Cream Cheese Frosting with a bite! Warm but not too hot. Great for frosting Cinco 'de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes or any Cupcakes for that matter. Make it mild or as hot as you like.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, sift the ground ancho chile, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon with the confectioners' sugar. Beat in the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until the frosting is smooth; mix in the vanilla extract. Use to frost cupcakes or cakes.

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Cook's Note

If you dare, chop ONE small, red dried chile into frosting. Remove seeds first (Or Not!!!)

Nutrition Facts

144.9 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 7.1g 11% DV; cholesterol 20.4mg 7% DV; sodium 55.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2011
Fabulous!!! This frosting is out of this world! The cinnamon and the ancho chile pepper & cayenne really set eachother off. I doubled the vanilla (I do in every recipe) but didn't change anything else. For people worried about it being too spicy as written don't fret. I can't handle spice at all but had no problem with this frosting. Absolutely fantastic; a must try. Used this on the submitter's cupcake recipe Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting. Thanks!!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2011
Fabulous!!! This frosting is out of this world! The cinnamon and the ancho chile pepper & cayenne really set eachother off. I doubled the vanilla (I do in every recipe) but didn't change anything else. For people worried about it being too spicy as written don't fret. I can't handle spice at all but had no problem with this frosting. Absolutely fantastic; a must try. Used this on the submitter's cupcake recipe Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting. Thanks!!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2011
This is delicious! I kind of had to play around with it since I didn't have ancho chilis and I wanted a bit more spice but that's just my personal preference. The idea of this sounds a bit odd but is genius. It's very tasty. I used to to frost chocolate pumpkin cake form this site and I must use it on more baked goods now (or even by itself). Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2011
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! I need to confess that I was totally eating this right from the spoon and loved every bite of it lol. The flavor of this icing is fantastic and it really compliments the chili chocolate cupcakes perfectly though I do believe that this icing would be fantastic on a variety of cakes. I did end up having to add more powdered sugar than called for just to get it to the right piping consistancy. I will definately be using this recipe over and over YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2011
Made this frosting with bacon cupcakes. The family was a bit hesitant at first but they loved it! I did add just a bit more cayenne as my family likes more heat but it was great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I altered this a bit more by using more cream cheese. I would also use a bit more chile pepper and cayenne next time for a bit more zing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2011
I just loved this frosting and the person who I made the cake for just loves chili and was so happy to eat this. I added a little more spice to personal preference and used it on the black magic cake from this site. We were seriously eating this with teaspoons. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2011
This was fantastic! I used this frosting on my pumkin cake III from this site and it was delicious. The only thing I added was 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Perfect! Thanx Candice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2012
As the author of this recipe I was a little bit timid about the amount of chili powders. I was requested to up both the Ancho and Cayenne pepper powder and I think I like it a tad bit spicer. Who knew? I did NOT up the cinnamon. This cupcake is just good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2012
LOVE this frosting! The teachers who first tasted this with the chocolate cupcakes requested this frosting with pumpkin cupcakes. So of course I had to make that for them. It's perfect with Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes from this site. Or with any other kind of cupcake for that matter. When I know that this will mainly be eaten by those who like a zing to their sweets I'll add more cayenne! And maybe just a little ground ginger too. It's perfect! Thanks Candice for making me look like a superstar! Read More
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