Iron Cupcake #1: [Chili Pepper]

August 28, 2008 at 8:00 PM | Posted in cupcakes, Iron Cupcake | 18 Comments
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What a great first impression huh?

First time entering Iron Cupcake and I am barely gonna make it. Its like being invited to a party by a friend of a friend, not knowing the host and being late! I am embarrassed to say that that has happened to me more than once. I am just not a deadline person. Deadlines do me no good except to tell me the last possible day that I can enter without repercussions or penalties *AND* still win. Since winning is everything I am all good right? LOL.

Iron Cupcake is a new cupcake challenge started by a fellow cupcake addict. It’s basically the same concept as Cupcake Hero. Host chooses ingredient and you create a cupcake recipe out of it. One difference is that CH is more about taste whereas Iron Cupcake is more about presentation IMO. After the deadline anyone in the blogosphere can vote for IC via a poll on Sandy’s blog based on one picture that we submit to IC’s flickr group. Go check out the amazing entries so far! I have some stiff competition, huh?

It was hard picking just one photo b/c you all know how photo crazy I am. I have to admit my amateur photography confidence has been shaken with my recent batch of Tastespotting rejections but practice makes perfect right? Now if only my kitchen would cooperate with some decent natural lighting…

Ok I’ll stop whining now. Wiggle your little voting fingers over to Sandy’s blog August 31st!

Subliminal message: {{{VOTE FOR ME!}}} (I’ll be your best friend…)

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Without further ado…

“Hot” Chocolate Cupcakes

(Recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop & | photos from me!)

Makes 24 cupcakes


For chocolate-chili cupcakes
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (I used Ghiradelli baking chips)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 cup water
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground pequin chilies
2 sticks butter
1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

For marshmallow whipped cream
1 jar marshmallow cream
1/4 cup butter
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla

chocolate jimmies, garnish


To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F.

Boil water in a kettle then measure out 1-1/4 cup.

Combine chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium sized bowl, add boiling water, whisk until smooth, set aside.

Sift flours, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Add the ground chilies, set aside.

In a standing mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

At medium speed, add eggs one at a time, beat well between each. Add sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined. Add about a third of the flour mixture, beat briefly until combined. Add about half of the chocolate mixture, beat briefly until combined.

Repeat, adding flour, chocolate, then flour. Beat until just combined. Scrape down bowl if needed.

Fill cupcake papers about 3/4s full. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean

To make cream—
Whip the cream and add vanilla. Pour into a separate bowl. Wipe KA bowl clean and blend the butter and marshmallow cream in your KA with a flat beater. Then fold whipped cream into the marshmallow-butter mixture.


Husband rating: A
He was a little apprehensive about the chili b/c he’s not a spicy food person but he tasted the cupcake and exclaimed “Wow, this really tastes like a hot chocolate with a little kick!” I started laughing b/c he got whipped cream on his nose. Kinda like a real hot chocolate.

Wifey rating: A/A+
I love hot chocolate. It reminds me of the holidays and this cupcake makes me anticipate Christmas in August. The marshmallow whipped cream is so goooood! Definitely will make these with some peppermint variation for our next xmas party.



  1. These look really yummy! The marshmallow whip cream sounds fabulous. I love the presentation. I haven’t looked at any other entries, but I’d say you have a good shot at winning.

  2. Yum.

    PS If tastespotting doesn’t take that last pick they’re crazy.. I wub it

  3. ooh yum! that sounds delicious, and your pics are great!! :) such a cute idea to put it in the mug :)
    (ps. i just got the beater blade… testing it out tomorrow:) )

  4. KAMAILE, you’re so sweet! Thank you. Does that mean I have your vote? ;)

    BOTB, Appreciate the TS vote of confidence. Their recent rejections are making me sad…

    KIM, oohhh let me know what you think of the beater blade, k? I think you’ll love it!

  5. This is so great, do you mind if I list it on my blog as one of my top 5 picks from the contest?


  6. That is an awesome photo. The cupcake doesn’t look bad either. ;-)
    Have you tried foodgawker?

  7. VANESSA, Hmmm I’d rather you didn’t. I kid! Of course I don’t mind! You’re so sweet. Love your entry too!

    SUSAN, TY! I use to submit to both FG and TS but FG rejected my photos more so I decided to focus on TS instead.

  8. Those look great and so cute! So you are trying to win cupcake hero and iron cupcake?!! Man, how can I keep up with that? It zapped all my creativity this month just to do one of them! I am really interested in trying these

  9. MARYANN, I’m trying! but I haven’t won a darn thing yet! Can you believe it?? It’s totally rigged. haha.

  10. Soooo… I totally voted for you!

  11. HTEAC, aaawwww really?!! TY! You’re my new best friend. ;)

  12. Holy cow there are a lot of people entered, it took me forever to look through them all and after all of that you got my vote! Great job, I love your photo!

  13. we should have totally tied for first place… obviously people who voted don’t know what they are talking about ;)

  14. ANDREA, aaawww you’re so sweet! Appreciate your vote. *muah*

    STEPH, omg totally. IC is more about popularity and presentation. There was no way I could compete with Ms. Martha Stewart Cupcake! ;) But I am happy with my cupcake so thats all that matters right?

  15. I am from Australia and am a fellow Cupcake LOVER! I love your blog and this recipe!

    I come to read every day. Can’t miss it!

    Please keep it up.


  16. LISA, Wow. Australia! That’s awesome. I definitely wanna visit someday. Thanks for your blog compliments! :)

  17. I love your blog. I joined IC too for the first time last month, and lost of course. I just started blogging so I didn’t expect to win. Thank you for sharing Cupcake Hero. I had no idea! Your photo’s look great. They don’t look amateur to me. If you want really amateur, I have terrible photos. I just started this whole blog thing and I can’t figure out how people get such nice photos! It makes me wonder if they have a whole little studio in their kitchen somewhere! Love the recipes, love the cuppycakes!

  18. ALICE, Thanks for compliments! I lost too so we’re both in good company huh? ;) I wouldn’t worry about it much. I just love entering events b/c it gives me a starting point for foodie creativity. I’ve been participating in CH for the past few months and its very enjoyable too. Hope to see a future CH entry from you! Trust me. I totally understand what you mean. I have food pornography envy all the time. I just don’t have the equipment, space, experience to compare to some photographers out there but I am learning slowly. Practice makes perfect right?

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