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My entire family loves hot peppers. We grow habaneros, jalapenos, scotch bonnets and cayenne peppers in our garden and use them on a regular basis. Even my three year old has recently graduated to habanero salsa. He eats it in small amounts, of course, but he loves the floral flavor like the rest of us.

I lived in the southwest for many years of my life and regretfully never tried an authentic Mexican hot chocolate. I thought it would be a great idea to try it for the first time in cupcake form. And since my whole family loves spice these are extra spicy with a candied cayenne pepper garnish!

The flavor is spectacular! Seriously delicious! The spice is balanced out by the sweetness of the chocolate and the added cinnamon brings it to a whole new level. I never thought chocolate and cinnamon would be great together but I was horribly wrong. It is so, so good!

There are a lot of small steps for this cupcake but all are worth the effort.

Step 1: Candied Cayenne Peppers

Candied peppers are so easy to make and a deliciously spicy topper for these cupcakes.

Candied Cayenne Peppers
1/2 c. Water
1/2 c. Sugar, plus more for rolling
5-7 cayenne peppers

Cut cayenne peppers in half and remove membranes and seeds. Cut off stem and cut into slices of desired size.

Bring water, sugar and peppers to a boil in a small sauce pan. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes or until liquid reduces to a thick syrup. Remove peppers and roll in sugar to coat. Place on a silpat to cool and harden.

***Use caution when cutting hot peppers. I recommend wearing gloves unless you know exactly how to handle the peppers. The oils will get on your skin and burn if you are not careful.

Step 2: Make Cupcakes

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

1 1/2 c. Flour
1/2 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Brown sugar
1/2 c. Cocoa powder
1 - 1 oz pkg (favorite) hot chocolate
1/4 t. Salt
1 1/2 t. Baking soda
1 1/2 t. Cayenne powder
1 t. Cinnamon powder
3/4 c. Milk
3 T. Olive oil
1 1/2 t. Vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c. Hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cups with liners.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugars, hot chocolate mix, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and spices.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment add milk, olive oil, vanilla and eggs. Mix well.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time until well mixed. Stream in hot water while mixer is going.

Batter will be thin but this will result in an extremely moist cupcake! Pour batter into liners half way full and bake approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 3: Make Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 c. Heavy cream
3 T. Sugar
1 t. Vanilla

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment add cream, sugar and vanilla and whisk on medium high until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat.

Spoon whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Squeeze a generous amount onto the cooled cupcakes to form somewhat of a little mountain. Like you would get in top of your hot chocolate.

Step 4: Marshmallows and Chocolate

I have no idea if authentic Mexican hot chocolate is traditionally served with marshmallows and chocolate but my cupcakes couldn't be served without them!

Cut the sides off of marshmallows to get petal like shapes. You will get three out of each marshmallow. Set aside.

Using a vegetable peeler scrap along the side of a chocolate bar to get little curls of chocolate. About 1/4 to 1/2 of a chocolate bar will be plenty.

Step 5: Assemble

Gently dust the cream topped cupcakes with cinnamon powder. Add two pieces of candied cayenne, one marshmallow piece and several chocolate shavings.

Eat and enjoy!
<p>Oh...My...God...YUM</p>
<p>They are seriously that good!!</p>
Voted. Beautiful work... as usual. ;-)
Thank you for the vote. I really appreciate it. These cupcakes are really delicious. I know you are in Baja a lot, have you had a Mexican hot chocolate?
It makes me drool.
Ha! They are that good! :)
Oh wow same here
Beautifully presented, Jen... Even though hot chocolate is ALWAYS served best with whipped cream, especially homemade, a whipped cream cheese might pair well with these cupcakes if serving at a party. It will hold up a little better than your regular whipping cream, just a thought... These would have been FANTASTIC at any Southwestern party!
Great idea, do you have a recipe for that? I've never made whipped cream, cream cheese frosting before.
Beautiful cupcakes, and I bet they taste really good, too. The combination sounds delicious.
Thanks. I really think they are delicious. A nice change to overly sweet desserts.
These photos alone are making me drool. These really look delicious!
Thank you.
Wow! I don't know what I think about a hot cupcake, but you make too many good things to be wrong, so it must be delicious :)
If the whipped cream would make it in a box and through the mail I would send you some. They are definitely worth a try if you like spicy foods.
These look beautiful and delicious! Thanks for including the part about gloves. I was cutting habaneros a few weeks ago and I didn't were gloves. I was itchy all over for the next 2 days.
Thank you. If you like habaneros you should really try these. You will surely love them! You are lucky you were only itchy from the peppers. I had to soak my hands in milk for two hours once from mishandling peppers!!

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