Support the Troops: Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Cabernet Frosting

We don’t do a ton of sponsored posts here on The PinterTest Kitchen, but this is a cause I feel strongly about, since my boyfriend was in the Navy. I hope you’ll comment below for the chance to win the grand prize – $500 donated in your name to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

ck mondavi wine

Wine? Support for our troops and there families? Chocolate cupcakes? Oh, let’s be honest…you had me at wine.

CK Mondavi is a veteran-owned winery in the Napa Valley, and they’re doing something pretty cool that I want to support whole-heartedly: a percentage of each CK Mondavi bottle sold between May and August is donated to Intrepid Fallen Heroes (up to $50,00). This organization is funded completely by public donations, and they support the families of troops who have been wounded or killed. The day Jeffrey came home (see below) was one of the best of my life. I couldn’t imagine getting that phone call that your partner isn’t coming home.

jeffrey and allison ike homecoming

In case you don’t like to drink wine, we tested out a yummy chocolate cupcake recipe that uses wine – so you can pick up a few bottles of CK Mondavi wine to make this recipe. They sent us Chardonnay and Cabernet to try, but if you’re going to be sipping while baking and like other varieties, any dry or semi-dry wines would work in this recipe.

(For the record, we really enjoyed the CK Mondavi wine! In our family, we tend to prefer sweet or semi-sweet wines rather than dry wines, but these were pretty good…especially considering that they’re each available for less than $10 at the grocery store!)

red wine cupcake

On a personal note, I want to encourage you to support our troops and vets.  I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to get by on an enlisted’s salary, and the problems facing vets after getting out of the military. I feel very fortunate that Jeffrey never had to fire his weapon while in the military, but most are not so lucky, and the emotional scars that causes can last a lifetime.

Okay, onto the recipe:

red wine cupcakes with cabernet frosting

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Cabernet Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Cabernet Frosting

These chocolatey cupcakes are perfect for any red wine lover, and the creamy cabernet frosting pairs perfectly with the cake.


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 sticks butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • For Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    For Cupcakes:
  1. Break up chocolate into pieces and add to cocoa powder in heatproof bowl. Add boiling water and whisk until chocolate is melted.
  2. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add wine and chocolate mixture in batches, switching between the two. Mix until both are added and batter is smooth.
  4. Fill lined cupcake tins 3/4 way full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (toothpick should come out clean).
  5. For Frosting:
  6. Beat butter until light and fluffy, then slowly add powdered sugar. Add wine and vanilla as powdered sugar is incorporated. Beat until all ingredients are combined and frosting is smooth with no lumps. (If more liquid is needed, add more wine or water.)

Cupcake recipe is a variation on this recipe from Rachael Ray. Frosting recipe is a variation on this recipe from Tide and Thyme.

Please comment below to share your own comment of support for our troops/veterans and their families. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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2 thoughts on “Support the Troops: Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Cabernet Frosting

  1. We’re a military family too and I agree that it is important to support the families who have loved ones who don’t come home. I couldn’t imagine that either. Lots of hugs and loves to anyone waiting for their soldier to come home!

  2. Lots of love to our military! I would hate being away from my husband for that long, so I have a lot of respect for families that sign up for that in order to protect our country!

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