Cayenne Chocolate Cake

    50 minutes

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

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    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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    Very good cake like brownies. The only thing I would change is instead of adding water, I would add cold coffee and instead of 1 tsp of cayenne pepper I would decrease it to just 1/2 tsp. The coffee flavor adds just enough mocha that turns this into a terrific authentic mexican chocolate flavor  -  07 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was hosting Thanksgiving this year, and found out pretty last-minute that there was a pumpkin shortage, and was really disappointed... until I found this awesome recipe! I was thinking to myself "Self, how great could a cake really be?" and preceded to make and put this thin, none-too-special-looking cake in the over... and, not expecting too much, I took a bite, and melted. This cake is amazing, and everyone LOVED it. (I even had to hide it when my fiance's band members came over, because darn it, I want awesome chocolate cake for breakfast tomorrow!)  -  27 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very moist, very tasty chocolate cake that has a warmth but there is no way it has any hint of pepper taste. This is a really fantastic cake. The frosting though was runny and I had too add another cup or more of powdered sugar and another Tbl of cocoa and a couple more T of margarine to get it to spreading consistency. Thanks this was a great cake!  -  18 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)