Cupcakes: Round 1 (Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting)

I've been in search of a delicious, unusual, fantastical, four-star original cupcake recipe. And in the chocolate category...I think we may have found a winner. 

Now there is nothing wrong with a plain chocolate cupcake with either chocolate or vanilla frosting. It's an oldie but a goodie for a reason. 

I was looking for something to spice that up a little. Take the "ordinary" to the "extraordinary". 

During the Christmas holidays I make a Mexican Hot Chocolate cookie. Chocolate with a hint of black pepper, chili powder and cinnamon. So I thought "Why not a cupcake?"

And since I've promised to share the "winners" with people here's the "recipe" as it were. 

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 box Chocolate Fudge cake mix
1 1/3 cup coffee*
1/2 cup vegetable oil*
3 eggs*
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

(* Denotes measurements instructed on the box. Follow your cake mix recipe but substitute coffee for any water)

1) Combine cake mix and all spices - blend thoroughly
2) Add coffee and oil
3) Add eggs, one at a time - mixing well in between
4) Fill cupcake papers 2/3 of the way full (I use an ice cream scoop so they come out equal)
5) Bake 20 minutes - or until toothpick comes out clean

While cupcakes are baking beat 2 teaspoons of cinnamon into white vanilla frosting (yes, I used store-bought). 

Once cupcakes have cooled completely - frost with cinnamon icing and decorate as you please (I used a light dusting of cinnamon on top). 

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So far all of my "taste-testers" (aka family) love them and agree these are the winning Chocolate cupcakes!


  1. those sound wonderful! Helena had cupcakes at her wedding, instead of a traditional cake, or perhaps in addition to, but one that she had that was so tasty were these spicy chili chocolate cupcakes and it's so amazing how much the spiciness brings out the chocolate flavor! :)

  2. These totally remind me of the 7 spice cake we had at departure! NOM!


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