Mulled red wine and chocolate cake

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This really is Christmas in a cake. Mulled wine, chocolate and a hint of spice combine together to make a delicious combination that is really lovely. It was my headteacher’s last week at school this week as she leaves us for pastures new. To help send her off we had an American supper on Wednesday evening and this was my contribution. This cake was very popular, even with people who weren’t big chocolate cake fans. The mascarpone topping combines perfectly with it and visually helps to create a snowy scene which you can decorate with some festive sprinkles. If like me you’re not a fan of traditional Christmas cake, this would make a great alternative and would be a good addition to any Christmas day tea. An added bonus is that if you’re short of time as Christmas approaches and want to get ahead it can be baked up to 2 days in advance and then stored in an airtight container and can also be iced the day before. The undecorated sponge can also be frozen. This is a Sainsbury’s magazine recipe which you can find online.
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