Spicy Sark Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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How are you all doing? I am in shock. And not just from the ridiculous amount of jello shots, chili and skittles I ate. Gross, huh? Basically I am so, so proud of our Seahawks and by the end of the game, which I watched with good friends that I would label “superfans” we were just gaping at the TV. I won’t drone on and on, but our cute city is over the moon and there is the most beautiful feeling of comraderie, love and complete jubilation in the air.

Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

So what better opportunity to share this celebration cake? It is meant for Valentines Day, but I suppose it could be a cake for anyone you love, or like for an entire football team ☺

Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

I know you may be wrinkling your brow a little bit over the chocolate-chili combination, but trust me when I tell you that the dark rich chocolaty flavor just barely laced with the chili is a wonderful combination. There is the slightest burn at the end of each moist and creamy mouthful- but it is an addictive burn, and trust me it won’t be hard to polish off each tall slice.

Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

I thought that for those of you who are staying in on Valentines Day that this might be a special and indulgent treat for your loved ones, but the truth is, just swap out those kissy sprinkles and you have an any occasion celebration cake.

Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

(Coco helping frost the cake!)
Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Fudge Frosting

Recipe: Spicy Chocolate Cake with Jalapeno Chocolate Fudge Frosting


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups AP Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Jalapeno Fudge Frosting
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 large jalapeno, rough chopped (with seeds and veins)
  • 20 ounces dark chocolate (62% cocoa) chopped into small pieces


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the boiling water with the cocoa powder and the red cayenne pepper. Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 3 8” cake pans with baking spray and parchment paper rounds on the bottom.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time until they are well mixed in.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the batter. Then add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix well until it is smooth.
  6. Divide the batter between the three pans evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  7. While the cakes are baking, make the frosting.
  8. In a medium saucepan, heat the heavy cream and the jalapeno over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add the chocolate to the pot and remove it from the heat and set aside.
  9. After 5 minutes, whisk the cream and chocolate until it is very smooth. Use an immersion blender on the mixture to completely puree the jalapeno chunks into the frosting.
  10. Set it aside to cool and thicken- this will take about 1 hour. (You can speed this process up by sticking it in the fridge)
  11. When the cake is completely cooled, place one of the cake layers on a cake plate and use ¼ of the frosting and spread it as a filling over the first layer. Repeat with a second layer and another ¼ of the frosting.
  12. Add the last layer and then use the remaining frosting to frost the whole outside of the cake.
  13. Use sprinkles to decorate if desired. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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  1. SUCH a stunning cake, Heather! WOW! I am so impressed! The colors are spectacular! Pinned

    Love that there’s a kick to it. Super creative!

  2. Nancy Vraniak says:

    Yay Seahawks! What a crazy and fun game. Congrats, all you fans in Seattle.

    This cake looks fantastic, Heather.

    Get some rest….

  3. Congrats on the superbowl win! What a beautiful cake!

    • Thanks Laura! (for the congrats and the cake!)

  4. Vicki B says:

    I thought of you yesterday during the game because how exciting that must have been for y’all!!! There will probably be a big parade or something when the team returns, right? More reason to party!
    This is one gorgeous cake. I thought chili and chocolate was a funny combination until I bought a Lindt chili chocolate bar when they came out and it was so amazing but oddly never thought about the combination in baking. Coco’s hair cut is too cute for words! She reminds me of a little French doll.

    • SO good Vicki- yeah the city is completely bonkers- even still this morning! Parade on Wednesday, we are so excited!

      The chocolate chili thing is superb! Coco’s bob is pretty much my favorite thing :)

  5. Aww I’m so happy for you and your city! This cake is just amazing and I love the spicy factor to it with the jalapeno frosting!! Yum!!!

  6. marla says:

    Such unique & fun flavor pairing in this cake!

  7. That cake looks great and I love the sound of the frosting!

  8. naomi says:

    I love this creative cake-the heat in the frosting is awesome and one I have to try!

  9. Gaby says:

    GORGEOUS!!!! omg

  10. Maria says:

    Love the cake and we are so happy the Seahawks won! Great game!

  11. Jenny Flake says:

    Heather!! These pictures are killing me! You daughter is just too cute to boot! xo

  12. Pam says:

    Yum!!! I just recently entered the food ring of eating spicy foods. I LOVE jalapeno poppers but I still scrape the veins and seeds out. I understand there is a huge depth of chocolate flavor using dark chocolate (LOVE IT), but you’re scaring me here including the seeds and veins of the jalapeno. lol….I love the subtle hint of spice in Mexican chocolate things, but REALLY…the seeds and veins? Eyes bulging. Oh how I want to try this, but my hubbies bald spot sweats REALLY badly and his mouth is on fire if there is too much spice. Oh dear, this sounds so lovely. I would just hate to have a cake that is too much heat….to waste all that lovely dark chocolate. YUM….

    • Pam- by all means, take the seeds and veins out if you are worried about spice :) Good luck!!!

  13. yeah this is definitely pin-worthy!

  14. Chocolate and chilies is such a fantastic combination. This chocolate cake looks absolutely perfect, great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  15. Tieghan says:

    You make the most gorgeous food, but especially cakes! I mean, wow! SO pretty and I love the spicy kick! :)

  16. Gorgeous, I love the mix of chocolate and spice!

  17. Elita says:

    This is a gorgeous cake! I’ve had chocolate chili cakes before and I love the flavor combo. However, am I the only one noticing that jalapenos have been hot as Hades lately? I bought one for my super bowl salsa and burned my fingers, eyes and nose chopping it!

  18. Erika Ramos says:

    Sounds tempting -will try!

  19. HOLY COW! This is the chocolate cake of my dreams! I love that fudge frosting.