This one-layer dark chocolate cake is spiced up with cinnamon and Mexican chili powder or cayenne pepper, covered in a chocolate glaze, and topped with fresh strawberries.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ground Mexican chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
6 tablespoons water
10 small fresh strawberries
How to Make It
Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat an 8-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.
Combine all the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Pour into the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. When the cake has cooled, whisk together the first three glaze ingredients. Dip each strawberry into the glaze and set aside. Pour the remaining glaze over the cake and arrange the strawberries on top. Set aside to dry, about 30 minutes.
LOVE THAT IT'S VEGAN!! This cake is Fabulous, just like the yummy chocolate slices that I get when in Puerto Adventuras, Mexico...I used half vanilla / half almond extract, skipped the glaze & hit it with some powered sugar...
This cake looks very impressive when it's done however I don't agree that it is SO moist. I made this for a birthday and to add to the decadence I doubled the recipe and made a 2 layer cake with some chocolate ganache in the middle. I also substituted a very dark bold coffee for the cayenne and everyone loved the flavor. However I want to try adding some sour cream to make it just a bit more moist. Otherwise it is very tasty!
I loved this cake as did those who shared it with me. I had never tasted spicy chocolate cake before and what a pleasant surprise. This is a keeper! When a reviewer is surprised that a recipe doesn't come out exactly as they think it should, it is because they have usually altered the recipe in some way(s). Baking is precise and recipes must be followed exactly. Don't write a review unless you've made the recipe exactly as written, it is not fair and not accurate.
I made this according to recipe, and would give it 5 stars except it needs to be a bit more moist. It was a bit on the crumbly side. The flavor is fabulous - the red pepper doesn't come across as heat, just adds flavor. The simple glaze makes this one layer cake look a lot more fancy than it is. I will make it again, but may try adding a bit of sour cream or something to make it a bit more moist.
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