Penns Wood Winery Lacrima Dolce Flourless Chocolate Cake with Macerated Cherries

Wine, dine and dessert your guests with a little help from Penns Woods Winery‘s Lacrima Dolce wine, a late-harvest merlot bursting with flavors of ripe, juicy cherry, capped with a long, silky, chocolate-meets-cinnamon finish.

Lacrima Dolce is a perfect pair to rich desserts, so why not add a bit — or, in this case, an entire bottle — into your next baking venture? You can: This Lacrima Dolce flourless chocolate cake, topped with macerated cherries, is rich, yet not-too-sweet, and is a stress-free option when company awaits.

Lacrima Dolce Flourless Chocolate Cake with Macerated Cherries

Serves 8
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
90 min 25 min 115 min


  • 1 bottle Lacrima Dolce
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus pinch salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cherries, pits and stems removed, halved
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan. Grease the pan and line with the parchment round.
  2. In a small pot over medium heat, bring Lacrima Dolce to a simmer and reduce by half, so about 1 cup remains. Chill.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of the reduced Lacrima Dolce, 1 teaspoon of sugar, pinch of salt and black pepper. Add the cherries and marinate for at least one hour.
  4. To make the cake, place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate and butter at 15-second intervals, stirring after each round, until the chocolate is melted.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate and butter into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, vanilla, egg yolks, egg whites and the remaining 1/2 cup of the reduced Lacrima Dolce to the chocolate. Whisk to combine.
  6. Add the cocoa powder to the batter and whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the middle is set and a thin crust has formed over the top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  8. Portion the cake into slices and serve with the Lacrima Dolce cherries and whipped cream.

Recipe and photo by Dish Works.

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