Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes

    48 minutes

    Ever thought of adding chilli powder to chocolate cupcakes? They are absolutely delicious. Add more chilli powder if you can take it!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1 (583g) box devils food chocolate cake mix
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chilli powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) water
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 4 cups (600g) icing sugar, or more as needed
    • 250g cream cheese, softened
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence, or to taste
    • 24 small dried red chillies

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:18min  ›  Ready in:48min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
    2. Empty the boxed cake mix into a mixing bowl and whisk in 1 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat in the water, vegetable oil and eggs; beat for 2 minutes. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake cups, filling them 2/3 full.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Remove and cool completely before icing.
    4. In a bowl, sift 1 teaspoon of chilli powder, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and the cinnamon with the icing sugar. Beat in the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until the icing is smooth; mix in the vanilla extract. Spread the icing onto the cooled cupcakes in attractive swirls and poke a small dried chilli, stem-side up, into the frosting as a garnish.

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    What a wonderful combination & a surprise in flavors. Awesome....& ...... Refreshing flavor combinations. BRAVO hats off to the chief that made the error & discovery to this cooking mistake to this oops error. Hurray 100% to this one.  -  23 May 2015


    These are so yummy and a real surprise when your guests detect just the slightest heat and try to figure out the ingredients. Delish....even for the faint of heart!  -  02 Mar 2015


    Fantastic!!! Love, love, LOVE this recipe! The ancho and cayenne work wonderfully with the richness of the devil's food cake. As written, I found it to have just the right amount of kick - not overwhelming at all. It really is a great 'adult' cupcake. The frosting is KILLER and compliments the cupcakes perfectly. I will definitely make these again. Thanks!  -  27 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)