest apron creation.

1 comment:

  1. Divulging a secret family recipe! HAHA! Love cinnamon wine cake! Doubling the cinnamon and sugar is awesome too!