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Cinco de Mayo Recipe – Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes

Mexican Chocolate Chili Cupcakes

Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes

Now don’t get scared! These aren’t going to set your mouth on fire. The sweetness of the chocolate perfectly balances the zing of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper to add flavor without heat. The result? Delicious!


1 pkg. Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Decadent Cake Mix
2 tsp ground cinnamon, separated
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tub Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Classic Chocolate Frosting

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Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare cake mix as directed. Cake batter will be in one bowl, and cake filling will be in a separate bowl. (Both are included in the cake mix box.)

2. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to the cake batter and mix well.

3. Spoon cake batter into prepared cupcake liners and pan. Fill cupcake tins no more than half full. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling on top of the batter in the tins. Cover filling with a tablespoon of batter. Tins should now be 2/3 full.

4. Bake cupcakes as directed and cool completely.

5. Prepare frosting by adding 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper to each can of frosting that you use. Mix completely and frost cupcakes.

Servings: 14

mexican chocolate cupcake

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. These look sooo yummy!

  2. I want to try these so bad. The heat and sweet sounds so good

  3. Well I know I am off in months but those look awesome, starting to look for special recipes for the holidays!

  4. Cayenne pepper in cupcakes? Alright, these I HAVE to try.

  5. MMM these look so yummy!

  6. Cayenne pepper in cupcakes? Not sure if I would like that or not.