Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spicy Chocolate Ganache Cake

A few weeks ago while at a BBQ with family and friends, I was given a chili dark chocolate truffle which inspired me to experiment with recipes to come up with my version of those flavors, a chocolate dessert kicked up with the flavors of chili.  This recipe came about by simply flavoring my basic chocolate recipe with the flavors of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  With a mild sweetness, and hint of spice that hits the back of your throat at the end, this cake recipe hits a home run.

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
3 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup hot water

2 cups semisweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp agave or honey
1 tbsp confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixer using the whisk attachment; cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in one egg at a time until completely mixed.  Switching to a paddle attachment; stir in sour cream, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon.  When thoroughly mixed, add flour half cup at a time then turn paddle to 4 speed and beat in hot water.  Last, stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into a 9-inch buttered and floured spring form pan and bake for 1 hour, leaving the oven door closed.  Let cake rest 20 minutes before removing spring form pan side then allow to cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze; bring one cup of heavy cream to a simmer, remove from heat and add chocolate, vanilla, one teaspoon cayenne pepper and honey then allow to sit 10 minutes.  Using a whisk, blend the mixture until smooth then add the confectioners sugar.  Taste to glaze and adjust spice with cayenne pepper to taste.  Pour over cake then top with mini chocolate chips.  Allow the glaze to set by refrigerating the cake for 30 minutes before serving.


  1. Very intriguing! I love spiced chocolate, so why not a ganache? :)

  2. Very tempting. I've had chocolate candy with cayenne and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't burn your mouth hot, but just a hint of heat and very flavorful.

  3. I love chocolate cake,especially the ones that have dutch cocoa in them! The cake, no doubt, is delicious and that spicy kick from the frosting is an excellent touch. Well done-yum!

  4. This looks so delicious! I've never tried chocolate and cayenne pepper before, but it seems like they would really compliment each other! Great recipe :)

  5. I love chocolate and spice! the cake looks lovely and the ganache sounds perfect!

  6. This is definitely one of my favorite desserts, I love the flavors of chocolate and chili together. This cakes tastes similar to Mexican hot chocolate with a slight heat at the end. I hope you enjoy this recipe!