Mexican Chocolate Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers
I'll keep it short and sweet (and chocolatey and a teensy bit spicy) this month, friends.
I have a 6 month old that doesn't sleep at night, and I am feeling it.
But chocolate has caffeine in it, right?
Gimme the all the caffeine.
My choice for this month's Cake Slice bake is this diminutive Mexican Chocolate Cake.
What makes it Mexican? The cinnamon and dash of cayenne in the batter and frosting. If you've ever had Abuelita's brand hot chocolate, you know the beauty of a lightly spiced chocolate treat.
The cake itself is rich and moist, without being dense. The whipped chocolate ganache is where it's at, though.
The recipe called for two tablespoons of Kahlua in the frosting...but I didn't have Kahlua. I improvised by microwaving a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon and a half of water until the sugar had dissolved, adding about a half teaspoon of instant coffee, and about 1/8 teaspoon rum extract. Not exactly Kahlua, but close enough for me.
I only added the tiniest dash of cayenne to the cake batter and frosting because I didn't want my kids to think I am a mean mom. We live in New Mexico, and chile is a big deal. Being able to "handle the heat," so to speak, is a matter of great pride. But I wanted my kids to be able to enjoy it too.
Although, a couple of nights ago, my two year old son insisted on trying some salsa on a chip. It was not wimpy salsa--it had a genuine New Mexico kick (just how I like it!). He complained for 15 minutes or so until I gave in and let him dip the corner of his tortilla chip. He (predictably) started crying, but went in for a second bite.
I've never been prouder. *sniff*
I decorated my cake to look *sort of* like those beautiful embroidered dresses that are worn in Mexico and Central America. I did it quickly, so it's not stellar piping, but again...good enough is the name of the game these days.
If you're looking for a little twist on a classic, give this Mexican Chocolate Cake a try! You can never go wrong with chocolate!
Mexican Chocolate Cake
from Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd
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It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for April 2021 were ~
Tiny Tres Leches Cake