A Slice of Cake, A Glass of Wine, and Thou…
All right. So that’s not quite the original quote…
“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” ~ Omar Khayyam
But seriously? Who wants a loaf of bread when you can have a slice of cake?! (Although the argument could be made that a jug of wine is better than a glass, we suppose.) And thankfully, Cosmo understands two of the most basic feelings we sometimes have.
Cosmopolitan.com and Laura Burgess, a Vivino Partner Sommelier, came up with delicious cake and wine pairings for your next celebration. Or night in. Because you don’t need a celebration to enjoy cake and wine, really.
They’ve selected cake and wine pairings we can’t wait to try. And not only because it allows us an excuse to have some cake and wine! (We’re not denying that’s a factor. We’re just promising it’s not the only reason!)
What could be better than cake with built-in sprinkles? Cake with built-in sprinkles and sparkling rosé!!
Burgess says that Funfetti cake demands wine that’s fun and can revive a sugar-stained palate. “Delicate, creamy strawberry flavors are refreshing, and bubbles literally cleanse the palate,” she says.
White Wedding Cake
Yes, wedding cake usually gets washed down with champagne. But that’s not your best option.
Pro tip for pairing vanilla cake and wine: Bottles labelled “off-dry”— which are slightly sweet — are key, because they’ll bring out the best flavors in the vanilla cake.
Red velvet cake has enjoyed a recent spike in popularity. Loved by “basics”, it’s cream cheese frosting is a creamy treat!
Burgess suggests pairing this with a Pinot Noir to accent the chocolate undertones in red velvet cake with cherry and berry flavors.
Cheese cake is a love-it-or-hate-it dessert. For every dessert lover who can’t get enough, you have another who insists cheese and cake don’t even belong in the same sentence, let alone the same dish! This advice is for those who love it.
“The high fat content in cheesecake begs for a wine with acid to keep things refreshing,” she says.
Our personal favorite.
She says the combination of chocolate-covered cake slices and red wine is like “a spa day for your palate.” I’m into it.
Go for red blends and find out why red wine with dark chocolate is a perfect pairing!
Serve lemon cake with Prosecco, both are light and refreshing.
Burgess says that delicate flavors of orange and citrus plus the bubbles will intensify the tart lemon in the cake, making the wine and cake better.
And finally… a cake classic.
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing
Yellow cake with chocolate icing is a childhood (and second-childhood) staple! AND you can apply the same rule to marble cake with chocolate icing!
“The combination of earthy aromas and berry flavors of Bordeaux contrast the intensely chocolate frosting and crumbly yellow cake, making for a perfect pairing when sticky palates and Bordeaux collide,” Burgess says.
Now you’re set.
It’s five o’clock somewhere. And it’s somebody’s birthday. (And if not, your local bakery probably offers deals like ours on unclaimed birthday cakes, all decorated up with nowhere to go!) Have a party!
Just a slice of cake, and glass of wine… and all the friends you wan to share with!