My wife & I are doing a collaboration post today! She is the brilliant & lovely, A Journey to a Dream blog. Check it out if you would like to see her post on this recipe.
So, we decided to bake a delicious chocolate cake based on the recipe we used for our wedding cake earlier this year (she & her wee cousin William baked that one). The difference this time is, that we would be adding a Scotch Bonnet Chilli!
I always wanted to make Chilli chocolate and I thought since we have a fantastic cake recipe, why not merge the two. I have a lot of SB’s just ready to pick as late maturers so lately we have been looking for ways to use them. Apart from freezing & drying it is a great opportunity to experiment a bit in the kitchen by making some red hot homemade dishes.
These particular Scotch Bonnets are scorching so I would recommend using small amounts of them or use them in larger dishes like spicy hot pots, soups and meals like jambalaya & bolognese.
Right down to business!
1 half cup of Vegetable Oil
1 half cup of Cocoa
1 cup of Water
2 cups of Flour
2 cups of Sugar
1 rounded teaspoon of Bicarb
1 half cup of Buttermilk
1 rounded teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
1 Scotch Bonnet Chilli!
Preheat the oven to 180 degress C and grease two cake tins.
Boil the oil, water, butter, cocoa & water together.
Measure the flour, sugar & bicarb into a bowl.
Add the boiled ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Measure the buttermilk in a jug, add the eggs and vanilla essence. mix together and add the other ingredients.
Add the chopped up chilli to the mix
Pour into the tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes.
Allow to cool in the tin
We had the kitchen smelling amazing and three fantastically spicy cakes, now cooled, but they weren’t complete without the icing which I think adds that extra chocolaty goodness. After heating the chocolate until it was runny, wifey spread it over the top of our cakes. She is very handy at the finishing touches and the final presentation – for her it’s serious business :) I really love baking and cooking with her as the whole time we are chatting away about our plans, cracking jokes and generally having fun.
Well with it all done I decided that it was time to dice a bit of fresh Chilli and sprinkle it over the mini cake as you can see in the first picture. As my wife is a bit of a Chilli wimp, I think that was one step to far for her to have a bite of that one. If you are like her and only enjoy a milder heat, there are so many types to chose from to suit which is best for you.
There we have it, no longer just a dream – Chilli chocolate cake.
I’d love to hear about spicy choc cakes or deserts you have baked or tried. Chilli Ninja
Please Note: I am not a food preparation expert and that, with all my recipes I try out at home, it is a mixture of internet/cookbook research and experimentation so please use the necessary precautions when preparing & baking your own Chilli Cake or any of the other recipes on my blog. (Sorry to be so serious) Thanks.