Chili Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe -
Chili Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

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"Cream Cheese Frosting with a bite! Warm but not too hot. Great for frosting Cinco 'de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes or any Cupcakes for that matter. Make it mild or as hot as you like."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. In a bowl, sift the ground ancho chile, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon with the confectioners' sugar. Beat in the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until the frosting is smooth; mix in the vanilla extract. Use to frost cupcakes or cakes.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If you dare, chop ONE small, red dried chile into frosting. Remove seeds first (Or Not!!!)

Reviews More Reviews

Jun 27, 2011

Fabulous!!! This frosting is out of this world! The cinnamon and the ancho chile pepper & cayenne really set eachother off. I doubled the vanilla (I do in every recipe), but didn't change anything else. For people worried about it being too spicy as written, don't fret. I can't handle spice at all, but had no problem with this frosting. Absolutely fantastic; a must try. Used this on the submitter's cupcake recipe, Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting. Thanks!!! :)

Jul 10, 2011

This is delicious! I kind of had to play around with it since I didn't have ancho chilis and I wanted a bit more spice, but that's just my personal preference. The idea of this sounds a bit odd, but is genius. It's very tasty. I used to to frost chocolate pumpkin cake form this site, and I must use it on more baked goods now (or even by itself). Yum!


14 Ratings

Jul 13, 2011

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! I need to confess that I was totally eating this right from the spoon and loved every bite of it, lol. The flavor of this icing is fantastic and it really compliments the chili chocolate cupcakes perfectly, though I do believe that this icing would be fantastic on a variety of cakes. I did end up having to add more powdered sugar than called for just to get it to the right piping consistancy. I will definately be using this recipe over and over~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Aug 04, 2011

Made this frosting with bacon cupcakes. The family was a bit hesitant at first, but they loved it! I did add just a bit more cayenne as my family likes more heat, but it was great!

Oct 31, 2011

I altered this a bit more by using more cream cheese. I would also use a bit more chile pepper and cayenne next time for a bit more zing.

Aug 01, 2011

I just loved this frosting and the person who I made the cake for just loves chili and was so happy to eat this. I added a little more spice to personal preference and used it on the black magic cake from this site. We were seriously eating this with teaspoons.

Nov 09, 2011

This was fantastic! I used this frosting on my pumkin cake III from this site and it was delicious. The only thing I added was 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Perfect! Thanx Candice.

Oct 28, 2012

LOVE this frosting! The teachers who first tasted this with the chocolate cupcakes requested this frosting with pumpkin cupcakes. So of course I had to make that for them. It's perfect with Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes from this site. Or with any other kind of cupcake for that matter. When I know that this will mainly be eaten by those who like a zing to their sweets, I'll add more cayenne! And maybe just a little ground ginger, too. It's perfect! Thanks, Candice, for making me look like a superstar!


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  • Calories
  • 145 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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