Chili Chocolate Cake

Baking By SkisandBakes Updated 21 Nov 2012 , 11:19pm by Momy2Boys

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SkisandBakes Posted 19 Nov 2012 , 10:23pm
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Hi there.


I am hoping that some of you who know a bit more about baking science than I do can give me some feedback.


I currently make some chile - chocolate brownies. The recipe calls for the addition of 1 tsp cinnamon and 1tsp ancho chili powder to a recipe that makes an 8x8 pan. I would like to make a cake with the same zip as the brownies. I have seen the doctored mix recipe on Cake Central that suggests adding 2 1/2tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp chile powder and 1/2 tsp cayenne powder to the mix dry ingredients; however, I prefer to bake from scratch. Assuming I make enough batter to give me the same amount as a box mix (2  - 8" rounds I think) could I just add the same amount of cinnamon and chile powder to the dry ingredients for my stand-by chocolate cake?


Thanks for your help.

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BakingIrene Posted 20 Nov 2012 , 1:44am
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Yes you can increase the amounts of spice that you add to cake batter. No adjustment necessary.


But bake a single layer as a test if you are using sour cream or yogurt or buttermilk or lemon/vinegar in the batter.  These acid ingredients sometimes change the taste of hot pepper spices.

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Momy2Boys Posted 20 Nov 2012 , 4:43am
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AI have a recipe that I love. It's for cupcakes but I'm sure it could be used for a cake. Although I've never tried it.

Cin-Chili Chocolate

3 cups AP flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey) 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cups water 2tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp apple or white vinegar

Bake at 350 F 15-20 min for cupcakes.

This pairs really well with a cinnamon buttercream.

I hope this gives you an idea of what to do for you recipe or at least gives you a new one to try. :-D

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SkisandBakes Posted 20 Nov 2012 , 9:33pm
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Thank you to both of you. I love the idea of a cinnamon buttercream. I think I will have to bake an experimental cake this evening.

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remnant3333 Posted 20 Nov 2012 , 11:18pm
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Please let us know how this tastes after you bake this tonight. I am going to copy this recipe and put it in my documents to try at a later date. Thanks for the recipe!! It is greatly appreciated!! Mary

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leah_s Posted 20 Nov 2012 , 11:53pm
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Chocolate chili cupcakes are always popular.  I use regular chili powder, and also top with cinnamon buttercream.

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SkisandBakes Posted 21 Nov 2012 , 10:55pm
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Thank you for the recipe. I did my trial and it is perfect - just the right hint of chile spice to complement the chocolate. The suggestion of a cinnamon buttercream was spot on. This is going to be a great addition to our American Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow - not terribly traditional I know but I over did the pumpkin with Canadian Thanksgiving this year.

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Momy2Boys Posted 21 Nov 2012 , 11:19pm
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AI'm glad it worked out well for you! I'm not a chocolate lover myself, but I really like this cake a lot.

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