Mexican Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mexican Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
10 servings

All the goodness of spicy Mexican hot chocolate in a cake.



Chocolate Cake

Softened unsalted butter, for the pans
cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
1 ¾
cups granulated sugar
cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ¾
tsp chipotle powder
1 ½
tsp baking powder
1 ½
tsp ground cinnamon
tsp baking soda
tsp kosher salt
cup vegetable oil
cup whole milk
tsp vanilla extract
large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting

oz cream cheese, softened
sticks (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, softened
cups confectioners' sugar
1 ½
tsp vanilla extract
Cocoa powder, for dusting



Special equipment: two 9-inch round cake pans

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

Step 2

Mix the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, chipotle powder, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl until blended. Add the oil, milk, vanilla and eggs and beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly blended, about 2 minutes.

Step 3

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool on a rack 10 minutes, then invert the pans to remove the cakes and cool completely.

Step 4

Beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until the frosting is very smooth, about 2 minutes.

Step 5

Spoon 2 cups of the frosting onto the top of one cake layer and smooth evenly with an offset spatula. Top with the second layer. Spoon just enough frosting on top to make a thin but even coating of frosting on top and all along the sides of the cake; it is okay if this frosting gets messy and full of crumbs. Freeze the cake until the frosting is firm, about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Spoon the remaining frosting onto the cake and smooth evenly over the entire cake with the offset spatula. Dust lightly with cocoa powder and serve.

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