We make this all the time, company can never guess what is in it!

Dawn

Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Set aside.

  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup butter, water and 3 tablespoons cocoa to a boil. Remove from heat. Add to flour mixture and beat until smooth.

  • In a separate bowl, Mix sour cream, eggs, baking soda and cayenne pepper. Add to the cake batter. Blend well. Pour batter into 9x13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • For the Frosting: Melt 1/4 cup butter, add 1/3 cup cocoa. Add confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth and free of lumps.

  • Spread frosting on the cooled cake. Cut into squares and serve. Ask your company if they can guess what is in it, they never will.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 36g; fat 11.4g; cholesterol 43.2mg; sodium 179.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2006
Very good cake like brownies. The only thing I would change is instead of adding water, I would add cold coffee and instead of 1 tsp of cayenne pepper I would decrease it to just 1/2 tsp. The coffee flavor adds just enough mocha that turns this into a terrific authentic mexican chocolate flavor Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2010
I don't know what to think about this cake. The texture seems undercooked yet my toothpicks came out clean in two different areas of the cake. It's beyond moist and I don't know if I like that. However it didn't stop me from getting up in the middle of the night to sneak a bite;) I like the cayenne pepper addition a lot the aftertaste had a little mysterious heat to it. It's almost as if you don't know where it came from. I like that and will take it with me to the next chocolate cake recipe. UPDATE 24 hours later Much much better the next day and even better than that once chilled in the fridge. The consistency of the cake was more tolerable after some time had passed. Read More
(15)
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2006
Very good cake like brownies. The only thing I would change is instead of adding water, I would add cold coffee and instead of 1 tsp of cayenne pepper I would decrease it to just 1/2 tsp. The coffee flavor adds just enough mocha that turns this into a terrific authentic mexican chocolate flavor Read More
(87)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2009
I was hosting Thanksgiving this year and found out pretty last-minute that there was a pumpkin shortage and was really disappointed... until I found this awesome recipe! I was thinking to myself "Self how great could a cake really be?" and preceded to make and put this thin none-too-special-looking cake in the over... and not expecting too much I took a bite and melted. This cake is amazing and everyone LOVED it. (I even had to hide it when my fiance's band members came over because darn it I want awesome chocolate cake for breakfast tomorrow!) Read More
(51)
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2008
Very moist very tasty chocolate cake that has a warmth but there is no way it has any hint of pepper taste. This is a really fantastic cake. The frosting though was runny and I had too add another cup or more of powdered sugar and another Tbl of cocoa and a couple more T of margarine to get it to spreading consistency. Thanks this was a great cake! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
I made this cake for my husband's birthday and it turned out amazing. It was extremely moist. I even let it cook about 35-40 minutes checking it every 5 minutes over 30. Also I added a cup of coffee instead of the water and used a different icing recipe. I used the half tsp of cayenne and it is not noticeable at all except in the most complimentary way. In some gourmet stores you can buy a chili cocoa powder from South America. I plan on using this next time in place of the cocoa and omitting the cayenne. This will definitely become one of my staple cakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
Awesome cake. I used Ancho chili powder and instead of the icing listed made cream cheese icing and topped with pieces of a lindt chili dark chocolate bar (one square of chocolate per piece of cake). My cream cheese icing was made with i container of room temp cream cheese mixed with 2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 cup icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add a little milk if this is too thick for you. Stored in the fridge and stayed fresh for a week- everyone said it was the most delicious chocolate cake they ever had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2010
My 2 year old wanted to make cake last night. I "helped" her make this one it is an instant family favourite. The consistency is awesome and the little bite from cayenne (we used 1 tsp) is great. Going to make it for the block party this weekend. So easy a 2 year old can do it! (sorta) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2008
What an amazing chocolatey flavor! Everybody loved this cake and nobody guessed the secret ingredient (one of the guests thought it had Pepsi in it!) I used the recipe without making any changes. It was easier than I thought from my first read-through and I'll definitely be making it again. I didn't make the frosting but I'll try it next time. Great cake! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2010
I don't know what to think about this cake. The texture seems undercooked yet my toothpicks came out clean in two different areas of the cake. It's beyond moist and I don't know if I like that. However it didn't stop me from getting up in the middle of the night to sneak a bite;) I like the cayenne pepper addition a lot the aftertaste had a little mysterious heat to it. It's almost as if you don't know where it came from. I like that and will take it with me to the next chocolate cake recipe. UPDATE 24 hours later Much much better the next day and even better than that once chilled in the fridge. The consistency of the cake was more tolerable after some time had passed. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2007
I made this with Vindiloo spice (a popular Indian spice) in place of cayanne. I used quite a bit (maybe 1 1/2 tsp) its very spicy but nice. I plan on using chocolate ganache to top. Read More
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