Mexican Chocolate Cakes

Mexican Chocolate CakesRecipe
Photo: Shelly Strazis; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith
Extremely chocolaty with a chile kick, these Mexican Chocolate Cakes pair well with fabulous Cinnamon Ice Cream.


Makes 2 cakes, each serving 9
Total time: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 326
Caloriesfromfat 40 %
Protein 4.5 g
Fat 15 g
Satfat 2.9 g
Carbohydrate 47 g
Fiber 2.3 g
Sodium 232 mg
Cholesterol 27 mg


1 cup plus 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter two 8-in. round cake pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper cut to fit. Butter paper, then dust pans with 1/2 tbsp. cocoa.

2. Whisk remaining 1 cup cocoa, the flour, sugars, cinnamon, soda, cayenne, and salt in a bowl to blend. Add milk, oils, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Pour into pans, dividing batter evenly.

3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in each cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

4. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes. Loosen cakes from pans with a metal spatula. Turn out each cake onto a plate. Discard waxed paper. Invert cakes onto racks and cool completely. Sift powdered sugar over stencils onto cakes.

Make ahead: Up to 1 day, covered; top with powdered sugar after unwrapping.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.