Cayenne Chocolate Cake

Cayenne Chocolate Cake


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Cayenne pepper adds a very subtle but amazing kick to this moist chocolate cake. Ask your guests if they can guess the secret ingredient!


Serves: 24 

  • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 250g butter
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 65g butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring 250g butter, water and 3 tablespoons cocoa to a boil. Remove from heat. Add to flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, Mix sour cream, eggs, bicarb soda and cayenne pepper. Add to the cake batter. Blend well. Pour batter into tin.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  6. For the icing: Melt 65g butter, add 1/3 cup cocoa. Add icing sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth and free of lumps.
  7. Spread icing on the cooled cake. Cut into squares and serve.

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