Just a Hint of Spice Fire-cakes

I wanted to make a simple recipe for chocolate-chili cupcakes that I could decorate with flames.  There's tons of really good chili & chocolate recipes if you Google "spicy chocolate cake", but this recipe is much more basic than that.  I used a Betty Crocker Devil's Food cake mix to which I added two teaspoons of McCormick Gourmet Collection Ancho chili powder.  For the frosting, mix one 8 oz. package of cream cheese (I always use the reduced fat Neufchatel cheese), 1/2 cup softened butter, three cups powdered sugar, and one teaspoon vanilla.  I then used food coloring to make orange, yellow and red frosting.  I used the orange as a base and streaked it with the other two colors, focusing on making little peaks (to simulate flames) by pulling the frosting in an upward motion with the back of a spoon.  Finally, I garnished the frosting with red, yellow and red Fruity Pebbles (or the Malt-o-Meal version in my case).
Here are a couple observations: The chili powder doesn't really make the cupcakes spicy; instead, it adds just enough flavor to make you wonder what's in there and leave you begging for more.  I also love how the Fruity Pebbles add a slight crunch that contrasts nicely to the sponginess of the cupcake.  Although this frosting recipe is amazing, it's too thin to adequately make peaks that resemble flames, so I think a store-bought frosting might turn out better.  Let me know if you try it.



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    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are awesome! I couldn't find ancho chili pepper so I used New Mexico chili powder, and since it is less hot I added a few more teaspoons plus a sprinkle on the frosting. I used store bought frosting and it peaked really well. This was a great idea, good work!