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Spicy Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Mostly sweet with just a hint of spice. That is what you get when you indulge in this spicy chocolate cake recipe.

Spicy Chocolate Cake

I know what you are thinking… Spicy AND chocolate combined in one cake?

I promise it is sweeter than you think. This cake is a fun and refreshing way to serve your favorite chocolate dessert. The spice level is tolerable for even the youngest taste testers.

My six year old was hesitant when he heard the word “cayenne” but eventually caved after staring at these cute little cakes sitting in our cake display for a few hours. He had the entire thing gone in seconds and was picking up the crumbs!

Spicy Chocolate Cake Recipe

I used a mini bundt pan to make these adorable tiny cakes but you could easily make these into cupcakes or a small 9 inch cake. If you are looking to create a layer cake I suggest doubling up on the batter. This recipe ends up with a flavorful and moist dessert that has a powerful flavor all on it’s own but a light dusting of powdered sugar or drizzle of chocolate ganache leaves you with a professional looking treat!

I whipped up a spicy chocolate ganache, recipe coming soon, over on Periscope the other day and loved the end result. The secret to a good ganache is to use a good quality chocolate. I love Ghirardelli 60% cacao but have also used semi sweet chips in a pinch. Either one is sure to produce a great end result. Make sure you drizzle it over the cake while it’s still fairly warm. If it starts to cool it will thicken up and won’t give you that nice pretty drip look. If that starts to happen just make sure you heat it up a little bit.

Spicy Chocolate Cake on One Sweet Appetite

So what do you think? Will you top the cake with a ganache, leave it plain, or a dust of powdered sugar?

Spicy Chocolate Cake

Spicy Chocolate Cake

Yield: 12 mini cakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Mostly sweet with just a hint of spice. That is what you get when you indulge in this spicy chocolate cake recipe.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Mexican chili powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee or water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or grease one 9 inch cake pan. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together both sugars and the soft butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the milk, egg and vanilla.
  4. Alternately add the dry ingredients with your hot coffee or water. Make sure you scrape the sides incorporating the ingredients well.
  5. Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full or pour batter in your prepared cake pan. Bake cupcakes 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Bake cake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Dust your finished cakes with powdered sugar or top with a chocolate ganache.

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Saturday 22nd of May 2021

I am quite happy to find this recipe! I have made slice and bake cookies with this same flavor combination and have been thinking about spicing up my brownies. Now I can make this ! By the way, those cookies are a hit every time I take them somewhere. Looking forward to baking this


Monday 24th of May 2021

So glad you like this recipe as much as we do! Something about sweet and spicy combined is just hard to resist!


Sunday 25th of February 2018

Tried this for my boyfriends moms 60th birthday! She loves spicy food so did the bunt cakes with powdered sugar! I also candied spicy pecans They were a hit!! Thank you for making a dessert for my future mother in law(?!?!?!!)

Miss Angie

Monday 5th of October 2015

That looks absolutely delicious, and fantastic photos too!


Wednesday 7th of October 2015

Thanks! They are so good!

Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal

Monday 5th of October 2015

I love the idea of mixing spices and chocolate. This is one cake my hubby is sure to love!

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