Wine Cake | Torta Negara

Wine cake or torta negra is a cake made with wine and is popular in Colombian cuisine. This cake has rich intense flavours and wonderful taste.

Yesterday I baked all four remaining letters for the ABC bake around the world together in one day. My kitchen was full of cakes and my girls were jumping with joy to see all those cakes. Because of the alcohol in the wine cake, I had to bake all the cakes together so I can satisfy my daughters with another non-alcohol cake or else they won’t let me click the pictures.

We don’t consume alcohol but do try having red wine every once in few months because of the health benefits. I had this red wine six months old and I wasn’t sure if it was spoiled or not. I googled and came to know the oldest the wine the better it is. I went ahead and used the red wine in making this cake which was perfectly baked.

I sliced the cake into small pieces and served them to me and my husband with our evening tea. We totally loved this flavorful and delicious wine cake.

Wine Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

A soft and delicious Colombian wine cake made that is totally perfect for a tea time party.

Course: Cakes
Cuisine: Colambian
Servings: 8 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 1 cup prunes pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup red wine
For cake
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoon water optional
  1. A week before making the cake soak the prunes and raisins into the wine in a glass container

  2. When making the cake preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 8" cake tin with butter and dust with flour.

  3. In a mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir all ingredients together.

  4. In another bowl whisk together oil and sugar until creamy. Stir in vanilla, juice and molasses and mix well.

  5. Add the soaked fruits along with wine into the molasses mixture.

  6. Add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients in two batches and fold in all ingredients together. If the batter seems dry add two tablespoons of water.

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted come out clean.

  8. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool in the pan. Drizzle more wine on top of the cake. Cover with cling wrap before serving.

  9. Slice and serve. Store the leftover cake in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

For better results soak the fruits in wine a day before making the cake.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 3235 Calories from Fat 938.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 104.3g 160%
Saturated Fat 15.1g 76%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 219mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 549g 183%
Dietary Fiber 24g 96%
Sugars 337.8g
Protein 24.8g 50%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

7 comments on “Wine Cake | Torta Negara”

  1. Sowmya :) says:

    This looks phenomenal! Can imagine how flavourful it would be with the wine soaked raisins. Lovely bake.

  2. Red wine in a cake is quite a new one for me. And the deep dark colour of this cake looks very stunning. Lovely pick Sapana.

  3. OMG… what an gorgeous cake loaded with full flavors. Great share and perfect pick for W

  4. Harini R says:

    The cake looks awesome.

  5. Yes the wine and liquors always enhance the flavour of the cakes, but we can definitely substitute with strong juices . The wine cake looks wonderful.

  6. Srivalli says:

    Four cakes together sounds so much work!..I dread the clicking part the most..this wine cake has turned out so good..

  7. Pavani N says:

    That cake sounds so flavorful with the wine. Love the texture of the cake — soft and crumbly.

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