Cinnamon & Cayenne Chocolate Cake

This is the kind of stuff that puts a smile on someone’s face. And who doesn’t want to do that?



200 g flour
300 g sugar
75 g unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder
180 g buttermilk (room temp)
160 g hot water
180 g vegetable/canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs


227 grams unsalted butter softened
224 g powdered sugar
120 g melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cayenne poweder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line two 8″ cake rounds. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. In a separate medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and eggs.

Combine wet (not hot water) and dry ingredients. Mix until combined and then add hot water. Mix until combined and then pour into prepared pans.

Cook for approximately 25 minutes until done. Let cool and then make frosting.

Melt chocolate and set aside to cool. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add butter and powdered sugar to bowl and mix at high speed until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Add cayenne and vanilla. Lower speed and slowly add melted chocolate. Cover in a cool place until cake is completely cooled.

To decorate my cake, I trimmed the layers to level them and put the excess cake into the food processor to make crumbs.

5 thoughts on “Cinnamon & Cayenne Chocolate Cake

  1. I am soooooo in love with chocolate + pepper. Currently crushing on chipotle-chocolate cookies, so this cake would be more than welcome at my table….

    plus it looks gorgeous


    1. Very good point. If you like it strong, double it for sure. There is some in the frosting too: I didn’t want it to over power, but you can sense it more than taste it…hope that makes sense.

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