Chocolate Chili Cupcakes

Two weeks ago I went to my first book launch! I had such a nice day!

I started my blog when I did a recipe test for Vanessa Kimbell. She was looking for people to test the recipes from her upcoming cook book Prepped! It was the most scary but fun thing Id done for ages! Little did I know I would be lucky enough to test more recipes and then get to go to the Prepped book launch. As a recipe tester I wore pink along with other recipe testers at the launch! It was lovely to meet some of the other recipe testers and so many others. Any nerves I may have had disappeared with each friendly new person I met! There were lots of lovely treats made from Prepped, such as Chocolate Raspberry cake, Victoria Sponge with Cardamom Rose Cream & Rhubarb. There were Cookies, Chocolate, Vanilla &  Black pepper Cupcakes and more! It was all delicious, of course I had to try everything, it would have been rude not too!

I took some Chili Chocolate Cupcakes to the book launch. The recipe is from the book Prepped, although Id tested some recipes this was the first of many recipes I will be making from my own copy of the book. I must mention how beautiful the Prepped book is. From the beautiful bright pink cover to the gorgeous photos and inspired recipes  inside, it  really is such a lovely book. Well done to Vanessa!

Anyway the cupcakes, they were adventurous for me. Not only is there chili in the cake but also beetroot, neither of which Id used in sweet cooking before. The results were great, the cake is moist and light. I couldn’t detect the beetroot taste that I had expected! The chili leaves a slight warming of the throat after you swallowed the cake, thoroughly pleasing, I thought! The cupcakes have a chocolate ganache filling, (you can double this recipe and make gorgeous truffles with the other half!). To finish the cupcakes are topped with a smooth chocolate icing. Delicious! I will definitely be experimenting with mixing chili and chocolate again!

The recipe for the cupcakes is on Vanessa’s blog  The recipe on the blog is for a large chocolate cake but use a large cupcake pan and you will get 16 cupcakes.


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  1. #1 by lizthechef on June 25, 2011 - 21:30

    Such an adventure – remember when I suggested your name to Vanessa through twitter? I adore chili in chocolate – cupcakes sound scrumptious!

  2. #2 by jaynerly on June 26, 2011 - 10:30

    It has indeed been an adventure! I love the word scrumptious!

  3. #3 by Vanessa Kimbell on June 27, 2011 - 15:06

    You did such an amazing job of those! I can;t thank you enough for all your help and support.

  4. #4 by Ren Behan - Fabulicious Food! on July 1, 2011 - 18:35

    It was so lovely to meet you at the launch. Recipe testing for Prepped! was one of the first things I did when I was new to blogging too and I met so many lovely people through it – not least Vanessa! I keep meaning to try the chocolate chilli cupcakes, if the chocolate, vanilla and black pepper are anything to go by they will be delicious! Hope to see you again soon.

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