Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes filled with Nutella Chili Chocolate Ganache and Chili Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper flakes (add more if you like it spicier)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
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  • For the ganache:
  • 6 ounces (170 g) good dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup (146 g) Nutella
  • 3 Tablspoons (43 g) unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (158 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
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  • For the frosting:
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar (original recipe calls for 4 cups)
  • 1 package, 8 ounces (228 g) cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 8 Tablespoons (114 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) vanilla extract, clear
  • cinnamon sticks for decoration
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 24 muffin cups.
  3. Mix and sift flour, cocoa, sugar, pepper and baking powder together into a bowl. Add oil, vanilla, eggs, and milk; beat for 30 seconds with a mixer at low speed, scraping the bowl frequently. Beat for 7½ minutes more with a stand mixer at medium speed or 6 minutes with a hand mixer at high speed, scraping the bowl 4 – 5 times.
  4. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from oven and cool in pans for about 12 minutes. Remove muffins from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  5. Use an apple corer to remove some of the center of the cupcake for the filling.
  6. Altitude adjustments: 6,500 – 8,500 feet: Decrease baking powder to 1¾ teaspoons. 8,500+ feet: Decrease baking powder to 1½ teaspoons. Increase milk by 1 tablespoon.
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  8. For the Ganache:
  9. In a small pot bring the cream to a boil. Take form the heat and add chocolate, Nutella and butter. Let sit for a few minutes.
  10. Slowly stir until everything is well incorporated.
  11. Mix in the chili. Add more chili (I added ground red pepper flakes) to adjust the spiciness to your liking.
  12. Let sit and cool for 30 minutes before filling the cupcake.
  13. Fill the cupcake using a small spoon with ganache until the ganache reaches the rims of the top of the cupcake.
  14. The cupcakes are now ready to be frosted.
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  16. For the frosting:
  17. In a bowl sift together the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and confectioners' sugar. Set aside.
  18. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed for about 4 minutes.
  19. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  20. Add the sugar mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix together.
  21. The frosting is now ready to be piped onto the cupcakes. Use a bigger tip for bigger swirls. Decorate with a cinnamon stick.
Recipe by My Kitchen in the Rockies | A Denver, Colorado Food Blog at http://www.mykitchenintherockies.com/2012/03/01/celebrating-two-years-of-blogging-with-spicy-chocolate-cupcakes-filled-with-nutella-chili-chocolate-ganache-and-chili-cream-cheese-frosting/