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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Um, folks, we have another winner. This one was so good it has bumped another cupcake out of the running altogether. Bye bye regular old chocolate, hello hot chocolate! In Taylor’s words, this is a much more sophisticated chocolate. In Robin’s words, mmmmm. The texture was fascinating. So moist, and yet fluffy and slightly grainy (in a good way). Something about the combination of ingredients that go into the batter, it comes out of the oven full of flavors you can’t quite identify. Deep, rich flavors. While we didn’t add enough cayenne to make it spicy, the pinch we did add brings a depth to the cake like adding salt might, but much more pronounced. It’s like the cayenne becomes a super salt – that brings out the fine details of all the other ingredients within the cake.

In other words, it’s darn good.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Buttercream

We topped these off with a simple cream cheese buttercream, flavored with almond and a touch of vanilla. I jokingly suggested we add some color to the snow white frosting, and immediately both Taylor and Robin shouted “Purple!”. Right, ok, purple it is. And how purple they are. Topped with some pearlescent jimmies, they make for a very glamorous cupcake.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes. Recipe adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons corn flour or very fine cornmeal
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

For Frosting:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
3-3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk or soymilk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350?F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Whisk together coconut milk and flaxseed and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then whisk in sugar, oil, vanilla, and almond extract.

In another bowl, sift together flour, corn flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Gently mix in wet ingredients.

Fill cupcake liners with 1/4 cup of batter (approximately 2/3 full). Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

For frosting, cream the butter. Slowly add most of the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add soymilk, extracts, and coloring (if desired), and mix until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar, adding more if necessary to achieve proper consistency. Mix at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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  1. 1
    Posted On November 29, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I love Mexican hot chocolate.
    You’re assured that whatever it touches turns to gold.

    Beautiful icing too.

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  2. 2
    Posted On November 29, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Awesome combination! I love the experimental cupcake recipes you’ve been posting. I have lost my motivation to bake cupcakes. I thought they were kind of dull. But you have changed my opinion. Hopefully I get to make these bad boys soon :)

    Reply

  3. 3
    Robin
    Posted On November 29, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    the purple frosting was probably our best idea all week. i kinda wish i had eaten one more before i left… it would hit the spot right now. miss you guys already!!!

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  4. 4
    Posted On December 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Yum, I’d love to give those a try. I am not a fan of chocolate cupcakes or cake but these just might win me over to the dark side! ha-ha!
    ~ingrid

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  5. 5
    Posted On December 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Cupcakes are my favorite, especially chocolate! This looks adventurous and fun!

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  6. 6
    Posted On December 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Everything about those cupcakes is beautiful! Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. 7
    Posted On December 2, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Does your greatness ever cease!!! I love the icing color. I tried making some homemade hot chocolate over the holidays and I bombed it big time. Would love to hear if you have one that is a winner :)

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  8. 8
    Posted On December 3, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Mexican recipes are always my favorite. I keep trying these recipe, but never tried out cupcakes.

    I liked this recipe very much.

    Thanks.
    Julia

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  9. 9
    Shannon
    Posted On December 3, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Looks great!! Your photos are beautiful. A lady who was in the Norfolk Craft Mafia has an online store with lots of items perfect for cupcake decorating- http://www.bakeitpretty.com/ just wanted to pass it on.

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  10. 10
    Posted On December 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I love that bright purple color! Beautiful cupcakes with a great flavor idea.

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  11. 11
    Posted On December 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Rockaroo -

    We did make a ‘grown-up’ hot chocolate last year, that was basically a drinkable chocolate bar:
    http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2008/01/grown-up-hot-chocolate-with-amaretto.html
    Very rich. I’ve found the best cocoa is just a simple mix of milk (or soymilk), cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla. I made a soy version recently, since I can’t have pretty much all of the hot chocolate mixes, and it was quite good. Maybe I’ll make it again and write down the recipe. :)

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  12. 12
    Posted On December 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    that is some of the prettiest frosting i have ever seen! beautiful cupcakes-and they sound delicious :)

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  13. 13
    Posted On December 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Stunning cupcakes! Two days ago I sipped my first Mexican Hot Chocolate—man, I’ve been missing out…Very psyched about this recipe.

    Reply

  14. 14
    Drake
    Posted On January 15, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I love the first picture. So beautiful with that lilac icing.

    Reply

  15. 15
    Paula
    Posted On March 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I think I love you… :)

    Reply

  16. 16
    Amanda
    Posted On April 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I love love love this recipe! I was so excited the first time I found this because my dad and his girlfriend both love chocolate with chili powder, so I knew I had to make these for them. Now my dad asks me to make these every time I visit!

    Reply

  17. 17
    Paula
    Posted On April 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I made these and the strawberry lemonade cupcakes for my neice’s 5th birthday today, they were amazing and the recipe worked out perfectly but I couldn’t get either icing to be so thick and fluffy and to pipe like these, so in the end I just spread it, what kind of mixer are you using?

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  18. 18
    Posted On June 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! You did a great job presenting the pictures too, I will definitely have to try this recipe when I have some time this weekend :)

    Reply

  19. 19
    Posted On August 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    This recipe is amazing! Instead of mixing the blackberry puree into the frosting, I filled the cupcakes with homemade blackberry jam. Who woulda thought almond, vanilla, and blackberry would be such a winning combination!

    Reply

  20. 20
    Posted On December 22, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I love Mexican Hot Chocolate! This sounds so interesting and creative!

    Reply

  21. 21
    ChelseaAnn
    Posted On January 5, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    these are beautiful cupcakes! they sound so delicious im going to make some for myself tomorrow!! gotta runto the store first :P that frosting is gorgeous I have never thought of making that color in all my cupcake baking years!! and I love the pearl sprinkles. thank you for the recipe

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  22. 22
    Posted On January 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I really want to try this recipe.
    It does not say how much creamcheese to put in the icing!?

    Reply

  23. 23
    Posted On February 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Found you stumbling…GORGEOUS cupcakes!!

    Reply

  24. 24
    Jessica
    Posted On March 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    After months of having this page bookmarked, I finally got around to trying them last night! I used a gluten-free flour instead, and it worked remarkably well. Next time I’ll add a bit of xanthan gum to help them stick together a bit better. But they were absolutely delicious! So gooey and chocolatey and just divine!!!!

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  25. 25
    Posted On May 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I’m not going to lie.. some of these ingredients look a little scary! The cayenne pepper.. YIKES! I’m almost scared of what these will turn out like, (with my luck anyway). I love your pictures and hopefully will get the balls to try these!
    -Sylvia

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  26. 26
    Jay
    Posted On July 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Hi sorry, I was wondering how much cream cheese to put in the frosting, it doesn’t seem to say in the recipe. Thanks.

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    • Posted On July 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Apologies Jay, there is no cream cheese in this frosting. I’ve updated the instructions. Should be accurate now!

  27. 27
    Emily
    Posted On July 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Hi, thanks for the amaaaazing website and recipes! I made the espresso cupcakes and they were a big hit, but I discovered that one of my friends can’t have coffee in any form, so I made a ton of these Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes for her. They were fabulous, and vanished very, very quickly :)

    My question is: What’s best to substitute for almond meal? I can’t make me own, because I have neither a blender nor a mortar and pestle, nor can I find almond butter anywhere even remotely close to where I live (which is in the Northern suburbs of Beijing).

    Thank you so much!

    -E

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    • Posted On July 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      If you can’t find almond meal or can’t make finely ground almonds, any sort of ground nut or nut flour would work. If not, just substitute it with more flour and maybe a bit of extra almond extract to make up for the flavor, cupcakes will still be delicious!

  28. 28
    Emily
    Posted On July 14, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Thank you so much! I’ll definitely make them again before I leave Beijing.

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  29. 29
    Susanne
    Posted On July 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Great recipe! We love these…such a wonderfly complex flavor.

    Mine were crumbly, and I’m wondering how to avoid this. I’m baking at altitude (7000 feet), but doubt that was the problem. Do you have any ideas? The flavor was outstanding.

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  30. 30
    Nancy
    Posted On March 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I can’t do the flaxseed…could I simply add the same amount of flour? Thanks, I can’t wait to try these cupcakes!

    Reply

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