Spicy Chocolate Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time: 20 min
Yields: 10 to 12 servings


This surprisingly lively Spicy Chocolate Cake will be a hit with the dessert lovers among your friends. This is a perfect finale for any occasion.


  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons diced jalapeños (optional)
  • 3 to 3 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease two 9-inch-round baking pans or one 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

BEAT granulated sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs; beat for 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; beat into chocolate mixture alternately with milk. Stir in jalapeños. Pour into prepared pan(s).

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan(s) for 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack(s) to cool completely.

powdered sugar, milk, butter, Choco Bake, vanilla extract and salt in small mixer bowl until mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost cake.

* Follow melting instructions on NESTLÉ® package.

Sugar with spice and everything nice

by N. Natalie , Jamaica Plain, MA on Oct. 2009

At first I was a little reluctant to use jalapenos. However my curiosity won over, and I added them. They gave this cake an extra little kick. This cake was amazing and everyone loved it!

My new favorite cake

by A. Angela , GLENDALE, AZ on Apr. 2008

I made this cake for my family for Easter, and as soon as I bit into it I fell in love! The cinnamon adds a wonderful depth to the chocolate flavor, and it was very moist and kept for quite a few days. I also left out the jalapeños and used a different Nestle frosting recipe.

vary excellent

by c. charlotte , SALT LAKE CITY, UT on Feb. 2008

this cake is so good it has just the right amount of spices, and it is vary moist. i am definitly going to make this again.

Spicy Chocolate Cake

by S. SHEILA , WINNETKA, CA on Aug. 2006

When I frist seen JALAPENOS I thought NO WAY could this ever taste good,,, WOW was I never WRONG. I'm still laughing no one else has figured out what the spicy taste is and I'm not telling LOL.

Spicy Chocolate Cake

by P. Patricia , GREENSBORO, NC on Jun. 2006

This is as good as it gets ,and with all the different ways to fix it WOW!! We love it !

A little Kick

by M. Melissa , RIVER ROUGE, MI on May. 2006

Add a little kick with the sweetness of chocolate. My family will love this cake especially with chocolate being there favorite.


by j. jackie , melrose park, PA on May. 2006

yum is the first word to come to mind. this recipe was great for my family christmas dinner. Thanks so much for this it was chocolatey-goodness

spicy chocolate cake

by D. Deanna , RACELAND, LA on May. 2006

This is a very delicious and moist cake.

Spicy Chocolate cake

by S. Sharon , CANANDAIGUA, NY on May. 2006

This cake melts in your mouth but gives a hint of flavor that creates a taste with pleasure to want to eat it all. Love the recipe.

Great Taste

by S. Sharon , Bohemia, NY on May. 2006

I made this for my sister-in-laws birthday, and it was a great hit everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. When it is someones bithday in our house they tell me they want the Chocolate Spicy Cake.