Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

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The heat of homegrown chili peppers infused in a chocolate cupcake batter makes these the hot, sweet chocolate dessert to die for!

Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes


Why make a big ole cake when you can make lots of little cakes! Cupcakes are an easy to-go treat or gift to give and now, a huge tree of cupcakes have become the rage replacing wedding cakes!

Cupcakes can be made, half frozen for another time and ice only what you want at the moment you want them. 

Make Cupcakes In Advance and Ice When Ready

Kids certainly love a cupcake with a candle much more than a big cake, also less germs to blow out a candle when its only on your cupcake! Covid has changed birthday cakes forever!

Chocolate Cupcakes

This chocolate cup-cake recipe is my all time favorite. It’s moist, rich in flavor, and with the right amount of heat to be memorable. 

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate icing can be piped on for a fancy look or simply schmeared on when you just want to have ‘at’ them!

Coffee In Cake Recipes

The addition of coffee adds a moistness from the oils in coffee while creating an even deeper richness of flavors to the raw cacao chocolate and exotic spices.

The batter to this recipe looks to be thick and perhaps too thick to be moist until you pour in the hot coffee at the end of mixing. It suddenly comes together and makes for an incredibly moist cake. 

Chili Chocolate Cakes

If you have never had the essence of chili infused into a sweet chocolate dessert, you are in for a spectacular treat. Chilies and chocolate are incredible together. Chocolate Chili Pasta is a must try and it is so easy to make!

Chocolate Chili Pasta

These may not be kid friendly, unless your little one already likes a little heat, but oh my the combo of chili and chocolate is fabulous!

Ancient recipes from Peru and Mexico have infused the heat of chili and cacao in ‘mole’ sauces for savory dishes, and so flipping the switch to a sweet dish only makes sense.

The earthy flavor of both the pepper and the cacao, laced with sugary sweetness will have you making these cupcakes for many of your adult dinner parties. 

Make Sure To Select The Hot One!

Making Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

There are 3-steps to making these luscious cup cakes:

  • Preparing the Secret ingredient ‘the pepper syrup’ ahead of time and keeping plenty in the fridge will make cake baking day all the faster.
  • Making the cakes
  • Making the icing
Use Real Chocolate

Ingredients Needed

  • Chili peppers
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Oil
  • Hot Coffee
  • Cacao
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Dark Chocolate squares
  • Cream
HOT Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Strainer
  • Hand mixer
  • Small closed container
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spatula or piping bad with nozzle – for icing
  • Muffin tins
  • Cupcake baking papers
  • Non-stick spray
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven

Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Cakes



The heat of homegrown chili peppers infused in a chocolate cupcake batter makes these the hot, sweet chocolate dessert to die for!


  • Pepper Syrup Ingredients

  • Cayenne Peppers – 1 or 2, (other hot chili peppers work as well)

  • Sugar – 1 cup

  • Water – 1 ½ cups

  • Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • Eggs – 2

  • Sugar – 2 cups

  • Milk – 1 cups (whole milk)

  • Oil – 1/2 cup sunflower oil (or your choice)

  • Pepper syrup – 1/4 cup (made in advance)

  • Hot Coffee – 1 cup hot coffee

  • Cacao – 3/4 cup

  • Flour – 1 3/4 cups

  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

  • Baking soda – 1 1/2 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tsp

  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp

  • Allspice – 1/2 tsp

  • Icing Ingredients

  • Butter – 1 stick, room temperature

  • Cacao – 3/4 cups

  • Powdered Sugar – 2 – 2 1/2 cups (depending on desired thickness)

  • Melted Dark Chocolate – 4 oz (70% or more cacao) cooled slightly

  • Pepper Syrup – ½ cup (recipe above)

  • Cream – 1/4 – 1/2 cup of whipping cream (as needed)


  • Simmer the pepper syrup ingredients for about 20 minutes. Cool, and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Strain when ready to use. 
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Prepare cupcake tins with cupcake baking papers, lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Mix the eggs, sugar, milk, oil and pepper syrup until well blended.
  • Stir in the cacao, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice, mix well.
  • Slowly pour in hot coffee while mixing. Batter will thin, and any lumps with smooth out.
  • Fill prepared cupcake tins.
  • Bake until tester comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes. Cool before icing.
  • While the cupcakes bake, make the icing.
  • Whip all ingredients together, taking care to slowly pour melted chocolate into the mixture, and add only enough cream until desired consistency is obtained.  
  • Spread icing onto cooled cup cakes or pipe the icing on.
  • Store in the fridge.
Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes




My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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