Cayenne Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

Honestly can’t remember where I found this but it’s not original. These are amazingly good!


Cayenne Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/4 cups cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
3-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
1-3/4 cups lowfat milk
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups warm water

1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
6 tablespoons boiling water
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.

2. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Beat eggs, yolk, milk, oil, vanilla and water into flour mixture until fully combined.

3. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

4. To make frosting, heat chocolate over a double boiler until fully melted. Set aside to let cool slightly. Meanwhile, stir together cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne, and boiling water.

5. In a separate bowl, beat butter with sugar and salt until fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate and cocoa mixture until fully combined. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


5 thoughts on “Cayenne Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Excellent usage of cayenne pepper! I’m a webmaster of a site on the many health benefits of cayenne pepper. People don’t believe me when I tell them that you can add cayenne to chocolate, like the ancient Aztecs did and it doesn’t destroy the wonderful taste of the chocolate IF you balance it correctly. This recipe is excellent. I would recommend only using 30,000 to 50,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) cayenne, though. If you use hotter, it won’t be pleasant to the taste. It will be too hot.

    Glad I found this.


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