Double Chocolate Chipotle Chili Cake

Barbara Eaton Recipe

By Barbara Eaton raeofsunshine

9 x 13 or 3 layer cake
Cook Time:

I love the taste of Chipotle Chili in dishes. Got to thinking why wouldn't it work in chocolate cake? This turned out to be one of the most delicious cakes I have ever tasted. It is not "hot", but the "after kick" is perfect.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We know you're wondering... and the answer is, YES! You can definitely taste the chipotle flavor in this cake, but it's simply delightful! We topped our cake with whipped topping and the whole Kitchen Crew fell in love. Go on, spice up dessert!


eggs, stand at room temp for 30 mins.
2 c
all-purpose flour
3/4 c
hershey's special dark cocoa
1 tsp
baking soda
3/4 tsp
baking powder
3/4 c
butter, softened
2 c
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 c
3 oz
baking chocolate, semi-sweet, grated
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
chipotle chili powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease either a 9 x 13 oblong pan, or three - 8x1 1/2 inch. round pans. (I use Pam type butter flavored spray or Baker's Joy when making cakes).
In medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, Chipotle chili powder and salt. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl beat butter for 30 seconds on medium to high. Gradually add sugar 1/4 cup at a time beating after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on medium an additional 2 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
Alternatly add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beating on low after each addition until just combined.
Beat on medium to high for 20 seconds. Stir in grated chocolate.
Divide the batter between the prepared pans (or place in pan if using oblong). This batter will be quite thick.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes on wire rack.
Remove from pan(s) and finish cooling on wire rack.
Frost with Especially Dark Chocolate Frosting (recipe on site), or your favoite frosting. If, desired top with a dollap of whipped cream and some shaved chocolate.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chocolate...

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Naomi Nakashima Fanaile
May 3, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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Lisa Ann Kelly syzygysb
Nov 16, 2012
@sharon Sanders Please refer to comment made just ahead of your question. The answer is there.
@Nancy B. I don't think you need to apologize. When I first read this recipe, my question was all about the correct amount of chipotle powder. I have used chipotle chilies for 30 years, in my enchilada recipe. This recipe looks to contain too much of the powder, unless you're a real "super-spicy food" fan.
Nancy Bailey BAKINGNancy
Nov 16, 2012
Sorry, but I made this cake today and it was way too spicy! my husband, who loves spicy chili tasted it and didn't care for it. Since I am not a sweet eater I made it for him, but he said to throw it out as he would not want any more of it. I gave several pieces to different neighbors and told them they could have more if they liked it. Both neighbors told me it was too spicy and they didn't care for it. I used the 2 T. of the chipotle chili powder as directed, but way too spicy. I didn't see where it even gave the cake a different taste, it was just too spicy. Sorry :(
Nov 16, 2012
could you substitute ceyenne for the chipotle?