mexican chocolate cake


i was making chocolate cupcakes and had a huge amount of batter leftover, so i grabbed my springform pan to make a cake with the extra. we're currently drying chili peppers in the kitchen, and as i was mixing the batter into the pan i thought about my favorite cold weather drink, mexican hot chocolate, and decided to try making it in cake form.

it was a good decision.

you will need:

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

1 cup boiling water

boiled sugar frosting instructions at bottom of this page
1 tsp. dried chili pepper, separated from any seeds

heat oven to 350ยบ F. stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix in milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and eggs. once thoroughly mixed, stir in 1 cup boiling water. the batter will be very thin and runny. pour into a cake pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. frost with boiled sugar frosting and garnish with cinnamon and dried chili peppers.


  1. this is gorgeous! i have to try and make it this weekend!

  2. yoyoyo. i made this for ashley's birthday last weekend and it was a hit! thanks for sharing the recipe.