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Shiraz wine, walnuts, Camembert cheese, and dark chocolate could be wine bar fare at its best. In my cupcake-centric world, however, they are the ingredients in wine and cheese cupcakes.

Serve these wine and cheese cupcakes at your next wine party.  In fact, plan a wine party around them.  These wine and cheese cupcakes are worth it!  Don’t be scared by the Camembert.  It’s a stinky cheese, for sure, but once it’s baked into the cupcakes, your guests won’t detect it; they will only note a that these chocolate cupcakes have a sublime sophistication. They are chocolate cupcakes all grown up.

Note:  While it’s a common practice to nose wine before drinking it, be careful about nosing the cupcakes.  You may end up with a frosting-covered schnoz.

About the Camembert

I received the Camembert cheese as a gift from Ile de France.  I have had the good fortune to get to sample quite a few of their cheeses and I am never disappointed.  Here are some of the other Ile de France cupcakes that I have made:

Wine and Cheese Cupcake Recipe

Cooking With Wine inspired these cupcakes in a roundabout way.

I created this recipe by modifying a chocolate red wine cake recipe that I found on Eric Hazzard’s Wine Hazard.  It’s worth heading over there just to read the way Eric writes the recipe. It’s different and fun.  The recipe originally came from Food and Wine magazine and was inspired by Anne Willan’s Cooking with Wine.
Here is my adaptation of the recipe:

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Wine and Cheese Cupcakes – Try Them At Your Next Wine Party

Servings 16 cupcakes


  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 oz Camembert cheese
  • 1 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 C dry red wine I was looking for a wine that would pair well with Camembert and ended up using a Shiraz, thanks to Miranda McElhiney's suggestion on my Facebook page. Feel free to experiment with other wines.
  • 1 C walnut halves


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Alternately mix the dry ingredients and the red wine into the butter mixture until just combined.
  6. Fold in the walnuts. (You can chop them if you prefer, but I liked the nice big chunks.)
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Recipe Notes

Red Wine Chocolate Ganache

Frost the cupcakes with red wine chocolate ganache. Enjoy!


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13 comments on “Wine and Cheese Cupcakes – Try Them At Your Next Wine Party”

  1. Tanvisays:

    very beautiful looking…I m here first time and loving it! The use of wine is a wonderful idea!

  2. such a unique, fancy cupcake!

  3. Bridgetsays:

    I read your recipe and it screamed Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz! Would be the perfect wine for the recipe.

  4. I love this idea. Me and my friends are always looking for an excuse to indulge in cupcakes, so add wine party to it and I’m actually already planning the menu. Thanks!

  5. Joysays:

    This recipe is amazing.

  6. Amysays:

    Wow! These are so creative! I love this idea :)!

  7. just made these for a bridal shower with a bit of a twist — nixed the chocolate and wine in the CAKE recipe and put them in a buttercream instead, making it a camembert and walnut cupcake with a chocolate shiraz buttercream. turned out great!! thanks for the inspiration, you’re awesome!

  8. baker n00bsays:

    Stumbled upon this recipe, tried it with my parents, and now they want me to make it every other week! I blame you!! Awesome stuff. Thanks for this. :)

  9. Anonymoussays:

    Great recipe, can you please help me out advicing if you used just the soft inside of the cheese or whole cheese cut into pieces? Thanks.


  10. zakasays:

    I made your mushroom cupcakes and they were a hit! Going to try these next!

  11. Sophiasays:

    I’ve been making this recipe for 6+ years now, and all my family looks forward to it at holidays! Thank you for publishing!

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