This recipe had so many good reviews, but I'm very disappointed. It is a good basic chocolate cupcake with cream cheese icing, but that's the extent of it. It is not an adult cupcake by any stretch of the imagination, and it should NOT be hailed as a Cinco de Chili cupcake. In addition to doubling the hot spices in the cake recipe, I tripled the cayenne (and at least x5'd the ancho pepper and added a few dried chopped red chile peppers), but even my spice-wimp boyfriend couldn't tell that it was supposed to be a chocolate chile cupcake. I ended up sifting Penzy's Hot Chile Powder on top of the iced cupcakes; that helped a little and I was worried that I overdid it, but nope. I should have sifted on a lot more, because the chile flavor was still pretty subtle. Also, the picture showing the cupcake icing is not at all representative of the real color of the icing. The picture looks like it would be cream-colored with a few pink flakes; mine was light brown before I added all the extra spices, and looked like peanut butter by the end.
Note: the recipe says to beat the batter for 2 minutes, but that's way too long and makes a tougher cake. Just beat it enough to combine it, which was about 30 seconds for me.
If you just want a good chocolate cupcake that everyone will enjoy but which won't win you any awards, this is a good one. But if you're looking for a real chocolate chile cupcake recipe, keep looking.
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This recipe had so many good reviews, but I'm very disappointed. It is a good basic chocolate...