Chocolate Chipotle Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache
The Iron Cupcake®: Earth Competition

A chocolate chipotle cupcake recipe was the August 2008 winner of the Iron Cupcake®: Earth competition. Each month, the Iron Cupcake®: Earth blog announces a challenge ingredient for this "ultimate world-wide cupcake competition" [source: Iron Cupcake Earth]. Then, professional cupcake makers and amateurs alike from all over the world set to creating a tasty recipe featuring the ingredient, and a winner is selected by readers of the blog.

Are you in the mood for something spicy, but don't want to skip dessert? This surprisingly delicious flavor combination combines the kick of chili peppers (specifically chipotle chili powder) with the sweetness of chocolate and the spice of cinnamon. Topped with chocolate ganache (a chocolate cream glaze that's not as fluffy as traditional frosting), this cupcake satisfies cravings for both the spicy and the sweet. It definitely gives new meaning to the phrase "hot chocolate."

Chili peppers and chocolate actually go together pretty well -- you'll find this unique combination in other popular foods like mole (a chili chocolate sauce) and sometimes, cocoa powder is added to a spicy dish to give it a little something extra.