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Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes

I think that chilli and chocolate are a match made in heaven. The two compliment each other so well and I just love the combination. These are rather spicy, so not the ideal tread for little mouths, although Nicholas ate all the sugar paste I did not use for the decorations. And the, I had a cupcake last night, smothered it in double cream……..and forgot all about the doom and gloom in the world….for a whole 5 minutes….I was alone…with a chilli chocolate cupcake…swimming in double cream 😉

Makes: 12


200g Dark Chocolate, chopped

100g unsalted Butter

250g plain Flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

3 teaspoons Baking Powder

3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

½ teaspoon mild Chilli Powder

Pinch of Salt

200ml Milk (full cream works best)

100ml Sour Cream

1 medium Egg

100g Castor Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line your muffin tin with paper cases.
  3. Melt the butter and about half of the chopped chocolate in a double boiler.
  4. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, chilli powder and salt.
  5. In a different bowl, beat together the milk, sour cream, egg and castor sugar.
  6. Add the remaining chopped chocolate to the milk mixture.
  7. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and combine well.
  8. Spoon your dough into the paper cases.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

10. Let cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

Tips: These cupcakes are quite hot, so if you do want something a little milder, just add less cayenne and chilli powder.

I decorated the cupcakes with coloured castor sugar and a little chilli I made from sugar paste.


(Adapted from: Cupcake Heaven Magazine)


About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

4 responses »

  1. YOU are just going to town w/baking, and look at these weeetle chilis on the cupcakes! Like I said YOU are ready for Cupcake Wars!! xoxo Ally

  2. Dit klink en lyk baie goed!


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