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Vegan Spicy Cupcakes {AKA Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes}

I can name 800 ways to eat spicy (and I can cook 'em all, too). Even Vegan Spicy Cupcakes {AKA Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes}.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24


  • Cupcakes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tspn cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 1 tblspn cocoa powder
  • Icing
  • 4 cans coconut milk
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tspn cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tspn cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon
  • 24 maraschino cherries


  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Grease muffin tin or put cupcake liners in and grease them, whatever. Set aside.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl except for the chocolate chips.
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients together in another medium bowl.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients in 1/3 cup increments. Or, if you’re impatient, like me, just dump everything together.
  6. Blend until batter is smooth.
  7. Fill muffin tins approximately 3/4 full, but be prepared–this stuff rises funny in the center, so you might have a funny hump (or maybe it’s just me).
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the centermost cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  10. To make the icing, open your coconut milk cans and scoop the thick cream part into a bowl, trying to get as little of the coconut water as possible. Discard coconut water or just set aside for chugging later, whatever.
  11. Add the other ingredients.
  12. Mix on high 2-3 minutes with a hand mixer until it becomes stiff and fluffy.
  13. Slap some icing on top of each cupcake (you can pipe it, but I was in a hurry and just used a knife this time).
  14. Top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.
  15. Get a glass of water ready, because you're gonna need it. LOL!