Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 6 servings

Take your next chocolate cake to a whole new level with the addition of cinnamon, red pepper, and chipotle. Mexican chocolate is slightly spicy and goes perfectly with smooth chocolate pudding. This cake incorporates chocolate cake, pudding, and spice for a dynamic flavor and a sliced almond topping adds a crunch to the soft, warm cake.  Serve with ice cream. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in granulated sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Whisk in flour, next 4 ingredients, and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Step 2

Pour batter into a greased (with butter) 2-qt. baking dish. Stir together sliced almonds, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Sprinkle almond mixture over cake batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. (Center will be soft.) Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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Ratings & Reviews


January 01, 2016
Fantastic! Great balance of flavors.

altmegan's review

May 18, 2015
I just made this last night, and it turned out really well!  I baked it in an 8X8 2 qt glass baking dish for 28 minutes.  I think next time I may cook it for even less time so it's even more gooey.  The pepper was subtle and could easily be omitted for anyone not interested in that extra kick of flavor.  It was also fairly easy to make.  And I served it with vanilla ice cream.

fwgardengirl's Review

November 21, 2014
This is fantastic! It's a great served with/without ice cream. I used a 9 x 13 and the consistency is more 'cake' like than 'pudding' but didn't detract from the 'wow' of this dessert. The salted almonds on top are a nice touch.

ruthgp's Review

September 08, 2014

jarnolduf's Review

September 05, 2014
This was delicious! I cooked it for exactly 30 minutes and it was cooked through on the edges and gooey in the middle. It paired perfectly with vanilla ice cream. The one thing I would change is decrease the hot pepper and increase the cinnamon. The pepper was subtle, but it was still too much for my kids.

Rapunzel005's Review

September 02, 2014
This cake was delicious! One of the previous reviewers said that it was dry, but I didn't find that to be true. It was spicy, dark and tasty. I did weigh the flour, rather than measure it out. I warmed it up and served it with vanilla icecream. I can't wait to make this again.

Megmin's Review

August 31, 2014

FeeGreen's Review

August 30, 2014
Followed the recipe to the letter and the cake came out dry as a bone. The promised gooey middle was nonexistent. Too much flour? Or too much baking time on too high a temp? Unsure.

Bross024's Review

August 29, 2014