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.
MEXICAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
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.