A dense holiday spice cake studded with bittersweet chocolate chip pieces. The star of the cake, aside from the spices, is the red wine both in the cake and in the topping. The glaze contains no food coloring, just adding the wine gives tints it beautifully.
A recipe for the German holiday spice mix or lebkuchengewürz can be found here. It's great for baking but also adds great flavor to homemade mulled wine.
For an easier version of the cake and if you can't find or have no time to make the German spice mix, replace the spices in this cake with a traditional gingerbread mix.
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon clove
Also add 2 -3 tablespoons of dark molasses to the batter.