Cupcakes

Fiery Chocolate Cupcakes

I have never been a fan of spicy foods. I don’t understand why people want to eat foods that cause physical pain.  But recently I discovered that often those spicy foods also have a really delicious flavor. I decided I needed to build my tolerance to spice because I am missing out on so many amazing foods and flavors by avoiding it.

I started small, dipping chips in spicy, delicious queso.  I’ve recently advanced to buffalo sauce…on everything… (I love buffalo!)  In fall and winter, I always think the chocolate with cayenne and cinnamon sounds so appealing, but I avoid it because I fear the spice.

But I made these cupcakes, and braved the spice to give them a taste test. I bit in and immediately was in heaven with the rich, delicious chocolate flavor.  But where was the spice?  These just taste like divine chocolate cupcakes. And then suddenly, it hits you! Trust me, just wait for it…

But these are spicy in the best possible way.  These are one of those foods with a flavor so delicious that the spice is totally worth it. The cinnamon adds that perfect touch of fall flavor, and the cayenne brings a warmth to the fall chill.

These will make a perfectly scary treat for your next Halloween party, or for a chilly gathering around a nice bonfire.  Cozy up in this amazing weather with these hot treats!

I have a ridiculous number of Halloween cupcake liners

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Fiery Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Icing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Icing
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners.
  2. Beat butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour through cayenne.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the milk to the egg mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Fill liners and bake 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes in the tin for approximately 5 minutes, then move cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
Icing
  1. Combine butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and spices.
  2. Alternate adding in powdered sugar and milk until icing is desired consistency.
  3. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.
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