Cajun Chocolate Cupcakes

Sugar, spice, and a nice residual heat. I seasoned up a rich, chocolate cupcake recipe with cajun heat in the form of cayenne and chili pepper. This dessert is guaranteed to turn the heat up on your sweet tooth.

Cajun Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 1 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • dash of chili powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbs butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup low-fat milk


  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, spices, and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat together sugar and butter, until light and airy (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • Add in eggs, one and a time, and vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and mix well.
  • Alternate scoops of the dry mixture with drizzles of milk,  running the mixer on low and scraping sides as necessary, until batter is smooth.
  • Beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup of batter until each cupcake tin, yields ~20 cupcakes.
  • Bake at 325F for 12-15 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat chocolate 1 cup chocolate chips and 2 tbs milk over a double boiler.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Transfer into a pastry bag fitted with a piping tip.
  • Allow ganache to cool in fridge for 30-45 minutes, until firm but not solid.
  • Decorate cupcakes with fancy swirls of chocolate.
  • Garnish with a dusting of cayenne pepper, optional.

Pretty, aren’t they? Spicy, too. I downgraded the cayenne factor in the recipe I’ve shared with you. If you are tentative on adding heat, consider only 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. I used twice that and now, we are out of milk.

A big honkin’ glass of cold milk is an obvious accompaniment to these cupcakes. I also think the spicy peppers would complement a cup of coffee, maybe an iced one this time of year! Rumor has it that eating spicy foods can help you stay cool on hot days. I’ll let you be the judge of that.

What’s the spiciest thing you’ve ever tasted?


  1. I love the mix of spicy and sweet.

    The spiciest thing I’ve ever had? Hmmm… I’ve had some pretty spicy thai food in my day… that or I like to go crazy with the jalapenos when I use them…

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  2. I made a Gluten Free version similar to this last weekend. The combo is fantastic.

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  3. Ive been wanting to bake a spicy chocolatey good for a while but keep whimping out incase I mess it up and end up blowing someones head off! But your cupcakes look so divine Im just going to have to give it a go some time :) and i have everything on hand looking at the ingredients…hurrah!

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    • Chocolate cupcakes are the best because I almost always have everything on hand to make them at the drop of a hat. I definitely overdid the heat in our recipe, but no one’s head blew. I really didn’t mind the lingering heat because it was so interesting when paired with a very rich dessert. Hope you enjoy!

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  4. Wow! These are some nice looking cupcakes! I just love that they’re all chocolate and no combos with vanilla or other flavors!

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  5. Had tasted a lot of spicy foods but not on chocolate cupcakes. I think the sweetness of the chocolate will cancel out the spice of the cayenne powder. Nevertheless, I will try this out and see for myself. Thanks.

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  6. I am happy I found this recipe. I am going to try it this weekend. Thank you.

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  7. Mine turned out to be really black like dark choco, and took way more than 15 mins to cook as the batter was really wet.. And it didn’t look as pretty, had this really bubbly wrinkly shiny surface

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