There’s just something about warm spice blended into the sweet taste of chocolate – just divine. The most traditional mixture of cinnamon and chocolate I can think of is Mexican Hot Chocolate. You’ll find a ton of different recipes for Mexican Hot Chocolate but in the end the important ingredients are chocolate and some kind of spice (whether it be chili powder, cinnamon or both). From: Food, Wine and Fashion. *EDIT, this recipe has been altered after talking with pammyowl and is good to go.
BUTTERMILK CHOCOLATE CAKE
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1⁄3 cup water (to mix the espresso in)
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1⁄3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 ounces mascarpone cheese or 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 mini marshmallows (optional)
- 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Add sugar, buttermilk and oil to a stand mixer (or large bowl if you’re using a hand mixer). Mix well. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix well.
- In a separate large bowl, sift cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Pour in your espresso mixture, blend, then continue with two more addition's of the remaining dry ingredients.
- Pour blended batter about 3/4 full into cupcake pans lined with cupcake liners. Bake until the cupcakes have puffed up with a deep brown color, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.
- While cupcakes are baking, using a double boiler, melt chocolate until completely smooth. Let cool. In a large bowl, mix cooled chocolate and mascarpone cheese until well blended. Scoop mixture into a piping bag.
- With a knife or melon baller, carefully create a hole in the center of each cupcake. Pipe the chocolate mixture into the hole you just created, about 1½ tablespoons of chocolate into each cupcake.
- Mix heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a stand mixer and whip to stiff peaks. Add to a piping bag and pipe over each cupcake in a circular motion.
- Decorate with one or more mini marshmallows and pinch of cinnamon if you like.
Very good flavor, moist and delicious! Needs a bit of tweaking, but fun to make and I loved the whipped cream topping as it wasn't too sweet. Thanks for sharing, made for PRMR 2013
I was very disappointed with this recipe. I followed it exactly but what resulted was a mess. The cupcakes looked like plastic and didn%u2019t cook in the noted amount of time. I had to put them back in the oven for another five minute and the bottoms were still wet and mushy, not fudgy. The consistency is also dry and rubbery. The chocolate, cinnamon and coffee have a good flavor together, but I just have to say I won%u2019t be trying this one again. Sorry.