Chilli Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chilli Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Regular readers will no doubt be familiar with the Moist Chocolate Cake recipe I posted a few weeks ago. When I needed a cake for Joe’s birthday, of course I went for another one of those. However, this time I didn’t have anything to hand for a filling/topping so I whipped up a quick chocolate buttercream. It was nice, but somehow I just wanted it to be a little more… interesting.

I added some vanilla seeds and that helped, but there was still something lacking. I decided to try a pinch of chilli powder, and that turned out to be the answer! I’m a big fan of chilli flavoured chocolate (and chocolate with salt crystals in it for that matter) so it made perfect sense to me. 

I only added a scant pinch, I’d say probably quarter of a teaspoon at the most. The idea wasn’t to be able to taste it outright, just to give the flavour a bit more depth and a tiny bit of warmth. Everyone loved it and nobody could identify what the secret ingredient was. Give it a try!

Chilli Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Delicious chocolate cake frosting with a subtle warmth
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g softened butter
  2. 250g sifted icing sugar
  3. 65g cocoa powder
  4. 1 tsp vanilla paste
  5. Small pinch of chilli powder
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla paste, cocoa powder and chilli powder and mix thoroughly to combine.
  3. Makes enough to both fill and top a standard sized round cake (9 inches or so across).
  4. Sprinkle some grated chocolate or cocoa powder on top to finish if you like.
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