Chocolate Chili Cupcakes with a Chocolate Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Chili cupcakes

Allison Beck


For the cupcakes:

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chili powder, preferably high grade, like Mexican

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature

4 extra-large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

1 cup water

For the glaze:

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup skim milk

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 pound confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup bourbon

1/4 cup vanilla extract

These go well with chili, as the hint of spice in the cake is mellowed nicely by the sweet bourbon glaze. These are also simple in appearance, so they are a perfect palette for decorating with piped frostings and other decorations.


For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 36 muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chili powder, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add chocolate and beat on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and water in three parts, alternating between the two, and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until just combined, about 2 minutes.

Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4ths full with batter. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted  into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Rotate the cupcake pans halfway through for even baking. Let cool completely before frosting.

For the glaze:

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine the butter and cocoa powder and let them melt slowly, making sure not to burn the chocolate.

Whisk together the milk and vinegar and add to the butter/cocoa mix. Add the confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, whisking as you go. Stir in the bourbon and the vanilla. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The icing should harden a bit. When it is spreadable, ice the cupcakes.


Calories per serving:

268 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 13g 19%
  • Carbs 36g 12%
  • Saturated 8g 38%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 27g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 5%
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 108mg 4%
  • Calcium 39mg 4%
  • Magnesium 20mg 5%
  • Potassium 98mg 3%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 68mg 10%
  • Vitamin A 106µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 4%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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