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My awesome friend Julie and I were creating the menu for a Mexican-themed Sheva Bracha Fiesta when I realized that we were missing desserts. On our menu, we had written down: “Fruit and brownies.” Boring! I started thinking about Mexican-themed desserts that I could bake. Coconut lime cookies? Sounds awesome but baking cookies can feel life-sucking. And then I remembered something my sister Melinda of Kitchen Tested fame had introduced me to…cayenne chocolate cheesecake. At first it was sweet and then the spice set my mouth on fire. But the Fiesta was going to be a meat meal, and I prefer to make my cheesecake dairy, so I decided to try making a cayenne chocolate cupcake using semi-homemade ingredients. Adding cinnamon helps meld the two seemingly opposite flavors together, and a hard chocolate cinnamon ganache helps cool it down. We’ll see who’s brave enough to finish an entire cupcake without taking a drink!

Prepare 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix according to the box’s instructions.
Then add:
5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 to 5 teaspoons ground cayenne (depending on how brave you are)
1/4 packet butterscotch pudding powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake according to cake mix box’s instructions.
1 bag chocolate chips
4 tablespoons margarine
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Melt over a double-broiler (not in the microwave, please!).
You can bring half a pot of water to boil then lower slightly. Place pyrex bowl over the pot and allow ganache mixture to melt. Stir until smooth.
Then spoon the ganache over each cupcake to cover the tops completely. Place the cupcakes in the fridge, uncovered (you don’t want the chocolate to sweat) until the ganache hardens.
Then enjoy! And make sure to have something nearby to cool you off!
About the author: Jessica Hoffman is a Writer, Editor, Mother and T-Ball Enthusiast. For more information, check out