Mexican Chocolate Cake

February 3, 2010 | Filed Under Baking, Cakes, Chocolate Cakes 

Melting chocolate chips and butter for the cake.


Neither my family nor I really care for chocolate cake.  We rarely eat it and prefer yellow cake over a chocolate one.  Recently, I saw a Mexican chocolate cake recipe on Canela and Comino .  One ingredient in particular intrigued me.  Ground cayenne pepper.  Ground cayenne pepper in a cake — in a chocolate cake?  I HAD to try this recipe. 

My mom recently celebrated her birthday and so I decided to make the cake for her birthday.  Yikes!  God help me if she and the rest of the family didn’t like it.   Can you imagine hating your birthday cake.  LOL! 

As I melted the chocolate to make the cake, it reminded me of the first time that I’d melted chocolate.  It was a disaster.  I’d burnt the chocolate.  Oy vey!  What an experience it was.   Thankfully, I’ve come a long way, today. I no longer burn chocolate.

Putting the cake ingredients was relatively stress-free.  I had no problems.  I mixed all the ingredients, including the intriguing cayenne pepper and put the mixture in the oven.

Later, I made the decadent-tasting icing (glaze) and poured it over the cake, watching with fascination as it landed on the top and dripped in  large puddles at the bottom of the cake.  It looked really good.  Better yet, it tasted REALLY good.  The chocolate, pepper and other ingredients mixed well together.  Luckily, everyone, especially the Birthday Girl, enjoyed the cake (and the icing!).  They all ate a second slice.  Whew!  

If you’re a chocolate cake lover, then this is definitely the cake for you.   Even if chocolate cake isn’t your thing, I believe you’ll still like a slice of this Mexican Chocolate cake.  I’m so glad my family of non-chocolate cake lovers loved this Mexican chocolate cake.

I have to share with you, though, that I had a plan B, in case the Mexican Chocolate cake didn’t go over nicely.  I bought a cheesecake.  What?  LOL!  I’m adventurous but I try not to be dumb, especially when it comes to my mom’s birthday cake.  Ha!  So, we ended up enjoying BOTH cakes. 






As seen on Canela y Comino
(Adapted from Nestle)
Serves 16


3/4 cup of butter
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 1/4 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2-3/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
1 cup of whole milk


1. Preheat oven to 350F.


2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate chips over medium heat, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Remove from the heat and add both types of sugar and vanilla. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.


3. Add eggs one at a time, whisking to incorporate completely.


4. In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper. Alternately add a third of the flour mixture and half of the milk, stirring to combine after each addition. Pour into a 12 cup Bundt pan, coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.


5. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out to a cooling rack. Drizzle with chocolate glaze.


1/4 cup of butter, melted
1/4 cup of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, room temperature
Pinch of salt


1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate chips over medium heat, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.


2. Add powdered sugar to a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add melted, cooled chocolate, whipping cream and salt. Stir until blended. If necessary, add additional powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time.


Decadent chocolate glaze.  Tasted soooo good!




A slice for you.



Chocolate cake batter.  Stick your finger in the bowl and have a taste. 











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21 Responses to “Mexican Chocolate Cake”

  1. such a sinfully delicious cake! too sinful! :roll:

  2. It must have been particularly satisfying to see everybody reach for a second helping. The cake looks beautiful. I am familiar with pepper in chocolate bars, but I have never tasted the combination in a baked good: now I am curious.

  3. Oh my goodness, how did i not know about this blog!! So many new things to try!!!

  4. Hello Paz!!!

    What a grand & very inviting tasty chocolate cake!! Waw!!!

    You can allways fly over to Brussels & make this for me & my husband!! 😉

  5. What a gorgeous hunk! I love the first photo too! Nice post – I’m sure it has happened that many people won’t like their birthday cake, too bad! But glad yours worked out. A belated happy birthday to your Mom!

  6. You don’t like chocolate cake and we’re still friends? How can that be?

    Here’s a link to another recipe that we use for a chocolate chili cake (not my own, though I have a tendency when I make it for us to double the amount of cayenne, because we like it that way) –

  7. My husband is a real chocolate lover so I might try this recipe, it looks absolutely delicious!

  8. This sounds fabulous, Paz! Of course, here in New Mexico, we put chili peppers in just about everything, lol!
    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

  9. I hope your mom had a lovely birthday. How could she not, with this lovely cake, and cheesecake too!

  10. Look delicious Paz. Very fluffy and light.

  11. The chocolate cake looks moist and decadent. I’ve always been curious about chocolate and chili. Thank you for convincing me that cayenne and chocolate aren’t a crazy combination.

  12. Ha! Two desserts! How come I wasn’t invited?

    I’ll have to copy that recipe. I just have to try it!

  13. I love Mexican chocolate cake. The combo of spices and chocolate is killer. Yours looks delicious!

  14. Love the combination of chocolate and chili! I’m a chocolate girl myself :)

  15. Hey Lululu: Too sinful, too good. 😛

    Hi Simona: Please try it and tell me what you think. Yes, I was happy that everyone liked it, especially my mom. 😀

    Hey there, Mary: Welcome! I’ve gotta try your muffins. 😉

    Hi Sophie: I’d gladly make this cake for you and your husband. Especially if I get to come to Belgium. 😉

    Hi Karina: Thank you! I was really happy with the outcome.

    Hi Mama Joey: I have a feeling that Baby C will grow up to be a chocolate girl, too.

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


    Hi Sra: I’ve passed your greetings on to my mom, who was happy to hear from you. 😉

    Hi Dan: LOL! I’m glad we’re still friends despite the chocolate thing. 😉 Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try it and I love the idea of doubling the pepper. I’m going to do that. 😈

    Hi Jientje: I think your husband would really like this chocolate cake.

    Hi Terry: Chili peppers in everything? Oh, I LIKE the sound of that! 😀 Thanks for the birthday wishes to my mom.

    Hi Kalyn: Thank you! I think she was happy. :smile:

    Hi Tobias: It was delicious! 😉

    Hi Tuty: I was very suprised about the outcome of cayenne pepper and chocolate but it worked!

    Hi Stine: Your invite must have been lost in the mail. Next time, I’ll mail it even earlier — Express mail. 😆

  16. Sounds and looks delicious! Love the idea of cayenne, cinnamon, and chocolate. They really work well together.

  17. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! So glad you and your family enjoyed this cake!

  18. Ummmm. that looks spoon-licking good! Beautiful photos of a very yummy looking cake.

  19. Melissa UNITED STATES

    Getting caught up on reading blogs and wow…what a wonderful looking cake! I’m going to bookmark this recipe and try it later!

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